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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In March 2013, Israel Social TV aired this segment on conscription of Druze, which features an interview with Omar.
Peace is not just the absence of war. It means a sense of shared security, access to jobs, health care, education—a community that is cared for and valued.
In October 2013, 19 people from five continents traveled to the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates to represent the American Friends Service Committee. We asked them: "What would peace look like in your community?"