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By Lucy Duncan
Published: May 31, 2013

Note: This is the first of a series of blog posts on a Healing and Rebuilding our Communities workshop that three AFSC staff took at Stony Run Friends Meeting in early May 2013. - Lucy

"Unless pain is transformed, it will be transferred."            - Richard Rohr, quoted by Amy Rakusin

When I was in Burundi after the World Conference of Friends in 2012, I visited a Peace Village outside...

By Lucy Duncan
Published: May 22, 2013

My husband is British. I remember sitting in what was then the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) office soon after our wedding waiting to be interviewed so that he could get his green card. It was October, 2001 and there were very few people in the waiting room. Our immigration lawyer said that since 9/11 many of his clients had been showing up for their interviews and getting arrested, so many had stopped coming.

Though our joint credit card seemed to matter more to...

By Elissa Steglich
Published: May 17, 2013

This morning, May 17, we received this message from Elissa Steglich—a staff member of AFSC’s Immigrant Rights Program—about a client who is being detained and set to be deported by ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement).

If you are moved to take action after reading this story please click here to send an email to your Senators to tell them not to tie access to citizenship to immigration enforcement tactics described below. -Lucy
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By Madeline Schaefer
Published: May 16, 2013

Nearly 10 years after its doors opened in 1952, owners of the Friends Housing Cooperative on 703 North 8th Street in Philadelphia could state with confidence that cooperative, interracial living was possible. “The Friends Housing Cooperative is no longer an experiment—it’s a nice place to live,” a poster from 1962 reads. This housing “experiment” had been first of its kind, part of the American Friends Service Committees domestic...

By Pamela Haines
Published: May 9, 2013

Note: Pamela Haines has written extensively on nonviolent parenting. In honor of Mother's Day, Madeline asked her to write a piece from her experience and she shared this—a very inclusive way of thinking of parenting and family. –Lucy 

I started claiming children in the usual way—having my own. Then, when the boys were two and five, that claiming took a whole new turn.

A young neighborhood boy, who had been babysitting for us and turned out to be in the foster system, found himself in need of a new home. As an African-American teenager, he was not easy to place...