We summarize last week’s activities; announce upcoming events for next week; and reflect on President Obama's and Governor Kasich's proposed budgets; why the "GDP" is not a good measurement of progress and wellbeing (and alternative measurements); oligarchy and political power; why a person thinking about running for President can only be "viable" if they can raise at least $50 million; and secret leaks revealing the US-European mis-named "trade" agreement will undermine sovereignty and democracy.
We summarize last week’s activities; announce upcoming events for next week; and comment on a report showing top 1% in Ohio and US reap most of gains in economic recovery, the richest 1%’s concern about inequality, the economic impact on Ohio of declining oil prices, the Koch brothers plan to spend $900 million on the elections, and the 39th anniversary of the Supreme Court decision anointing money as “free speech.” We also interview Jennifer Toles, President of the Board of Akron’s community low-power radio station – Radio Free Akron
We summarize last week’s activities; announce upcoming events for next week; and reflect on the how the Citizens United decision, trade proposals like the TPP and the PUCO hearings on the First Energy proposed bailout are consistent with the corporate playbook to escape democratic control; President Obama’s “the shadow of the crisis has passed” comment during the State of the Union address vs reality; and the economic and political impact of the world’s richest 1% having nearly 50% of the world’s wealth.
Call for Spirited Action: Quaker Network to end mass incarceration
Have you heard about the new growing network of Quakers working together across the country to end mass incarceration? What started as a small group of Friends meeting during mealtimes at the 2014 Friends General Conference Gathering has burgeoned into a movement of Quakers connecting across the country to see how we can pool our knowledge and resources on shifting our prison system.
People really want good information on changes in immigration law, according to Jody Mashek, who directs AFSC Iowa's Immigration Legal Services program. Jody recently presented to 160 people at Sacred Heart Church in West Des Moines, Iowa about President Obama's executive orders on extended Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Deferred Action for Parental Accountability (DAPA).
In this six-minute interview, Sandra Sanchez, director of AFSC Iowa's Immigrants Voice Program, describes the community outreach presentations she's making for the immigrant community in Central Iowa. Sandra's presentations describe the requirements of President Obama's Executive Orders on extended Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Deferred Action for Parental Accountability (DAPA). Sandra also hosts a weekly radio show on La Reina 1260 AM.
We summarize last week’s activities; announce upcoming events for next week; and reflect on the pros and cons of dropping oil prices for people and nations; First Energy corporation’s proposed rate hike; a positive democracy development in the current US-European trade negotiations; commemorating both Martin Luther King’s birthday and the 5th anniversary of the Citizens United Supreme Court decision; and on several quotes of Martin Luther King.
We summarize last week’s activities; announce upcoming events for next week; reflect on anti-democratic and democracy realities in 2014; and share predictions economically and politically in 2015 at the global, national and state levels.
The reflections of the 2014 anti-democratic and democracy realities are based on these articles written by Greg Coleridge
“Top” 10 Anti-Democratic Realities in 2014
A 13 minute presentation by Elaine Scarry (Walter M. Cabot Professor of Aesthetics and General Theory of Value at Harvard College) at a December 2014 Boston-area meeting to mobilize for and beyond the events on the eve of the 2015 Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference. The AFSC is taking a central role in this internatonal effort for Peace and Planet: for Justice, Environment, and Nuclear Abolition.
AFSC is a Quaker organization devoted to service, development, and peace programs throughout the world. Our work is based on the belief in the worth of every person, and faith in the power of love to overcome violence and injustice. Learn more
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AFSC has offices around the world. To see a complete list see the Where We Work page.