Share to Facebook Share to Twitter Share to Google Plus Share to Google Plus Share by Email
See video

On 6 April, 2015 in the midst of the Passover holidays, dozens of members of the Israeli refusers movement and their supporters gathered at Tel Hashomer military base, near Tel Aviv. They gathered to escort conscientious objector Edo Ramon as he turned himself in for his refusal to serve in the Israel military. This would be his second sentence for his refusal.

Edo was to join refusers Yehiel Nahmani and Efi Droshner, currently imprisoned for the same reasons.

Yaron Kaplan is a 21 year old Israeli who served in the military for the past two years. Now, he refuses to continue his military service so he was also present at this protest. He is likely to be imprisoned in the coming few weeks. They are ready to pay a personal price for the public good.

In his declaration of refusal, Yaron wrote:

“I believe that in order to break this cycle of violence, we must reach out to the Palestinians, acknowledge their pain, and let them live in freedom and dignity.

I believe that the military control over the Palestinians does not enable true dialogue; it only creates more hatred and suffering, and deepens the circle of pain and grief.

My choice not to continue my military service, is my way to break that vicious cycle, and it is one of multiple actions that I take in order to create peace in people's hearts and minds.

I love my country. This action that I take comes from the purest concern and care for its future. I deeply desire that the Jewish people will be able to live in peace, prosperity and safety, in their homeland.

It is clear to me that in order to accomplish this, I must ensure that the Palestinians, which this is also their homeland, will be able to live in peace, prosperity and safety, as well”.

Through its Israel Program, AFSC tries to create spaces where activists can challenge occupation, oppression, and inequality. These young Israelis become more aware of the effect of militarism on their lives and are ready to challenge it. AFSC’s Israel Program coordinator, Sahar Vardi, took a small footage of this protest.

For more on the Israel Program please contact:

See video

Join us for Peace and Planet, a mobilization to build a nuclear-free, peaceful, just, and sustainable world!
April 24-26, New York City.

Nuclear abolition connects deeply with struggles to end and prevent wars, increase peace, and achieve economic and environmental justice in our local communities and around the world. Learn more and get involved!

More than one hundred organizations have endorsed the mobilization.


Video Credits


Peace and Planet poster design

Luba Lukova (



Hey World (Remote Control Version) - Michael Franti & Spearhead



Madeline Schaefer


Video sources

Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley (

Center for Sacrimento History (

Concord Media (

Link TV Archive, Link Media, Inc. (

okrajoe (

Prelinger Archives (


Image sources

AP Images (

Black Rock Solar (

Christine Irvine (

David Shankbone  (

Esther Lee (

Getty Images (

Jonathan McIntosh (

Mark Freeman (

Scott Lum (

Shadia Fayne Wood (

Sunline Design (

Susan Lina Ruggles (

Whitlam Institute (

See video

In this Star Clip we would like to familiarize you with the WebEx set-up process by walking you through everything you'll need to know to get connected to your WebEx meeting.

See video

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.

See video

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.”


See video

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


See video

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.

Who we are

AFSC is a Quaker organization devoted to service, development, and peace programs throughout the world. Our work is based on the belief in the worth of every person, and faith in the power of love to overcome violence and injustice. Learn more

Where we work

AFSC has offices around the world. To see a complete list see the Where We Work page.

Get AFSC's newsletter

AFSC Online