A Peace Parade was led by Peace Planters one of over 30 groups supporting the AFSC organized Visions of Peace at the Crossroads Festival on June 1, 2012. The parade include giant puppets created by Joann McMillan and a song written by Nick Pick for the event.
A video produced by students in AFSC's Racial Justice Through Human Rights program who are participating in the Youth Media Advocacy Project, sponsored by Carlow University.
Students were asked to produce a video concerning a human rights issue that they felt common to all students in the group (which consists of students from both public and private high schools, in both high income and low income sections of Pittsburgh, PA). They chose the issue of education equality because the recent budget cuts in Pennsylvania have exasperated what the students felt was already a desperate situation. They hope this piece will raise awareness in the general public to the issue of education inequality throughout the state of Pennsylvania.
U.S. Veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan Return War Medals at NATO Summit
Democracy Now! broadcasts from Chicago, site of the largest NATO summit in the organization's six-decade history. On Sunday, veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, as well as members of Afghans For Peace, led a peace march of thousands of people. Iraq Veterans Against the War held a ceremony where nearly 50 veterans discarded their war medals by hurling them down the street in the direction of the NATO summit. We hear the soldiers' voices as they return their medals one by one from the stage. "I am giving back my global war on terror service medal in solidarity with the people of Iraq and Afghanistan," said Jason Heard, a former combat medic who spent 10 years in the U.S. Army. "I am deeply sorry for the destruction that we have caused in these countries and around the globe."
This four minute video shows the AFSC New Mexico project "Agri-Cultura Network" that successfully brought small organic farmers together to sell to the local public schools.
The farmers in the film were trained by AFSC and the farms shown were created in community partnerships with AFSC.
The film was made through the wonderful work of our partner Valle Encantado and Daniel Sonis.
A dialogue between Sociologist Johan Galtung, "father of Peace and Conflict Studies" and Amy Goodman of Democracy Now! entitled "Peace, Justice, Empire, and Occupation."
Sponsored by the Envision Peace Museum, American Friends Service Committee and others.
Fredi Reyes’ Letter to my country
Rather than celebrate NATO's visit to Chicago, we see it as important to highlight the austerity measures that the City is taking against its residents. In a climate where critical services like education and healthcare are being cut left and right, we hope to portray the City's glaring need to re-examine their priorities. People over profit! Say No to NATO!
Learn more about the Counter Summit for Peace and Economic Justice, happening May 18-19.
The AFSC’s Don Bustos, an award-winning sustainable farmer, produces food on the same New Mexico land his ancestors have farmed for 300 years.
Learn more about AFSC in New Mexico.
Budding immigrant filmmakers debuted their 3-minute masterpieces to a standing room only crowd at International House Charlotte on Friday, March 16, 2012. A story of treacherous journeys across the sea and prison escapes mingled with personal stories of a marriage broken by abuse, a student’s journey from a refugee camp to a Charlotte school, and an account of how a family got its start in the United States. Each story was different, but each painted a picture of the external and internal struggles faced by immigrants in North Carolina today.
The second Storyology: Digital Storytelling by Immigrants and Refugees class brought together six immigrants and refugees from Eritrea, Mexico, Bhutan, Colombia and Ecuador for three weekends of participatory workshops on storytelling, audio and video editing and community building. A seventh student, unfortunately, had to drop out of the class after being hospitalized with pneumonia. The class utilized interactive storytelling techniques, laptop computers, photographs, oral histories, digital cameras and music, sharing skills with the new documentarians that last a lifetime.
Storyology is unique in that it empowers immigrants to tell their own stories in their own words. As one student expressed, “I got an opportunity to share my own story and my own feelings. I got more experience by sharing my story, how I live in my country, how I deal with my hindrances. And I like to collaborate with my friends, and [get to] know their story too, my international friends, Mexican friends, African friends. I learned their stories , their own feelings, their experiences…I really appreciate this class; I am really joyful… I love this class!” Another student reported that “I did learn how to make a video, but most important, I learned about other cultures and people. My expectations were exceeded!”
Volunteer Martin Doherty expressed that the class gave him “a profound opportunity to recognize my values as an American and move forward the quality of every human life… I’m honored to be helping other people tell their stories so more respect and more care is given to human beings around the world.”
The class was sponsored by the American Friends Service Committee and International House Charlotte, with funding provided by the Charlotte Arts & Science Council. You can view videos produced in the class atwww.youtube.com/afscnc.