Geral Blanchard on Ancient Ways, Indigenous Wisdom
In this August 30, 2011 edition of the Fallon Forum, Jon Krieg of AFSC's Central Regional Office in Des Moines visits with Geral Blanchard, author of the new book "Ancient Ways: Indigenous Healing Innovations for the 21st Century." With 40 years experience as a counselor in the realm of sexual violence, Gerry shares what he's learned from his visits with indigenous communities around the globe -- wars are not inevitable, there are healthier ways of dealing with crime and deviant behavior, and that spirit should have a role in healing.
Originally from Kenya, Lydia Kirior served her MSW practicum internship this summer with AFSC Iowa. Lydia has a bachelor's degree in social and religiuos studies and hopes to "educate myself and go back home to work for social change and fight for justice in my community."
During her time at AFSC, Lydia helped organize this public forum on Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD.
Fadima Gologo, AFSC intern, on globalization and migration
Globalization and migration were the focus of Fadima Gologo’s summer 2011 internship with AFSC in Denver. A native of Mali, Fadima is a senior International Affairs/Political Science major at Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa.
Fadima prepared this zine on the topic for an August workshop on globalization geared mainly for members of Coloradoans for Immigrant Rights.
Budget Priorities segment of August 11 Hearland Labor Forum, KKFI
Ira Harritt, Kansas City Program Coordinator, provided an update on the federal budget debate on KKFI Community Radio's Heartland Labor forum on Thursday, August 11, 2011. In this interview he reviewed what economists and leaders are saying about the recent budget deficit deal and discussed what will really put people back to work and heal our ailing economy.
Kathleen McQuillen on the Federal Budget and Palestine-Israel
Kathleen McQuillen, AFSC Iowa Program Coordinator, speaks with Fallon Forum guest host Jon Krieg about the federal budget, military overspending and an upcoming interfaith conference on Palestine-Israel.
Ira Harritt, KC Program Coordinator, spoke at the “Rally for Bradley” in support of Manning’s human and civil rights and status as whistleblower. Harritt spoke to the larger context of Manning imprisonment stating: "We, not the terrorists, not an enemy out there, have destroyed too much of what we value in America. It has long been recognized that the first casualty of war is the truth and this is being acted out on a daily basis. Too many lies, too many secrets and too much misinformation have been foisted upon the American public in the pursuit of war."
Sara Crippen, an AFSC Iowa intern, describes her desire to continue work for immigrant rights.
If you want to catch Sara Crippen, you'd better lace up your track shoes. Tight.
A 2011 graduate of Central College in Pella, Iowa and a member of the Central track team, Sara served as an intern during the spring semester with AFSC Iowa's Immigrants Voice Program in Des Moines. Every Tuesday afternoon, Sara assisted Jody Mashek, IVP Legal Services Director, with walk-in hours. With a beaming smile, Sara offered a warm welcome to immigrants seeking a variety of immigration legal services, including family reunification.
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