Support the "Evacuate Our Allies" Operations Center
The situation in Afghanistan is dire as American troops pull out and the Taliban reclaim control of the country. Afghans who helped the U.S. throughout the past 20 years are now trying to leave the country. While the Taliban has given an August 31st deadline for evacuation, those on the ground face grave danger leaving the country and uncertainty at every step of the relocation process.
The Pacific Council has partnered with respected members including Steve Miska, executive director of First Amendment Voice, and Nell Cady-Kruse, risk consultant, to create the "Evacuate Our Allies" Operations Center to help evacuate U.S. allies in Afghanistan.
Due to the nature of this emergency response, consistent and constant coverage of phones and email is essential; therefore, our volunteers are committing their full-time support (8 to 12 hours per day) on-site in our offices in Downtown Los Angeles. The team is taking phone calls and fielding emails from a consortium of nonprofit partners engaged in helping to evacuate our allies - from the Kabul Airport to third party countries, U.S. receiving sites, and local resettlement agencies - sharing information among a coalition of networks dedicated to this rapid response.
There is not a minute to waste to get our Afghan allies out of Afghanistan and to a place of safety, temporary or not. Please consider making a one-time gift that will allow us to extend this project amid the continuously developing situation.
Your gift will help ensure that the Council continues to promote global engagement and aid in the safe withdrawal of our allies in Afghanistan.
Unable to make a gift? Here are other ways to get involved:
If you cannot donate, we are looking for volunteers who can commit to full-time shifts over the next two weeks through Friday, September 3, 2021. If you would like to volunteer, please fill out this brief Google form. The Pacific Council offices are located at: 725 S. Figueroa St. Suite 450, Los Angeles, CA 90017. If you have questions about volunteering, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
PLEASE NOTE: All volunteers must be vaccinated to enter the Operations Center and will be subject to temperature checks upon entering. If any symptoms related to COVID-19 are present, you will not be able to participate. Volunteers are also asked to wear a mask when in common spaces and to follow health and safety protocols. Due to the nature of emergency response, volunteers must be able to commit to full day shifts, 8-12 hours per day, for at least one full week.
Vets for American Ideals
If you are unable to volunteer with the information center, here are some additional ways to support efforts to evacuate U.S. allies in Afghanistan from the nonpartisan organization, Vets for American Ideals.
Pacific Council members are invited to tune into an upcoming virtual event featuring Steve Miska, Rob Key, and Cheryl Benard, about the current situation in Afghanistan, taking place at on Friday, August 27, at 12:00 p.m. PT.