About one million voters in Massachusetts will vote on the Budget for All this Election Day. The Budget for All seeks to prevent cuts to social services, create and protect jobs, close corporate tax loopholes, end offshore tax havens, and raise taxes on incomes over $250,000, and redirect military spending by ending the war in Afghanistan and bringing troops home safely now.
In this video, provided by the Neigbhorhood Network News, supporters of the Budget for All rally in Dorchester outside the Codman Square Health Center on October 25.
Volunteers at recent AFSC/JFON legal clinics talk about why Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals is a good first step for immigrant youth and our nation.
Given the short growing season in DPRK, farm managers have introduced techniques that help with rice cultivation. These systems of rice intensification are meant to get the most out of each rice seed, increasing yields.
A brief introduction to AFSC's program work in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK/North Korea).
This video details the catastrophic global consequences of even a "limited" regional nuclear war on the other side of the planet.
Recent peer-reviewed studies, done by atmospheric scientists Alan Robock (Rutgers), Brian Toon (University of Colorado-Boulder), Richard Turco (UCLA) and colleagues, predict that even a relatively "limited" nuclear war between India and Pakistan, in which each side uses 50 Hiroshima-sized nuclear weapons against the other's cities, could create immense firestorms that would quickly surround the planet with a dense stratospheric smoke layer.
The black smoke would be heated by the sun, lofted like a hot air balloon, and would remain in the stratosphere for years. There it would block and prevent a large fraction of sunlight from reaching the Earth’s surface. The sharp reduction of warming sunlight would reduce growing seasons would cause the starvation of up to 1 billion people.
An AFSC Iowa volunteer and Dreamer, Hector Salamanca talks about his organizing work at the recent Latino Festival in Des Moines, the goal of in-state tuition for immigrant youth, and his chance encounter with U.S. Senator Tom Harkin.
Arnie Alpert moderated a TV interview with corrections worker Randy Hunneyman and Dr. Margaret Oot Hayes of Regis College about proposals to privatize New Hampshire prisons.
Summer multimedia intern Anne Marie Lindemann created a video profile of AFSC's Baltimore, MD office with footage that she shot entirely by herself during the last two weeks of her stay at Meadow Mill. Anne Marie interviewed Baltimore staff and used creative techniques to show Meadow Mill's positive work environment.
Laura, the mother of a little girl, is working toward a degree in human services. She has lived in the United States since she was two years old, but as an undocumented immigrant, she’s ineligible for government financial aid, including loans. She makes her tuition payments in cash.
She says she “couldn’t believe it” when she heard the news about Deferred Action.
The new program announced by the Obama administration in June allows undocumented immigrant youth—Dreamers—to live in the United States without fear of deportation for the next two years and to obtain work permits on a renewable basis as long as they meet certain criteria.
For Laura, Deferred Action means she can take a job in human services, her field of study.
“I’m very happy that we’ve been given this opportunity to show our potential and that we belong here,” Laura says. “I don’t know what I would do if I had to go back; I’d be lost.”
She was among 80 immigrants who came to a legal clinic in Des Moines, where AFSC and Justice for Our Neighbors, aided by 30 volunteers, provided assistance in applying for the program. (See photos from the clinic.)
“I think Deferred Action is lot better for the country,” says high school student Jose, who also attended the clinic. He’s lived in the United States since the fourth grade.
Today, he plays on his school’s football team and is an aspiring engineer.
“There are a lot of kids like me who just want an education, to go to college and have a good future,” he says.
Deferred Action falls far short of providing a pathway to citizenship, which AFSC and others will continue working toward. But the program represents a significant step forward for Laura, Jose, and thousands of young people brought to the United States by their parents.
Want to get involved? See our resources for immigrant allies.
Hector is a Dreamer and a volunteer with AFSC Iowa's Immigrants Voice Program. Here he describes what Deferred Action means for him and why volunteering is so important for developing leadership in the Latino community.