Comments by Ira Harritt, KC AFSC Program Coordinator at November 10 Turning Combat Boots Into Ploughshares event.
Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013
2 p.m. Eastern time
Immigration policies and strategies that rely on military-style enforcement have created a human rights disaster along the U.S./Mexico border.
Now Congress—in the guise of immigration policy reform—is mulling a taxpayer-funded bonanza for private contractors tucked into so-called “border security” proposals. By gearing up to create one of the world’s most militarized borders, Congress plans to line the pockets of contractors seeking their next windfall. What’s at risk is more than humane immigration reforms—it’s our democracy itself.
In Boots on the Border, four AFSC experts will discuss the implications and impact of these proposals.
Interns with AFSC's Criminal Justice Program in Michigan share their thoughts about prisons and why we should care about the people within them.
AFSC's Michigan Criminal Justice Program advocates for over 1,500 Michigan prisoners and their families each year, building an advocacy network throughout the state. The program encourages dialogue among prisoners and the general public, and works for humane reform of the criminal justice system, and for the rights of prisoners.
In this three-minute video, Jessica Alaniz, an intern with AFSC Chicago's Youth Peacebuilding and Justice Program, describes her work with AFSC and her motivation for it. Jessica will be among several AFSC young people attending the 13th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates on October 21-23 in Warsaw, Poland.
IHTD is the annual If I Had A Trillion Dollars national youth film festival.
We ask youth ages 23 years old and younger, "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?"
More information on how to submit at www.ihtd.org.
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And many thanks to all of the participants of the 3rd annual "If I had a Trillion Dollars" Youth Film Festival!
This two-minute video introduces Kenia Calderon, who provides administrative support for the legal services component of AFSC Iowa's Immigrants Voice Program. Originally from El Salvador, Kenia applied for and received her Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) status from AFSC Iowa.
Join us in a conversation with these agents for change; what they have learned, challenges they have faced, and how they have grown. Send your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Featuring some of the 65 young people who came to Washington, D.C. for the 2013 "If I Had a Trillion Dollars" film festival and leadership institute, this video won the People's Choice Award in the Looking @ Democracy contest.
After envisioning their ideal world—and forming a federal budget that reflected their priorities—the youth featured here talked to Congress, sharing ideas about how funding for education, homeless assistance, and the environment could improve communities.
From the immigration legislation in Congress currently to existing programs like Operation Streamline, private prison companies are pursuing the expansion of immigrant detention. AFSC's Caroline Isaacs explains some of these policies and how they impact immigrants and people living in border communities.