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AFSC PA's Racial Justice through Human Rights youth group created this video for the If I Had a Trillion Dollars film festival about how raising the minimum wage would support low wage workers. AFSC PA partnered with Pittsburgh's Fight for $15 for this video.

Residents of one community in Guatemala City have transformed a dangerous, abandoned lot into a multi-purpose space that’s bringing people together and helping to make the neighborhood safer.

With AFSC’s support, the 14 de Octubre (October 14) sports field project turned a ravine full of garbage into a soccer field that’s also used for community meetings and events. The project was initiated by residents concerned that the ravine was a breeding ground for drug use and criminal activity.

The project is one example of AFSC’s work in Guatemala, where we partner with schools, universities, community-based organizations, and public institutions to build local peace networks that help reduce urban violence.

Take a look at this dynamic Prezi presentation to find out more about the 14 de Octubre project.

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What do students of color have to say about how the criminal justice system sees them?

Students at Northwest Academy of Law High School in St. Louis made a video to describe their feelings regarding Mike Brown, the Darren Wilson grand jury verdict, and Ferguson protests happening in their community.

Joshua Saleem, AFSC’s peace education director in St. Louis, says that the grand jury decisions in the killings of Mike Brown and Eric Garner sent a negative message to youth that blackness is suspect, dangerous, and threatening.

“Many in the black community have already received these messages either through direct experience or knowledge of the history of the oppressive relationship between law enforcement and people of color in this country,” he says. The grand juries’ failure to indict reaffirmed the message that defenders of “justice” don’t place value on young black and brown lives.

“If we don’t name what has happened, youth of color will internalize the message that their life doesn’t have as much value,” Joshua says.

The video above developed out of student conversations about the impact of the grand jury decisions. Some of their responses to how the system sees them include: “A thug,” “wild,” “dumb,” “a demon” (per Darren Wilson’s testimony), “violent,” and “suspects.”

Who are they really and how do they want to be seen? Their responses include: “A human being,” “a citizen,” “smart,” “beautiful,” “wise,” and “good.”

 

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To mark the 5th anniversary of the Citizens United decision. 
VIDEO: 5 Years of Move to Amend in Ohio 
 

Produced by: Hannah Yackley, current John Looney intern

 

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Maureen Farris, a former intern with AFSC's Economic and Political Justice Program in Northeast Ohio, talks about her current work as a teacher and what she learned from her work with AFSC.

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Vicktoria Lariche, an intern with AFSC's Economic and Political Justice Program in Northeast Ohio, shares about her experience with AFSC.

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Check out this Move the Money video created by Debbie Southorn of AFSC Chicago.

In April 2014, young people from across the country demonstrated in Washington, DC because they want to fund programs in their communities. They demand money for homes, schools, community centers and green technology instead of warfare and weapons. Feed people, not the Pentagon.

As the young people say, “We are unstoppable, another world is possible.”

Militarization is one aspect of Israeli society that AFSC is trying to challenge through its Israel Program. Israel Social TV, which works to promote social change and rights tries to mobilize its viewers towards activism and a more democratic society.

This month, the voice of the Druze Palestinian group was amplified through the production of a series of five episodes (http://tv.social.org.il/en/the-druze) which look at how the Druze community is fragmented from the rest of Palestinians and how marginalized a group they have become. The Druze community is subject to mandatory conscription in the Israeli Army creating a rift between the Druze and fellow Palestinians living inside Israel.

AFSC funded the production of this video as part of its Israel Program and hopes to  expose the youth to other alternatives other than national and civil service. Both the human and economic costs of the military budget needs to be challenged so that the dominant narrative of linking citizenship, militarization and security is changed.

For more on the Israel Program, please contact: Sahar Vardi at SVardi@afsc.org.

 

 

Militarization is one aspect of Israeli society that AFSC is trying to challenge through its Israel Program. Israel Social TV, which works to promote social change and rights tries to mobilize its viewers towards activism and a more democratic society.

 

This month, the voice of the Druze Palestinian group was amplified through the production of a series of five episodes (http://tv.social.org.il/en/the-druze) which look at how the Druze community is fragmented from the rest of Palestinians and how marginalized a group they have become. The Druze community is subject to mandatory conscription in the Israeli Army creating a rift between the Druze and fellow Palestinians living inside Israel.

 

AFSC funded the production of this video as part of its Israel Program and hopes to  expose the youth to other alternatives other than national and civil service. Both the human and economic costs of the military budget needs to be challenged so that the dominant narrative of linking citizenship, militarization and security is changed.

 

For more on the Israel Program, please contact: Sahar Vardi at SVardi@afsc.org.

 

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Frank Hribar from Mentor, Judy Kramer from Chagrin Falls, Carla Rautenberg from Cleveland Heights and Rose & Jack Petsche from Brecksville speak at the Shaker Heights Move to Amend meeting on December 4, 2014.

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