On May 21st, 2010, the American Friends Service Committee’s Middle Atlantic Region hosted its first Peace on Purpose conference at Stony Run Friends Meeting House featuring workshops from various Middle Atlantic Region (MAR) programs and partnering organizations that confront and work to resolve issues of conflict, war, and indignities in the United States. Starting off the conference with a jolt, the Maryland Peace with Justice Program barely began delving into their work facilitating theater workshops in Maryland prisons when a
Andy Carl, executive director of Conciliation Resources has written an opinion piece on the recent Supreme Court opinion allowing the government to press terrorism related charges against those teaching peaceful conflict resolution and mediation to terrorists. Many organizations, including AFSC, have spent many years working for peace in areas of conflict, and believes that peace must include dialog with all parties.
An estimated four million people have been displaced because of the U.S.-led war in Iraq. This is a short story about five of them now living in Des Moines.
Aseel Saaeed, Ashraf Rashad and their two children were Sunni Muslims living in a predominately Shiite neighborhood of Baghdad. The U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003 and subsequent sectarian violence resulted in hundreds of thousands of deaths, and eventually Ashraf’s life was threatened.
One year after President Bush's announcement of "mission accomplished" in Iraq, we find ourselves in a deeper hole than ever. The much-promised transfer of power is less and less certain, security is nonexistent, basic services remain unmet, and the exercise of unilateral U.S. power threatens to foil much-needed international involvement.
Read and comment on Mary Zerkel’s op-ed in the Huffington Post on the $1 trillion that U.S. taxpayers have spent on the wars in Iraq and Afganistan by May 30 and also what we could have spent that money on instead.
Eyes Wide Open, the American Friends Service Committee's widely-accalimed exhibition on the human cost of the Iraq War, features a pair of boots honoring each U.S. military casualty and a field of shoes to memoralize the Iraqis killed in the conflict. Eyes Wide Open has toured to over 100 cities across the U.S. and has been visited by hundreds of thousands of people.
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