Jerica Arents completed her M.A. in Social Justice at Loyola University at Chicago in 2010. She co-coordinates Voices for Creative Nonviolence (VCNV) and lives with the White Rose Catholic Worker community. She has authored articles about VCNV protests against predator drones and the torture murders of the Guantanamo “suicides,” and has been arrested while protesting these and other abominations.
Jerica traveled to Afghanistan in October, 2010 with VCNV, the Chicago-based group last year’s radio guest Kathy Kelly works with, and has written about the experience here and here, among other places.
“It’s all rhetoric and words that America is defending the rights of women”, said an articulate young woman named Zerghuna. With women and children dying daily not only from being caught in the crossfire, but also from the effects of poverty, malnutrition, and lack of available health care, they are skeptical about the justifications used by foreign forces around women’s rights.