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In 2008, AFSC organized a conference in Philadelphia on maximum security prisons – Stop Max Conference. Up until that time, the AFSC PA program had been focusing mainly on U.S. sponsored torture. The conference was influential in opening up the work to include the use of prolonged isolation in our prisons as torture. Scilla will talk about the recognition by national as well as local groups that torture is being practiced in our prisons as well as by our Government.  

On February 21, 2013 Erin Polley, AFSC's program coordinator of the Indiana Peacebuilding Program and the If I Had a Trillion Dollars (IHTD) Youth film festival discussed the history of the IHTD and why this was an important moment to discuss budget priorities. Also, she gave an update on this year’s 3rd annual IHTD, plans for a DC leadership training and lobby day, and how you can participate in the future.

Longtime director of the National Women's Program, Saralee Hamilton, discusses AFSC's position on homosexuality at the world-wide conference on women's rights.  This clip is part of a 1985 AFSC update on the National Women's Program which outlines the program's issues, events and publications.

"Calling forth the goodness" is a podcast series that features the voices and communities that work together to create change.

This episode, "Seeds of an Occupation," tells the story of how the AFSC is partnering with students, interfaith coalitions, and community groups to end the Israeli occupation in Palestine through the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement.

Listen and hear the voices of community members all around the country working together for change.

As a founding member in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission officially launched this year, AFSC is working to address the history and consequences of state removal of Native children from their homes, a practice that stared decades ago in a context of forced assimilation. As late as 1984, Maine continued to have one of the highest rates of removal of Native children in the country. The TRC’s aims are to uncover the truth, improve child welfare practices and facilitate community healing.

A year ago, New Hampshire issued a “Request for Proposals” to firms Interested in building and managing a state prison that would hold most or all the state’s prisoners. A campaign involving AFSC, the State Employees Union, and other groups formed to fight privatization. As of December, privatization opponents are optimistic they will succeed and are turning their attention to measures which would reduce the number of people imprisoned in New Hampshire.

AFSC's Denise Altvatar speaks on the story behind the Truth and Reconciliation commissions in Maine.

On December 20, 2012 Shan Cretin, AFSC General Secretary, shared highlights from 2012 including the stories of people affected by AFSC’s work.


"Calling forth the goodness" is a podcast series that features the voices and communities that work together to create change.

This first episode, "Working at the Root," tells the story of how AFSC partnered with communities in and around Albuquerque, N.M., to help local people keep their water rights while providing fresh, organic vegetables to area public schools.

Listen and hear the voices of community members in the South Valley of New Mexico working together for change.

Listen to David Niyonzima, founder and director of the Trauma Healing and Reconconiliation Services (THARS) in Burundi, on how his faith influences his peace work.  David leads workshops on trauma healing and providing community spaces for peaceful dialogue and reconciliation.

This audio is an excerpt from a longer interview with David Niyonzima, conducted by Friends Liaison Lucy Duncan and Friends Relations Fellow, Madeline Schaefer.  As well as being the director of THARS, David is also a Quaker pastor and member of Burundi Yearly Meeting.

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