As Latinos grow into America’s largest minority, the community is being targeted by the US military as a new and steady source of recruits. Entering into the lowest and most dangerous ranks, Latinos have been disproportionately killed in American’s latest wars.
“Yo Soy el Army : America’s New Military Caste,” Big Noise’s co-production with Producciones Cimarron, looks at the militarization of the immigration debate. Alongside the Spanish-language media campaigns, the false promises and stringent laws that have even resulted in the deportation of non-citizen veterans, the US government is now considering the DREAM Act, legislation that offers a path to citizenship through military service.
Video submission for the If I Had a Trillion Dollars youth video contest. "The Wars in Afghanistan and Iraq have taken too many Arab and American lives. They have destroyed countries and souls, but they also have a pretty big price tag in dollars. Since 2001 our nation has embezzled over 1 Trillion dollars invading and occupying Southwest Asia. This is money that could have been used on things we need here at home. This video was made by youth interns who work for American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) in collaboration with BAY-Peace (Better Alternatives for Youth. The video is a youth attempt to portray the economic cost of war."
Video submission for the "If I Had a Trillion Dollars" youth video contest. This was done by an undergraduate student student from Columbia College and two graduate students from University of Chicago and discusses what the money that Chicagoan's have paid in taxes for the war could have been spent on instead of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
AFSC's new General Secretary Shan Cretin, talks about our rich history and ongoing work to bring peace and justice to the world.
Please take a moment to let three of your friends know about AFSC.
Brief reactions from people who attended the opening of AFSC's mural art exhibit, "Windows and Mirrors: Reflections on the War in Afghanistan." Recorded Oct. 7, 2010 in Philadelphia.
Dustin Washington coordinates the Tyree Scott Freedom School, which teaches young people about racism and how to organize to undo it, through his work at American Friends Service Committee's Seattle office.
AFSC's Adham Khalil is one of the great young advocates of nonviolent social change in Gaza. Adham worked with AFSC on AFSC's Gaza Alternateive Repair Strategies Project which was implemented in cooperation with the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) and Architercture for Humanity. Here is a brief clip from the forthcoming Joe Public Films documentary on Gaza.
Chicago youth hit the streets with the 911 News for Youth team to report on the trillion dollar wars.
Native American leaders deliver demands to the Seattle Police Department after shooting death of Carver John T. Williams.