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Secret assassination and its aftermath

"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.

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RAF Reaper MQ-9 Remotely Piloted Air System

Picture of a Reaper Drone

RAF Reaper MQ-9 Military Drone

Gaza one year on: Does the world wake up?

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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Children walking through the rubble of Gaza

Children walking through the rubble of Gaza

Children walking through the rubble of Gaza

How Quakers can help end mass incarceration

AFSC has been collaborating with QuakerSpeak, a project of Friends Journal, on several videos about issues on which AFSC works and how Quakers can support change. The second video in the series of three reflects on "How Quakers can help end mass incarceration" and features AFSC staff members Laura Magnani, Farajii Mohammed, and Lewis Webb.

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 Another Quaker working to end mass incarceration

Another Quaker working to end mass incarceration

On Charleston: Will we answer forgiveness with repentance?

“I don’t believe slavery ended in 1865, I believe it just evolved.” – Bryan Stevenson

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Know their names

Know their names with Mother Emanuel AME Church drawing

Know their names with Mother Emanuel AME Church drawing

No separate justice

Bonnie Kerness presented this talk at a vigil at the Metropolitan Correctional Center on May 4th, 2015 in New York City. - Lucy

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Cell at Eastern State Penitentiary

Cell at Eastern State Penitentiary

Cell at Eastern State Penitentiary

Ending Mass Incarceration: The Pitfalls of Incremental Change

Much of the conference on ending mass incarceration at Pendle Hill was focused on listening and learning about the issues, but also considering effective strategy: how to build campaigns, how to center the leadership of those formerly or currently incarcerated and their families in movements, how to do this work in a way that can have the most impact.

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Walnut Street Jail in Philadelphia

Walnut Street Jail in Philadelphia

Walnut Street Jail in Philadelphia

Building a nonviolent revolution against injustice: A conversation with Michelle Alexander

Below is an excerpt from a plenary session at the recent Ending mass incarceration and the New Jim Crow conference at Pendle Hill. Michelle Alexander was interviewed by Daniel Hunter and Jondhi Harrell. This excerpt has been edited for focus and for the written page, so that it flows more easily. Watch the video below to hear the full, very rich conversation.

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Michelle Alexander

Michelle Alexander

Michelle Alexander

Called by God: an interview with Migwe Kimemia

This is an interview by volunteer writer Kadija Diallo of Migwe Kimemia, director of AFSC's Peace and Trade Justice program in Dayton, Ohio. Migwe discusses the development of the program and the spiritual basis for his work. - Lucy

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Family immigrant detention centers: The new internment camps

Staff members of AFSC’s Immigrant Rights Program in Newark joined advocates from across the nation in a protest against the family detention policies of the US government on May 1 in Dilley, Texas.  The Corrections Corporation of America, a for-profit company, runs the largest immigrant family detention center in the United States in Dilley that will detain up to 2400 mothers and children.

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South Texas Family Residential Center

South Texas Family Residential Center

South Texas Family Residential Center

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