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AFSC Volunteer Commitment: From Chicago to the Capital

Chicago AFSC volunteers are living out the motto made famous by anthropologist Margaret Meade: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”

Kenya Speaker

Speaker Getry Agiza, Project Coordinator, Friends Church Peace Teams

Stop the Killing and Give it a Rest!

“Why do you like to see someone you love laying there lifeless?,” is one of the many questions that a sixth grade student at Batiste Cultural Arts Academy(BCAA) in New Orleans asks her peers during her poem “Stop the Killing and Give it a Rest.”   Around sixteen other students also performed poems like this to an audience of about 63 of their peers during the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) New Orleans’ Poetry for Peace night held in partnership with City Year New Orleans on Feb. 24, 2011.

The World and War: Conflict and its Consequences

Friday, March 4, 2011 - 3:00pm - Saturday, March 5, 2011 - 1:30pm

To register for the Engaged Citizen Conference, go to:

http://drake.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_aagsA0FlP32bThO

Friday, March 4: 7–9 p.m.
Saturday, March 5: 8:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.

All are welcome.

Friday evening

The conference will focus on the testimonials of six individuals who are refugees from different societies wrenched with conflict. We will hear their stories, the struggles they faced and how they survived.

Journey Together: Building Peace Through the Arts

Monday, March 14, 2011 - 5:00pm

In observance of the 8th anniversary of the start of the US war against Iraq, you are invited to join friends and neighbors in a recommitment to our work for peace. Using the gifts of art -- music, poetry, stories, and the visual arts -- we will gather to celebrate all who lift up a message of peace, while we learn from and encourage each other to keep on keepin on.

A Report Back from Afghanistan by Brian Terrell

Wednesday, March 2, 2011 - 7:30pm

Brian Terrell of Maloy, Iowa, visited Afghanistan for three weeks in December as part of a delegation sponsored by Voices for Creative Nonviolence and the Afghan Youth Peace Volunteers. In January, Brian and 13 others were convicted of trespass in a Las Vegas court for their protest at Creech Air Force Base, from where unmanned robotic “drone” aerial raids on Afghanistan are controlled.

Brian is a long-time Catholic Worker and a co-coordinator of Voices for Creative Nonviolence.

Opinion: Federal spending from the ground up, not the top down

By Arnie Alpert

President Obama’s budget proposal, released last week, will touch off Washington-centric squabbles over proper levels of federal spending and taxing.  Snooze-inducing terms like “continuing resolutions,”  “discretionary spending,” and “entitlement spending” will dominate political debates all the way through the presidential caucus/primary season to the 2012 election.

Opinion: Federal Spending from the Ground Up, Not the Top Down

By Arnie Alpert

President Obama’s budget proposal, released Monday, will touch off Washington-centric squabbles over proper levels of federal spending and taxing.  Snooze-inducing terms like “continuing resolutions,”  “discretionary spending,” and “entitlement spending” will dominate political debates all the way through the presidential caucus/primary season to the 2012 election.

Pentagon's stealth spending spree: Philadelphia Inquirer

In this opinion article, AFSC's Robin Aura Kanegis points out that in this season of federal budget debates "the Pentagon has apparently developed the ultimate cloaking mechanism - one that protects the military's budget bloat from mathematical reality. The military budget accounts for more than half of federal discretionary spending, as well as nearly half of all military spending worldwide. But despite this lopsided investment, increased military appropriations are set to glide past Congress' so-called budget hawks like a Stealth Bomber."

Opinion: This Budget Cutting Math Doesn’t Add Up

By Robin Aura Kanegis

It’s simple math: A military budget that has doubled in twelve years + worries about the resulting deficit = deep cuts to military spending. 

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