Learn About "The Peaceful Surge" In Afghanistan With Julia Bolz Jan. 22nd

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Seattleite Julia Bolz will be presenting a photo essay of her work educating boys and girls in Afghanistan at St. Francis’ Parish Hall on Friday, Jan 22nd.

Last May, Julia spoke at St. Francis about “Alternative Strategies to War” (see our previous coverage here), and according to the Ayni Education website:

If you had met Julia in 1998, she was a partner in a downtown Seattle law firm.  Her story of going from a lawyer to a social justice advocate is a story in itself; but, she was greatly affected by the illness of one of her sister’s who was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Her illness really affected Julia, who found herself saying, “If I only had 6 months to live, do I like what I’m doing?  Do I like the legacy I’m leaving behind?”  After a great deal of soul searching, Julia decided to take a two-year sabbatical and moved to Africa.  She decided to do something that tugged at her heart-strings – human rights and social justice issues affecting women and children.

Here are the details:

WHAT: “The Peaceful Surge” – Julia Bolz’ photos about her journey building Afghan schools

WHEN: Friday, January 22, from 7-9 pm

WHERE: St. Francis Church, Parish Hall 15226 21st Ave, Burien 98166; enter parking lot from 20th Ave.

INFO: Refreshments will be served and there will also be a bake sale. Please bring ball-point pens to send to the students. Learn more about Julia’s work and how you can help: (donations are tax-deductible) www.aynieducation.org

CONTACT: For more information, contact Annie Phillips at 206-275-1393; St. Francis of Assisi Parish Social Justice contact: Frances Davis • 206-242-4575 ext. 29

From a press release:

Seattleite Mounts Peaceful Surge

Is military escalation the path to peace? What would victory in Afghanistan, look like?

Come find out why one brave woman is stepping up her work educating Afghan boys and girls. Find out what she thinks of the troop surge.

Julia Bolz will update us and show slides of the schools she’s built, the charming kids who attend them, and the village elders who work with her in rural Afghanistan. Friday evening at 7, January 22, at Saint Francis Parish Hall, on 152nd Street and 21st Avenue in Burien. Enter parking lot from 20th Ave.

Refreshments will be served, and there’ll be a bake sale. More items for bake sale are welcome! (come early)…and bring ball-point pens, which are hard to get in Afghanistan, for us to mail to students there.

Learn more about Julia’s work and how you can get involved: www.aynieducation.org Donations are tax-deductible.

Contact: Annie Phillips, 206-275-1393

Sponsored by Southend Neighbors for Peace, and St Francis of Assisi Parish Social Justice.

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