What’s a Google Hangout?

Google Hangouts On Air are a way to share a video feed in live time with the public. The live video is also recorded and automatically added to the presenter’s You Tube channel. You do not have to have a webcam or microphone to join—only the presenters and moderator will be visible and audible. You can comment and ask questions by typing in a chat box that will be running below the video as the presenters are talking. This technology allows us to share talks and presentations with people around the world, connecting movements for peace and justice globally.

October 2013: Boots on the border

Immigration policies and strategies that rely on military-style enforcement have created a human rights disaster along the U.S./Mexico border. Now Congress—in the guise of immigration policy reform—is mulling a taxpayer-funded bonanza for private contractors tucked into so-called “border security” proposals.

By gearing up to create one of the world’s most militarized borders, Congress plans to line the pockets of contractors seeking their next windfall. What’s at risk is more than humane immigration reforms—it’s our democracy itself.

Four AFSC experts on immigration and federal spending discussed the militarization of the border during a one-hour Google Hangout on Air held October 30, 2013. Read the recap (featuring video highlights). 


July 2013: Profiteering on prisons

No matter how private companies profit on prisons, privatizing incarceration puts the pursuit of profits over the needs of taxpayers, prisoners, and prison employees. This was the topic of discussion among three AFSC staff members during a one-hour Google Hangout on Air held July 17, 2013. Read the recap, featuring video highlights.