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By Lucy Duncan
Published: April 29, 2015

When I was in Palestine and Israel last May, the group I was traveling with visited Susiya, a Palestinian village encampment in the south Hebron Hills. The villagers struggle to survive in the shadow of a Jewish settlement built next door in 1983 on stolen land.

We drove to the top of a rocky hill near Susiya and saw to our right the land from which the Susiya villagers, a West Bank community of herders, had been displaced in 1986. They used to live in sturdy stone structures built on ancient caves. Now they live in temporary structures and tents a kilometer away in what used to be...

By Dominque Stevenson
Published: April 24, 2015

Note: Dominque Stevenson, director of AFSC's Friend of a Friend program in Baltimore, and many other AFSC staff around the country have been very much involved in the #BlackLivesMatter movement since the killing of Michael Brown. Dominque and Eddie Conway were interviewed by ...

By Douglas Bennett
Published: April 19, 2015

Note: Doug Bennett used to be a member of Indiana Yearly Meeting of Friends, which recently split over views of same-sex marriage.  He is now a member of the New Association of Friends, a yearly meeting that is comprised of welcoming congregations (those that welcome all people and affirm LGBTQ rights and same-sex marriage). I asked him for his thoughts on the new "Religious Freedom Restoration Act" (RFRA) that was recently passed in Indiana and the response. Here are his thoughts. - Lucy

“Always do the right thing as you know it.” I wrote that on an...

By Victoria Greene
Published: April 15, 2015

Note: AFSC published Letter from Birmingham City Jail by Martin Luther King, Jr. in May, 1963. King wrote the letter on April 16, 1963 in response to an open, published letter from white clergy asking him to slow down, reproaching him on his methods and actions. The letter is a powerful call to action and an articulation of King's philosophy at the time.You can learn more about AFSC's relationship with King by reading ...

By Lori Fernald Khamala
Published: April 10, 2015

URGENT ACTION ALERT: Call Immigration & Customs Enforcement to release Oscar!

Hello Friends,

Thank you to everyone who has written letters to help keep Oscar in the United States. Unfortunately, this morning at his check-in with Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE), ICE took Oscar into custody. He could be deported soon, but there is still a chance his “Stay of Removal” could be approved.

We need your urgent support by calling ICE to ask that he be allowed to stay. Community support is the...