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As Congress continues to make budget decisions that favor military spending over human needs, the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), Brave New Films, and a politically diverse group of organizations have come together as a coalition to shine a light on this poster child of Pentagon waste.

In 2014 taxpayers in the U.S. will pay $8.45 billion for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Aircraft, although this plane has a history of being overdue, over-budget, and grounded. The cost of just one year of this program could fund the $8 billion the Senate just cut from food assistance to low-income people over 10 years. Where would you rather your tax dollars went?

Tell Congress to stop wasting money on this corporate boondoggle. Take a look at this video and share the link through your social media networks—we want to spread the word about this bad deal.

After you watch, we hope you'll be moved to take action and email Congress to say "Stop the F-35 program today!"

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Wilson High School students discuss their human rights learning projects as part of AFSC's D.C. Peace & Economic Justice Program.

 

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Young people involved in AFSC's Peace Education Program in St. Louis talk about the need to end violence and the school-to-prison pipeline.

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This video is from the Google Hangout organized by AFSC and Just World Books with five of the contributors to the book Gaza Writes Back: Short Stories from Young Writers in Gaza, Palestine

You can take action by demanding an end to the siege on Gaza here and can purchase a copy of the book here

To learn more about the current situation in Gaza, check out AFSC's background paper "Gaza Under Siege"

About the Book

Gaza Writes Back, edited by Refaat Alareer is a compelling collection of short stories from fifteen young writers in Gaza, members of a generation that has suffered immensely under Israel’s siege and blockade. Their experiences, especially during and following Israel’s 2008-2009 offensive known as “Operation Cast Lead”, have fundamentally impacted their lives.  Their stories are acts of resistance and defiance, proclaiming the endurance of Palestinians and the continuing resilience and creativity of their culture in the face of ongoing obstacles and attempts to silence them.  Whether tackling the tragedy that surrounds missile strikes and home raids, or the everyday indignities encountered by Palestinian refugees, through their writing these authors have brought to life the real issues that the people of Gaza face.

 

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One unarmed predator drone costs $18-20 million, not including operating or maintenance costs. Mary Zerkel makes the case that using drones in immigration enforcement is a waste of taxpayer money--and questions why the U.S. is using this military technology to patrol the border with Mexico.

This is an excerpt from AFSC's Oct. 30, 2013 Google Hangout on Air, "Boots on the Border." For more, go to afsc.org/story/recap-boots-border.

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Dr. Robert C. Walker of Dayton, Ohio is co-clerk of AFSC's Midwest Region Executive Committee. In this three-minute video, Robert talks about his connection with AFSC and what has motivated him in his 40 years of service to others.

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Iowans gather at U.S. Rep. Tom Latham's office to re-enact the immigrant story of Mary and Joseph and to urge Congress to pass humane immigration reform.

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What does a wish for "peace on Earth" mean in a community healing from violence, where many cannot afford basic needs? We asked Burundians living and working in peace villages—new settlements for people affected by war, including ex-combatants, returned refugees, and victims of violence—what peace means to them.

Burundi, a small country in East Africa that's roughly the size of Maryland, experienced two decades of ethnic and political conflict that tore apart its social fabric, reduced livelihoods to survival, and spread fear and distrust widely. Through our Burundi program, AFSC supports local and national organizations working for a sustainable peace.

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At an ecumenical advent service in Des Moines, Iowans light a candle and read statements of support for humane immigration reform written by religious leaders in Iowa.

Join the campaign for humane immigration reform. In Iowa, contact Sandra Sanchez of AFSC or Erica Johnson of ACLU.

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