Human rights activist and former Afghan MP Malalai Joya spoke at and marched in a peace protest. She is on a speaking tour of the United States and was initially denied a visa.

Steve Rhodes, Demotix.com, April 11, 2011

Malalai Joya in peace march in San Francisco
April 10, 2011: Malalai Joya delivering speech to protesters in San Francisco peace march. (Photo by Steve Rhodes)

Human rights activist and former Afghan MP Malalai Joya spoke at and marched in a peace protest. She is on a speaking tour of the United States and was initially denied a visa.San Francisco, USA 10/04/2011

Former Afghan MP Malalai Joya spoke at an rally against wars in Dolores Park in San Francisco. She then led the over mile long march. She had spoken the previous night about her experience working for human rights in Afghanistan.

Malalai Joya in peace march in San Francisco
April 10, 2011: Malalai Joya at San Francisco peace protest. (Photo by Steve Rhodes)

Her visa to travel to the United States for a book tour was initially denied. She was granted a visa after a week of calls and letters including one signed by Representatives Jim McDermott, Jay Inslee, Keith Ellison, Peter Welch, Betty McCollum, and Bill Pascrell, and Senators John Kerry, Bernie Sanders, and Patty Murray.

She missed scheduled stops in New York City and Washington DC before starting the tour in Boston, but those cities have been added. She will be in the US through April 15th.