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Kansas City AFSC Peace & Justice Alert E-newsletter, July 24, 2014

Kansas City AFSC Weekly Peace & Justice Alert E-newsletter, July 17, 2014 with news, calendar events and advocacy opportunities

Reverse the Power Festival - Youth Speak Out Video

Youth who participated in the 2014 Social Change Institute spoke out about the need for social change and what they learned in the training.

The Institute was organized by the Kansas City Program of the American Friends Service Committee and took place from June 9 through June 20. The Institute's goals were to empower youth, increase their knowledge and skills of nonviolent social change and deepen their commitments to work for a better community and world.

Kansas City AFSC Peace & Justice Alert E-newsletter, July 17, 2014

Kansas City AFSC Weekly Peace & Justice Alert E-newsletter, July 17, 2014 with news, calendar events and advocacy opportunities

Youth Social Change Institute – Changed Us All

We were proud of the work AFSC did with KC area youth in our Social Change Institute and inspired by the work of the fifteen youth who whole-heartedly participated. We set out to create an environment where all ideas were respected and differences were embraced. We sought to have the youth deepen their understanding of and confront the injustices of our community and the power structures that create so much suffering in the world.

NEO AFSC June 20, 2014 Podcast

We summarize last week’s activities; announce upcoming events for next week; and comment on national AFSC's just issued points on the Iraqi crisis, a proposed global "anti-dollar" alliance and its implications for US residents, the exploding US and global debt, the massive infusion of money out of thin air being invested by the Fed and other central banks into the stock market, the IMF calling for raising the US minimum wage, how the "freeze" of Ohio's energy and efficiency standards proves politicians are more responsive to donors and the public, and the status and worth of federal legisla

Privatization/Corporatization of Education

Interview of Lois Romanoff, AFSC Committee Member, Move to Amend Cleveland affiliate leader, education reformer.

Lois discusses the state of education: public vs private, charter schools (both non- and for-profit), corporate education "reform" proposals, student test scores, corporatization of testing, the Cleveland "Portfolio Strategy," ALEC, parental and teacher resistance, and Move to Amend.

NEO AFSC June 13, 2014 Podcast

We summarize last week’s activities and announce upcoming events for next week.  We also feature a special interview with Lois Romanoff, an AFSC Committee Member,  Move to Amend Cleveland affiliate leader, education reformer.

Lois discusses the state of education: public vs private, charter schools (both non- and for-profit), corporate education "reform" proposals, student test scores, corporatization of testing, the Cleveland "Portfolio Strategy," ALEC, parental and teacher resistance, and Move to Amend.

NEO AFSC June 6, 2014 Podcast

We summarize last week’s activities; announce upcoming events for next week; and comment on a new report describing how the majority of war casualties are civilians; who benefits from the Federal Reserve money printing; decreasing housing affordability; polling describing the belief that the economic crisis is not over; the exploding corporate CEO-employee pay gap; and a description and analysis of the Senate proposal to amend the US Constitution to say “money is not speech.”

NEO AFSC May 30, 2014 Podcast

We summarize last week’s activities; announce upcoming events for next week; and comment on the sinking US economy, the world’s richest people meeting on economic inequality, how corporations have more rights than people, an IMF economist on banks creating money out of nothing, corporate media concentration, the perils of perpetual economic growth, and the legislative “freeze” of renewable energy by the Ohio legislature.

Memorial Day, American Gold Star Mothers and Eyes Wide Open

A few months ago I received a call from an American Gold Star Mother from Cincinnati Ohio inquiring about the Eyes Wide Open Ohio exhibit. I soon realized that she was not only an AGS mother, but also the president of the Ohio chapter. Rebecca Frank, who lost her son Captain Warren A. Frank in Iraq in November of 2008, shared with me her interest in showing the exhibit in Cincinnati over Memorial Day weekend. We talked for a while and I told Rebecca that we had decided to disband the exhibit and that we were looking for a permanent home.
 

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