April 2012 Program Update with Shan Cretin and Keith Harvey
This is a recording of the American Friends Service Committee’s Monthly Program Update call from April 19, 2012 with Shan Cretin, AFSC’s General Secretary. Shan sat down with Keith Harvey, Regional Director, of the Cambridge, MA office to discuss AFSC's Truth and Reconciliation work with the Wabanaki Youth program.
March 2012 Program Update with Eisha Mason featuring Caroline Isaacs
This is a recording of the American Friends Service Committee’s Monthly Program Update call from March 15, 2012 with Caroline Isaacs, AFSC’s Program Director in Tucson Arizona. Caroline recently released a 100-page report detailing problems in that state’s private prisons. Already the report has received national attention, and had an impact on policy in Arizona.
February 2012 Program Update with Peter Lems and Mary Zerkel
This is a recording of the American Friends Service Committee’s Monthly Program Update call from February 29, 2012 with AFSC experts on Afghanistan and Iraq Peter Lems and Mary Zerkel, based out of Chicago discussing the “Cost of War.”
They shared information on various programs, events, and resources designed to help bring peace to the Middle East and around the world. They explain AFSC’s strategies to help citizens engage US policy makers to 'Move the Money' in the federal budget and reprioritize the country’s current spending.
From bored to energized and hopeful, young Latinas in Iowa recently changed their view about the legislative process and their potential to create change. Aided by Sandra Sanchez, AFSC Iowa Immigrants Voice Program Director, this group of girls, called the Mariposas, identified issues important to them, such as the Iowa version of the federal DREAM Act. Sandra explains more in this five-minute interview with Jon Krieg of AFSC's Central Regional Office in Des Moines.
[On February 21, 2012, the Iowa House Judiciary Committee passed House File 2156, a bill penalizing employers in Iowa who hire undocumented workers. The bill requires employers to use a national E-Verify program to screen potential workers. Sandra Sanchez, AFSC Iowa Immigrants Voice Program Director, explains below and via this five-minute audio why this is bad news for Iowa.]
In this four-minute interview, Hector describes how he found out about AFSC and why he thinks volunteers should give their time freely. Hector and other volunteers are working with Jody Mashek, legal services director of AFSC's Iowa Immigrant Voice Program, as AFSC assists Salvadorans who are renewing their temporary protected status, or TPS.
First Eight Minutes of Occupy Des Moines talk with Des Moines Valley Friends Meeting
What would William Penn think of today's Occupy movement? As Kathleen McQuillen, AFSC Iowa Program Coordinator, noted in a recent second-hour discussion with the Des Moines Valley Friends Meeting, Penn observed that the love of money is the root of all evil, which seems like a reasonable link with today's Occupiers. McQuillen added that the widening wealth gap in our country has created an extreme democracy gap; both are driving today's calls for change.
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