With help from AFSC, a group of Iowa Dream Activists call for and win driver's licenses. This January 21, 2013 clip is from KCCI TV in Des Moines, and includes footage of interviews with young people who are being denied drivers' licenses because of their immigration status. The activists were protesting outside of the Iowa Department of Transportation because the DOT was refusing to issue licenses.
Hector Salamanca, an AFSC Iowa Dreamer and intern, reads a poem written by Michael McConnell to celebrate the creation of AFSC's Midwest Region in 2012. Michael was an AFSC regional director for 23 years until his passing April 7, 2013. AFSC has established the Michael McConnell Youth Internship Fund to help carry on Michael's passion for peace and justice.
Here's the text of the poem:
Michael McConnell, former regional director of AFSC's Midwest Region, reminds us of the power each of us has to build peace and justice.
This is 11 minutes of footage from Michael's Oct. 6, 2012 talk at a Windows and Mirrors reception held in the Des Moines Valley Friends Meetinghouse.
Michael passed away April 7, 2013 after a courageous dance with cancer. Read more.
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