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The ancient annual procession and blessing of San Ysidro y Santa María de la Cabeza will commence at 10am, on Saturday, May 18th at the corner of Isleta and Arenal, SW. Prayers to these traditional guardians of rain, water, and farmers will take place at La Plazita Farm, the procession's end, found at the corner of Arenal and Lopez, SW. Call 505-842-7343 for more information. Please bring seeds if you wish to participate in an exchange. The San Ysidro y Santa María blessing ceremony is sponsored by the American Friends Service Committee, La Plazita Institute, and the South Valley Regional Association of Acequias. 

La anual y antigua ceremonia de San Ysidro y Santa María de la Cabeza comenzará a las 10am, el sábado, 18 de mayo en la esquina de Isleta y Arenal, SW. Al final de la procesión, se llevarán a cabo oraciones a estos tradicionales guardianes del agua, la lluvia y los agricultores en la finca de La Plazita ubicada en Arenal y Lopez, SW. Para más información, favor de llamar al 505-842-7343. Si desea, puede traer semillas para intercambiar. La ceremonia de bendición de San Ysidro y Santa María de la Cabeza está patrocinada por American Friends Service Committee, La Plazita Institute, y South Valley Regional Association of Acequias.

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Public Hearing on Saving our Federal Safety Net

Saturday, June 1 / 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
St. Paul AME Church
Rev. Bruce Butcher, Pastor
1250 S. Hawkins Ave., Akron

Federal spending cuts to education, food & nutrition, housing, health care, employment, Veterans programs, transportation and other social “safety net” programs will impact millions of Americans, including thousands in Summit County. Other proposals call for cuts to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. There are alternatives to reducing the federal deficit, including ending the 2001-2003 tax cuts to the wealthiest citizens and corporate tax loopholes. Further cuts to the Pentagon could also be made.

Attend the public hearing. Share your views. Hear from our federal and state public officials.

Attending the hearing representing our federal public officials will be:
- Beth Thames, representing U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown
- Ginger Baylor, representing U.S. Represetative Marcia Fudge
- Chris Cupples, representing U.S. Representative Tim Ryan

We have not yet received a response from the office of U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci.  All federal public officials representing Summit County will receive a video of the hearing.

The hearing is sponsored by St. Paul AME Church, Concerned Clergy and Community Leaders (Akron), AFSCME Local 1360, Stand Up for Ohio, Barberton-Norton-Wadsworth Peace Group, and the Northeast Ohio American Friends Service Committee.

First official trailer for "Comrade Sunshine," the upcoming documentary film by Cameron Granadino about Dominque Stevenson and AFSC's Friend of a Friend program.

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Sherrod Brown video for the Public Hearing on Saving Our Federal Safety Net. June 2, 2013. St. Paul A.M.E. Church, Akron, Ohio. 

Recorded on Wednesday, June 5, this conversation among panelists in Kabul, Washington, D.C., and Philadelphia was the latest in a series exploring key issues for Afghans. Please join the Wage Peace email list to hear about future events.


A strategic partnership is right now being negotiated between the governments of Afghanistan and the United States. At stake will be the number and type of U.S. forces after 2014, whether those forces will have immunity from Afghan law, what type of access they have to bases in the country, and the focus of financial assistance the U.S. will provide in the future.

These are fundamental questions for Afghans, and will dramatically affect their future and their country’s stability and development.

Because the U.S. involvement is overwhelmingly military, we rarely hear about the goals of Afghan civil society and the type of relationship they would like to see with the U.S.

Join the conversation

Follow the conversation on Twitter by using hashtag #LiveFromKabul.


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In this two-minute video, Leah Davis explains how the Akron Time Bank provides a valuable economic alternative to people. Leah is a program associate for AFSC's Economic and Political Justice Program in Northeast Ohio.

More info on the Akron Time Bank is available on their website.

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Greg Coleridge, who directs AFSC's economic and political justice work in Northeast Ohio, explains why we need to push for a constitutional amendment which states clearly that corporations aren't people and money isn't speech.

Greg provides more context for his position in this article published in the University of Toledo Law Review.

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Greg Coleridge, who directs AFSC's work in Northeast Ohio, explains why democratizing our monetary system would dramatically improve our economy and the overall strength of our nation.

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Joseph Gerson's presentation at a forum sponsored by United for Justice with Peace at the Friends Meeting at Cambridge (20/May/13).

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Joseph Gerson's presentation at a forum sponsored by United for Justice with Peace at the Friends Meeting at Cambridge (20/May/13).

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