American Friends Service Committee's Jason Tower at March 13, 2012 Challenging the Pivot event, Cambridge, MA.
AFSC's West Virginia Economic Justice Project (WVEJ) works statewide on issues affecting low income and working families.
The project helps people get the best possible deal from the current system, engages in campaigns to gain or defend economic rights for workers and low income families, helps build effective coalition in support of economic justice for all people.
Direction and Camera by Hasibullah Asmati
Editing by Hamed Alizada
Sound and Additional Camera by Zarah Sadat
After the refugees returned, post-Taliban, there was no girl’s school in the village. Waseema took things into her own hands, organizing the women, pressuring the resistant men, and setting up ‘classrooms’ in an abandoned, roofless, building on the outskirts of the village. The sounds of the girls calling out their lessons doesn’t disturb anyone - except for those who won’t follow their Mullah’s advice and allow their daughters and sisters to attend.
Hasibullah Asmati’s family is from Takhar and he lives in Kabul. He worked as a production assistant on the documentary Addicted in Afghanistan, and as a freelance production assistant with the Takhar province TV channel. Hasib is currently working with Community Supported Film to make Brewing Tea in a Kettle of War, which will look at best practices in economic and social development from the perspective of Afghan villagers. Hasib is in Takhar province to capture one village’s attempt to come to terms with the cyclical terror of flashfloods and drought.
This video of immigrants and advocates from around the country was created by Yanex, an intern with AFSC. It includes seven principles for immigration reform.
If I Had A Trillion Dollars is a national youth video contest and film festival. We ask young people aged 10-23, "If YOU had the power to choose, how would you spend 1 trillion dollars? What could that money do for your family, for your community, for your nation, or for the world?"
Youth then create a video for the festival, and many have the opportunity to travel to Washington, D.C. to share their ideas and visions with legislators on Capitol Hill in the spring.
This short video documents the highlights and reflections of several youth who were involved in last year's festival.
The submission deadline for the 2013 festival is Jan. 11, 2013. Visit ihtd.org to learn more.
The first plastic army men were made during WWII. Making them out of this material helped conserve tin and other metals needed in the production of arms. During this time, they were still hand painted individually in the United States. Now they stand plain, unpainted, with modern weapons and fatigues, and are made in third world countries. They are very inexpensive and are sold mostly in supermarkets and dollar stores. I personally remember being a poor kid on welfare, and getting them regularly as gifts because they were one of the only toys my mother could afford.
We believe that this is too much of a coincidence. The amount of budget that goes into the military is offensive enough. Why target minorities with the glory of war, guns, and death? That money could help educate us, make us more socially aware and many other things.
Each plastic solider has a weapon of some sort. There are no obvious medics, engineers, or technicians of any kind. In creating this video, we wanted to play with these gray, soulless figures that haunted our childhoods in a memorable way. We wanted to build a trench of peace and love that united any color of solider to send a message and set an example.
We had a lot of fun building the set and working with stop animation which was pretty new to us all. We built hills out of clay and newspaper, decorated them with paint, moss, and rocks. We patiently arranged each figure to orchestrate our message. A message that shouts "Love is louder than guns!"
Robert Khasho is a Portland based artist who mentored AFSC youth to produce "Love is Louder than Guns," this year’s entry into the AFSC/National Priorities Project If I Had a Trillion $ video contest. Using stop motion animation it features plastic toy soldiers, and was chosen as a contest finalist. Participating youth travel to Washington DC in April to receive leadership training and urge their legislators to end war and invest in education and human needs.
AFSC South Region: Friend of a Friend
Demetrius Jones describes his experience with AFSC's Friend of a Friend program in Baltimore, MD. Jones was incarcerated at the age of 15 and participated in a Friend of a Friend project. He continues to work with AFSC.
In this two-part video by Rodger Routh, John Dabeet, US Coordinator for UN recognition of a Palestinian state and a professor of economics at Muscatine Community College, offers his thoughts at the conclusion of a four-part AFSC series entitled "Palestine is Still the Issue."
To view part two of John Dabeet's talk, click here.
A Peace Parade was led by Peace Planters one of over 30 groups supporting the AFSC organized Visions of Peace at the Crossroads Festival on June 1, 2012. The parade include giant puppets created by Joann McMillan and a song written by Nick Pick for the event.