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Audio from AFSC

Happy New Year! We summarize last week’s activities; share upcoming events for next week; and, in light of the new year, share our program, activity and event plans for 2016. (Length: 24:12)
In Part III of our series on the Quaker Social Change Ministry pilot program, we explore how to co-create a community that can sustain us for the long haul. Burnout can creep up on us unless we find nourishment in our spiritual life and in our communities. Grounding our work in worship, covenantal relationships, and story telling, we learn and grow together. With Lucy Duncan and Greg Elliott
We summarize last week’s activities; share upcoming events for next week; and comment on the Public Utility Commission of Ohio’s settlement proposal to bail out 2 FirstEnergy Corporation dirty plants, the “ lobbyist-wrapped Christmas present for our nation's biggest corporations” federal spending bill, Walmart corporation destroying jobs, the proposed merger between DuPont and Dow chemical corporations, and the good news that the TransPacific Partnership deal may not be voted on in 2016. 
We summarize last week’s activities; share upcoming events for next week; and comment on the new expert report on the killing of Tamir Rice, the Ohio so-called “Right to Work” legislation, the illegal/unconstitutional U.S. war in Syria, how international “trade” deals are already ambushing U.S. sovereignty/democracy, and how the Finnish and Swiss are responding to growing economic and financial problems. 
We summarize last week’s activities; share upcoming events for next week; and comment on a proposed Ohio legislative bill that would cut unemployment insurance benefits, indicators of the next economic crisis, the richest 20 Americans owning more than the bottom 50%, Mark Zuckerberg’s “charity” that will be used for political influence, and several examples of corporate and anti-corporate/democratic actions at the Paris climate talks. 
In Part II of our series on the Quaker Social Change Ministry pilot program, we explore what accompaniment, companioning, and followership looks like in this model for social change. Many of us fall into the trap of trying to create something new when we get inspired to do social justice work rather than supporting the powerful work already going on around us led by communities most impacted by injustice.  Learn more about this model of social justice activism with Kierstin Homblette and Greg Elliott.
Interview with Lee Brooker, facilitator of Kent Citizens for Democracy. The group waged a successful citizen initiative campaign, despite opposition from the City of Kent, to place a measure on the November ballot calling for an annual “Democracy Day” public hearing on money in elections and for a Congressional Constitutional Amendment to end corporate personhood and money as speech. The initiative passed with 64% of the vote. Lee discusses the issues, the campaign, the challenge before the Ohio Supreme Court, and lessons learned for other communities. 
We summarize last week’s activities; share upcoming events for next week; and interview Lee Brooker with Kent Citizens for Democracy on their successful ballot initiative to create a “Democracy Day” in Kent and in support of a Congressional Constitutional Amendment declaring that only human beings, not corporations, are persons with inalienable rights and that money is not equivalent to speech and, thus, can and should be regulated in elections. 
We summarize last week’s activities; share upcoming events for next week; and comment on how corporations profit from war, how the Trans-Pacific Partnership may be in trouble, and how rising inequality will widen and lead to social disorder if we don’t change the way money is created and distributed.

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