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Civitas at the White House

 Students from Baltimore’s Civitas School, participants in an AFSC Peer Mediation project, visit the White House

The Nation: Tell Politicians How to Spend Money, Win $500

We've already spent a trillion dollars on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
In the meantime, education budgets are being slashed in schools like this one:

You're more plugged into the communities you grew up in than policymakers in Washington—and The American Friends Service Committee and National Priorities Project are staging a video contest to find out what you would do if you had access to the Federal budget.

Teenager for Peace

rally in newport

Teenagers at rally in Newport.

Myanmar (Burma)

Burmies preschoolers playing

Preschool classes give older siblings a break from childcare responsibilities

Children at a monastic school learn social and environmental lessons that support the harmony of their local communities. 

AFSC’s support for Myanmar’s monastic schools touches the lives of children, parents, teachers, communities and spiritual leaders.

These community schools, run by teachers, monks and abbots, share the responsibility of giving the most underprivileged children an education that builds self-reliance, life skills, and critical thinking. Boys and girls attending monastic schools learn literacy, math, sciences and ethics.

Bay Area Youth and Militarism Program

OUSD resolution victory

BAY-Peace activists at Oakland school board

BAY-Peace activists celebrate victory at Oakland Unified School District, after a school board vote May 12 made OUSD the first district in the country to have a policy offering students the chance to OPT OUT of the private recruitment database known as JAMRS.

The PMRO Peace Building program, an active participant in AFSC’s National Youth and Militarism Task Force, works locally with a broad network to bring “truth in recruitment” work to local schools and communities and to counter disproportionate military recruitment in low-income communities of color.  

Nargis Cyclone orphans get a new lease on life

Today, 80 Nargis orphans are gathered at a monastery for their monthly get-together.  The children are learning to play a game called “Chickens and Eagles”.  Young volunteers divide the children into groups of three and tell them to pretend to be “chickens”.  Each time they hear, “Eagles are coming,” the little “chicks” quickly run into the arms of their "parents".  Those who do not run back in time will be caught by the “eagles”.

Tyree Scott Freedom School 2010

Monday, July 12, 2010 (All day) - Friday, July 16, 2010 (All day)

 

Seattle, WA – In the spirit of Freedom Summer of 1964 and Freedom Schools that took place across Seattle in 1966, a multicultural group of dedicated Seattle Youth are coming together this summer to work against racism in the 10th annual Tyree Scott Freedom School. The Freedom School will take place July 12th - July 16th at the Cannon House 113 23rd Ave South from 10am-4pm. The Seattle Freedom School is being organized by The People’s Institute Northwest and the American Friends Service Committee.

Cyclone Nargis orphans

Orphans, who lost their parents to Cyclone Nargis, enjoy a game of "chickens and eagles".

Bassidi's Story

After the arrest of his father, Bassidi shared how his farther's lack of "papers" have prevented him from getting a job and supporting his family.

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Jocelyn's Story

16-year-old Jocelyn recounts the last day she saw her mother and how her family's life has changed since the deportation.

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