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Response to criticism of the October 5 letter on conditioning aid to Israel

AFSC joined 14 other church groups in calling on congress to condition the provision of U.S. military aid to Israel on Israel’s compliance with applicable U.S. laws. There were many responses to this letter, both critical and affirming. This letter responds to some of the critisism the letter received. 

October 5, 2012 Letter on Conditioning Aid to Israel

On October 5th, 2012 AFSC joined 14 other church groups in calling on congress to condition the provision of US military aid to Israel on Israel’s compliance with applicable U.S. laws. 

North Carolina youth advocate for equal rights

A group of Quaker youth in Greensboro, N.C., troubled by their state’s outright ban on same-sex marriages, approached AFSC this summer to get a better understanding of human rights.

Within the group, the general sentiment was that the U.S. Constitution is meant to name freedoms, not take them away, explains the group’s facilitator, Sheila Hoyer.

“Our youth have a strong concern for equal rights for all, especially the oppressed gay community in our state,” she says. “It's a very personal issue to this group.”

Testimony: Human Rights Learning Summer 2012 Participants

Below is a testimony from the First Friends Meeting in Greensboro, NC, whose members particpated in Washington, D.C.'s Human Rights Learning program this summer. With the assistance of Program Director Jean-Louis Peta Ikambana and intern Monica Shah, youth meeting members studied the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and also participated in phone banking with the Human Rights Campaign.

First Friends Meeting Summer Youth Trip: Human Rights

Candlelight Vigil and Reading of Names of 171 Guantanamo Prisoners

Wednesday, January 11, 2012 - 5:30pm - 6:30pm

January 11, 2012 marks the anniversary of the opening of Guantanamo.  The opening of such an institution has made torture and indefinite detention a prominent  issue in our world today, threatening peace and our morality.  It is our duty as citizens to uphold  peace and the idea that all humans deserve to rights and be treated in ethical ways.  Come and assemble with other groups organizing as part of the National Day of Action Against Guantanamo.

Mirgrant Rights Vigil

Wednesday, December 14, 2011 - 10:30am - 12:00pm

Join in a Mirgant Rights Vigil while community groups meet with Governor Chafee to discuss: denouncing the (in)Secure Communities Program, ending police submission to hold request from Immigration, and driver's licenses for all.  We will tell our migration stories, enjoy music, and solidarity.   Sponsored by the Todos Somos Arizona coalition (We are all Arizona).

Human Rights Day in Des Moines

Saturday, December 10, 2011 - 10:00am

Please come and support Human Rights Day, 10:00 a.m – 2:00 p.m.

Peace in Asia and the Pacific: Alternatives to Asia-Pacific Militarization

Friday, October 21, 2011 - 7:00pm - Saturday, October 22, 2011 - 6:00pm

Peace Asia Conference - Alpha Flyer 2

Peace in Asia and the Pacific Conference Flyer

Download the Peace in Asia and the Pacific Conference Flyer

Initiated by the American Friends Service Committee and the American University Nuclear Policy Institute

To register and for additional information:

The current conference agenda can be viewed here.
(download here)

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