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The empty chair: Bringing love into the room

Note: In May of 2013, three AFSC staff including Aarati Kasturirangan, Program Officer for Integration and Impact, went to the Healing and Rebuilding Our Communities (HROC) workshop held at Stony Run Friends Meeting in Baltimore. Aarati attended the workshop to understand firsthand the HROC work she had heard of from AFSC program staff in Burundi. She went to find out if she thought HROC could be useful for other AFSC programs around the world.  - Lucy

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Empty Chair

Empty Chair

Empty Chair

Creating one small plot of heaven: 49 ingredients for building trust in community

Note: Madeline Schaefer, Aarati Kasturirangan, and I attended a Healing and Rebuilding our Communities (HROC) workshop in Baltimore in May. This is the second of three posts about aspects of the workshop.

What is needed to build trust in community? After the HROC participants discussed healing from trauma and trust and mistrust, we set about to answer this question in small groups, and then reported back to each other.

As a whole group, we built a list of 49 qualities and practices needed to build trust in community.

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HROC Participants in Peace Village, Burundi

HROC Participants in Peace Village, Burundi

HROC Participants in Peace Village, Burundi

Fresh voice of resistance: An interview with Lane Hirabayashi

In 1942, Gordon Hirabayashi (1918-2012) refused to obey the 8 p.m. curfew for Japanese-Americans established after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. After turning himself in to the FBI, Gordon was sentenced to 90 days in prison, and appealed his case all the way up to the Supreme Court, with the help of Quakers and the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC). 

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Gordon Hirabayashi

Gordon Hirabayashi

"A Principled Stand," co-authored by Lane and James Hirabayashi.

Nourished by our Quaker past: Growing and sharing food in community

I live with my family in a 17-acre Quaker cemetery outside of the west edge of Philadelphia. My husband, Graham, is the cemetery’s caretaker. We live in the house on the grounds built in 1860. Our 11-year-old son, Simon, has known no other home.

There are a few notable Quaker dead buried there: Henry Cadbury, Margaret Hope Bacon, and Addison Hutton, but most of those buried aren't famous—they just lived simple lives.

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Friends Southwestern Burial Ground

Friends Southwestern Burial Ground

Friends Southwestern Burial Ground

Deported without warning: How the loss of a father in Newark is affecting a community (PODCAST)

In the middle of May 2013, Kofi (whose name was changed for this story) was detained and deported to his home country in Africa. The family he left behind—including a girlfriend and two childrenare struggling with his absence, unsure of their future or his fate. Listen to the story of this family, and hear how the AFSC community in Newark is speaking out against his deportation and others that tear apart families.

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Newark, African immigrants with signs

Newark immigration demonstration

Two participants in AFSC's Newark May 1st rally for humane immigration reform.

Acting in Faith podcast: A father deported without warning

In the middle of May 2013, Kofi (whose name was changed for this story) was detained and deported to his home country in Africa.

Stone in the belly: Transforming trauma in community

AFSC's Acting in Faith blog reflects on the process of dealing with trauma and what it means to heal. 

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Water/stress filling glass

Water/stress filling glass

Water/stress filling glass

“For our country, let us toil joyfully:” supporting Haitians in becoming citizens in Florida

My husband is British. I remember sitting in what was then the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) office soon after our wedding waiting to be interviewed so that he could get his green card. It was October, 2001 and there were very few people in the waiting room. Our immigration lawyer said that since 9/11 many of his clients had been showing up for their interviews and getting arrested, so many had stopped coming.

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Haitian student in AFSC citizenship class

Haitian student in AFSC citizenship class

Haitian student in AFSC citizenship class

Witness to A Family’s Tragedy

This morning, May 17, we received this message from Elissa Steglich—a staff member of AFSC’s Immigrant Rights Program—about a client who is being detained and set to be deported by ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement).

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Newark, 5-1-2013

Newark immigration rally

Immigration rally in Newark on May 1, 2013.

No longer an experiment: Friends Housing Cooperative and community transformation

Nearly 10 years after its doors opened in 1952, owners of the Friends Housing Cooperative on 703 North 8th Street in Philadelphia could state with confidence that cooperative, interracial living was possible. “The Friends Housing Cooperative is no longer an experiment—it’s a nice place to live,” a poster from 1962 reads.

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