We Got Hakim a Visa. Ali and Abdulhai Need Them Too.
Together with our allies (Voices for Creative Nonviolence, Fellowship of Reconciliation, Global Exchange), we flooded the State Department with emails asking them to grant a visa to Hakim, a leading peace activist in Afghanistan. When Hakim re-applied, the U.S. Consulate reconsidered his case and they granted the visa.
But Hakim is a mentor to the Afghan Peace Volunteers. When he visits the United States, at least two of those youth should come with him. Abdulhai and Ali (in photo at right) care deeply about their country. They are not a risk to stay in the United States (as the State Department fears). The only risk is that they will tell us what our occupation of their country is doing, and what they are doing to promote nonviolent alternatives.
Hakim expresses his gratitude and tells Abdulhai and Ali's moving stories here.
Please sign this petition, which will be delivered to the U.S. State Department. Please ask everyone you know to do the same.