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Letter from Birmingham City Jail: What would King say today?

Note: AFSC published Letter from Birmingham City Jail by Martin Luther King, Jr. in May, 1963. King wrote the letter on April 16, 1963 in response to an open, published letter from white clergy asking him to slow down, reproaching him on his methods and actions.

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Letter from Birmingham City Jail cover from the original 1963 AFSC edition

Letter from Birmingham City Jail cover from the original 1963 AFSC edition

Letter from Birmingham City Jail cover from the original 1963 AFSC edition

[Updated] Oscar's story: Help stop a deportation

UPDATE: Oscar was deported by Immigration & Customs Enforcement back to El Salvador

Hello Friends,

Thank you to everyone who has written letters to help keep Oscar in the United States. Thank you for raising your voices for justice.  Unfortunately, we learned today that Oscar was deported back to El Salvador. Here is a statement from his immigration lawyers:

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US Border Fence

US Border Fence

US Border Fence

Sojourning with Christ: Migration as calling

David Jaimes was asked to prepare a message for Saturday morning's programmed meeting for worship at the 2015 AFSC Corporation Meeting (March 5-7). David gave powerful vocal ministry inspired by the 2015 Corporation Meeting theme, "Radical Hospitality: Working for Immigrant Justice." Below is a version of his message that has been edited for length. If you'd like to learn how you or your meeting/church can support immigrant justice in your community, join our next call for spirited action with AFSC staff members Jenn Piper and Lori Khamala on Thursday.

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To Friends Everywhere: Epistle from AFSC 2015 Corporation Meeting

Despite the cancellation of Thursday night's program due to heavy snow, approximately 100 Friends attended the annual Corporation Meeting of AFSC this past weekend in Center City Philadelphia. Our short time together was filled with powerful workshops, engaging presentations, fruitful business sessions, and many exciting conversations.

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A story incomplete: Virginia Alexander's life among Friends

Dr. Vanessa Northington Gamble began her research on Dr. Virginia M. Alexander (1899-1949) because she is an unsung hero in the field of medicine. Dr.

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I must resist: Bayard Rustin’s letter to the Draft Board

The following letter was written by Bayard Rustin in 1943. AFSC is fortunate to have a copy in its archives, which you can find on our website.

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Bayard Rustin Invisible Activist

Bayard Rustin Invisible Activist

Bayard Rustin: The Invisible Activist

Writer's Guidelines for Acting in Faith

Here are tips for writing as a guest writer for Acting in Faith, AFSC's blog for Friends.

From mourning to outrage to action

This reflection is by Lori Fernald Khamala, AFSC’s Immigrant Rights Program Director in Greensboro, North Carolina, where we seek to build a community which values the human dignity of all residents.

Black Power’s Challenge to Quaker Power

Note: For Black History Month, we will be honoring some of the many Black Quakers who have contributed to the world of Friends and beyond. Barrington Dunbar (1901-1978), like many others, challenged white Friends to take a more active approach in addressing racism and white supremacy. He asked Friends to show their support for the Black Power Movement even though its violent rhetoric often felt alienating to pacifist Friends.

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Black Fire Book Cover

Black Fire Book Cover

Black Fire (published by Quaker Press of Friends General Conference)

Living our values: Quaker and Jewish connections, part 2

In my previous post, I explored the ways that Quakers and Jews have been historically connected and proposed a deeper spiritual connection between our respective faith traditions. As a rabbi who now works for AFSC, I can say without hesitation that my spiritual life has greatly benefitted from my encounter with Quaker thought and practice. The more I dwell in these two religious communities, the more I am able to discern important parallels between them.

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Rosen at a nonviolent demonstration at the West Bank village of Al Masra

Brant Rosen at a protest

Rosen at a nonviolent demonstration at the West Bank village of Al Masra

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