Today, you can take part in UFPJ’s National Media Day of Action on Afghanistan, and let people know that the escalation of war in Afghanistan must end. Call a radio station, write a letter to the editor, comment on a blog, send out a tweet—UFPJ has provided a range of ways for you to take action.
Every day, there seem to be new indications that the Obama Administration has its priorities completely skewed when it comes to the war in Afghanistan. Yesterday, while testifying before the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton worried that the US is “losing the media war” in Afghanistan. She explained that militants are using radio broadcasts to spread disinformation and that the US must work to ramp up its communications strategy to convey its values to Afghans.
The problem here is not one of image, but one of reality. The Taliban and other fundamentalist forces are not gaining ground in Afghanistan simply because of a more advanced communications strategy. Rather, the destruction of the US-led war creates new support for such groups and bitterness towards US policies that sustain the war.
And the Obama Administration is not only trying to sell the war to Afghans—they are hard at work on that front right here in the US. That’s why campaigns like UFPJ’s National Media Day of Action on Afghanistan are so necessary. Through this campaign, they are calling for people against escalation of the war in Afghanistan to get their voices heard.
This campaign activates multiple forms of media, from print to radio to online. Click here to find out all the ways you can get involved.