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?"
A new film from Caneyhead Pictures. Trailer follows:
In June of 2013 a group of peace activists set out for a walk across Iowa to protest the Predator drone control center planned for the Iowa National Guard Air Base in Des Moines.
Beginning at the arms depot at Rock Island Illinois and ending at the National Guard Air Base in Des Moines, the intimate journey of 25 peace pilgrims is documented in the film Walking the Walk: a March Against Drone Warfare. For two weeks and one hundred ninety-five miles, the walkers discuss their mission, their hopes, fears and outrage.
Among the walkers are a man just released from prison for attempting to deliver a letter to the commander of a drone base, a businessman who has left a lucrative career to walk and witness for peace, veterans who have witnessed war first hand and a lawyer and former government official deeply concerned with the legality of the United States' drone strike program.
In discussions with locals they meet and public presentations in libraries, parks and colleges we hear the issue of armed drone strikes and assassinations discussed in all their ethical complexity. Medea Benjamin, co-founder of the world-wide peace action organization Code Pink called the film "Wonderful... Fantastic... Brilliant, it gets out so much info in such a humanizing way. And so beautifully filmed."