A white person attending the Bernie Sander’s rally in Seattle last week probably understood what was happening as an unwelcome, uninvited interruption of Bernie’s attempts to speak on social programs. But in the world of Marissa Johnson and Mara Jacqueline Willaford, the two Black Lives Matter activists who took the stage, they weren’t just interrupting Bernie Sanders - they were interrupting white supremacy.
Though this piece, an exploration of working within an anti-racist framework in all work against oppression, but particularly in the movement to end the occupaton of Palestinian territory, is a personal statement by Mike Merryman-Lotze, it does reflect AFSC's organizational position with regard to this issue. - Lucy
In this piece Sahar Vardi reflects in journal form on the recent stabbing of a young woman at a Gay Pride protest in Tel Aviv (the young woman has subsequently died) and the arson attack on a Palestinian home that left a toddler burned to death. Sahar is AFSC's Israel program coordinator based in Jerusalem. - Lucy
Michiko Kodama, a Hibakusha--survivor of the atomic bomb in Hiroshima--shares a first hand account of her memories that day and provides a moving testimony calling for the abolition of what she calls "weapons of the devil."
"Cursed be he that smiteth his neighbor secretly." -- Deuteronomy 27:24
Some believe that drone attacks save U.S. lives because they do not rely on "boots on the ground" and thus service members are spared death and injury.
But what about other people's lives? Recently, as a Quaker and an American Friends Service Committee staff member, I joined a gathering of 150 interfaith folk at Princeton Theological Seminary to consider that very question.
Thursday (July 16th) was the anniversary of the death of the four Bakr boys who were shot and killed by an Israeli gunboat operator on the beach in Gaza as international reporters staying at the al-Deira hotel looked on.
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