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Preaching Peace and Justice: An Interview with George Lakey

Note: The below interview by Silas Wanjala is the first in a series of interviews with Quaker activists.  I define activist in the broadest sense – those working to help to mend and heal the world, to create justice and peace from many vantage points. In order for peace to flourish, it’s my belief that we need many hands working in disparate ways to unravel the net of injustice and weave a web of compassion and love.  - Lucy

by Silas Wanjala

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George Lakey with his grandson at Occupy Philly

George Lakey with his grandson at Occupy Philly

George Lakey with his grandson at Occupy Philly

Creative Maladjustment: a Prayer in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Note: I offered the below prayer at a Martin Luther King, Jr. Day event in Philadelphia sponsored by the Occupy Philly Labor Working Group. The event emphasized labor rights and remembering King's focus on economic justice and on moving from a thing-oriented society to a people-oriented society that is capable of conquering "the triplets of consumerism, militarism, and racism." I publish it today on the occasion of the 44th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. King and in honor of Trayvon Martin. 

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Martin Luther King, Jr. in India

Martin Luther King, Jr. in India

Martin Luther King, Jr. in India

The Quality of Light

“The quality of light by which we scrutinize our lives has direct bearing upon the product which we live, and upon the changes which we hope to bring about through those lives.” Audre Lorde

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Mountain Kites from Windows and Mirrors

Mountain Kites from Windows and Mirrors

Quakers and African Americans approach the New Jerusalem

Note: This week marks the 100th birthday of Bayard Rustin.  During the AFSC Corporation meeting, we celebrated Rustin's life by watching the movie Brother Outsider and engaging in conversation with Hal Weaver and Walter Nagele, Rustin's surviving partner.

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Bayard Rustin and Walter Nagele

Bayard Rustin and Walter Nagele

Bayard Rustin and Walter Nagele

AFSC's Work: Of Friends, not By Friends or For Friends

Note: This guest post in part responds to an earlier discussion on this blog, "What makes a Quaker organization Quaker?" - Lucy

by Doug Bennett

How is AFSC a Quaker organization? This was one thread among several at an excellent meeting of the AFSC Corporation this past weekend. 

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Corporation Members take part in a workshop on the Occupy/Unoccupy Movement

Corporation Members take part in a workshop on the Occupy/Unoccupy Movement

Corporation Members take part in a workshop on the Occupy/Unoccupy Movement

Join the movement for Immigrant Justice

Immigrant Allies Coloradans for Immigrant Rights and our Meeting With Jordan Garcia - March 2, 2012 AFSC Corporation Meeting
Photo: Don Davis/AFSC

What does it mean to be an effective and activated ally for immigrants and their struggle for equal rights?  Take some time to learn more and see how you can join with your immigrant neighbors in work towards justice.

Revolutionary nonviolence? David Solnit on people power and creativity

by Lucy Duncan

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David Solnit with Occupy San Francisoc shuts down the main branch of the Bank of America

David Solnit with Occupy San Francisco

David Solnit with Occupy San Francisco shutting down the main branch of Bank of America

What makes a Quaker organization Quaker?

by Lucy Duncan

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Quaker Meeting for Worship for Peace in Vietnam

Quaker Meeting for Worship for Peace in Vietnam

Quaker Meeting for Worship for Peace in Vietnam

Immigrants and Immigrant Allies: Making Justice Visible

Note: The below blog post was written by Lucy Duncan, but with contributions and editorial support by Gabriela Flora, Jenn Piper, and M'Annette Ruddell.

“That invisibility to which I refer occurs because of a peculiar disposition of the eyes of those with whom I come in contact. A matter of the construction of their inner eyes, those eyes with which they look through their physical eyes upon reality.” – Ralph Ellison

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Jordan Garcia with Day of the Dead Altar

Jordan Garcia with Day of the Dead Altar

Jordan Garcia with Day of the Dead Altar at Monthly Vigil

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