On Monday, Nov. 26, 2012, Denise Altvater presented a case study on the Maine Wabanaki - Child WelfareTruth and Reconciliation
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.
On Monday, December 10, 2012, Arnie Alpert presented a case study on prison privatization in New Hampshire.
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.
"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.
David Niyonzima on the role his faith plays in his work
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.
On Nov. 19, 2012, Bonnie Kerness discussed the New Directions Youth Project
The New Directions Youth Project was an after-school program that AFSC ran from 1994-2003. Twice a week for the entire school year, it brought together 12 high school students who’d had a first-time brush with the law.
Aura Kanegis is joined by Bridget Moix, former lobbyist of FCNL
On November 15, 2012 AFSC's Aura Kanegis, Director of Public Policy and Advocacy, and Bridget Moix, formerly of Friends Committee on National Legislation, discussed a joint AFSC-FCNL initiative to offer a Quaker alternative vision for U.S. foreign policy along with steps Friends can take to help make that vision a reality.
David Niyonzima on the traditional role of elders as peacemakers
Listen to David Niyonzima, founder and director of the Trauma Healing and Reconconiliation Services (THARS) in Burundi, on the traditional role of elders as community peacemakers. David's work involves leading workshops on trauma healing and providing community spaces for peaceful dialogue and reconciliation.
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.