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Realigning our priorities: Young filmmakers work to change the narrative

Several weeks ago, we invited our Quaker meeting/church liaisons to join our staff on a call to learn more about the "If I Had a Trillion Dollars” youth film festival, which is entering its fourth year. The festival asks young people (middle school through college age) to create a short film on how they would redirect the money in our nation's budget that has been spent on war.

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IHTD Sticker Activity

Festival winner considers how she would allocate our nation's budget during the 2013 lobby training in Washington DC.

Picking up the branches: Reflections on the Friends General Conference Gathering, 2013

Note: I met Robert Awkward last year during his internship with Erin Polley and the "If I Had a Trillion Dollars" (IHTD) youth film festival. The festival invites young people around the country to engage in conversations around how to shift our nation's budget priorities from militarism and war, to supporting the resources that communities need to thrive. 

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Michelle Alexander: Embracing humanity to bring down The New Jim Crow

Michelle Alexander points out that mass incarceration and the war on drugs is built on the foundation of demonizing people of color, particularly brown and black men and boys. A very strong thread in her message was that in order to end the system of mass incarceration in a way that keeps it from being reconstructed, all of us must be able “to see and value the humanity in one another.” 

Truth, Heart, Healing: Working with Spirit transforms

Niyonu Spann and I presented a keynote address at Philadelphia Yearly Meeting sessions this summer in which we examined the anatomy of racism in individuals and organizations and explored how the Spirit can break through the dynamics of white supremacy to offer healing and transformation. The session was described in the yearly meeting epistle this way:

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Niyonu Spann and Lucy Duncan

Niyonu Spann and Lucy Duncan

Niyonu Spann and Lucy Duncan

On being good

AFSC’s Sharon Goens-Bradley says that the desire to be seen as “good” causes much of the harm in the world, and that the difficulty of hearing when we’ve caused harm can cover up opportunities to truly heal.

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Goens Sisters

Goens sisters

Goens sisters

Enveloped by the sacred: Tinicum

Note: I took a walk recently with my son and partner in Tinicum, also known as the John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge.

This poem is a reflection on that walk and the conversation we had. We noticed that the destruction of the environment far away is also here in our midst, all around us.

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Leaves at Tinicum

Leaves at Tinicum

Leaves at Tinicum

A spiritual crisis without borders: Immigrant stories after deportation

Note: I first met Jill Anderson a couple years ago at Intermountain Yearly Meeting and got to know her better at the World Conference of Friends in Kenya.

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U.S/Mexico border

U.S/Mexico border

U.S/Mexico border 

If war is not the answer, what is?

Friends Meeting of Washington hosted an event on the American Friends Service Commitee and Friends Committee on National Legislation publication "Shared Security: Reimagining US foreign policy." Listen to this short audio story to hear more about the document, as well as how audience members responded to the presentation and discussion on beginning the work of creating a world that prioritizes human rights and the peaceful resolution to conflict.  

A hopeful movement: Working for justice in Israel-Palestine through boycott and divestment

Palestinian-American Sandra Tamari, a member of the St. Louis Religious Society of Friends, recounts how a small group of St. Louis activists brought the boycott and divestment movement for justice in Israel-Palestine to their city—and how their impact was felt across the world.

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The growing settlement of Har Homa, East Jerusalem

The growing settlement of Har Homa, East Jerusalem

The growing settlement of Har Homa, East Jerusalem

Ways to engage

The Meeting/Church liaison program is designed to meet congregations where they are at--whether big or small, active or inactive, we want to help your congregation work with the AFSC to build the movement for a more justice and equitable world.

Below we have outlined two possible ways to get involved:

Model 1:  Connect your congregation to the work of AFSC through monthly updates and activities.

Model 2:  Identify one issue that resonates with the interests in your community and focus on that issue throughout the year.

Who we are

AFSC is a Quaker organization devoted to service, development, and peace programs throughout the world. Our work is based on the belief in the worth of every person, and faith in the power of love to overcome violence and injustice. Learn more

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AFSC has offices around the world. To see a complete list see the Where We Work page.

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