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We summarize last week’s activities; share upcoming events for next week; and comment on the upcoming House vote on Fast Track, just leaked documents of the super secret and super anti-democratic Trade in Service Agreement (TISA), ways to humanize the Ohio budget, how much people are hurt by inequality, and the just issued national poll on money in politics — more people than ever want fundamental change and a completely rebuilt system. 

Nearly two years ago, AFSC and FCNL produced a joint working paper, titled "Shared Security: Reimagining U.S. Foreign Policy."  Since then, both organizations have encouraged feedback from local Quaker meetings on the proposal and developed strategies for enacting its vision in their work.  Hear from Aura Kanegis, AFSC Director of Public Policy and Advocacy, and Alissa Wilson, Public Education and Advocacy Coordinator for AFSC's Africa Region, on the work AFSC has done to actualize a new approach to foreign policy.

Raul Vazquez is an intern with AFSC Chicago's Youth Peacebuilding and Immigrant Justice Program, directed by Darlene Gramigna. In this seven-minute interview, Raul talks about his current work with Hurley Elementary School students on mosaics and the creation of t-shirts for AFSC's If I Had a Trillion Dollars (IHTD) Youth Film Festival.

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Audio of AFSC Monthly Conference Call Conversation: Using the Public Power to Create Money to Create Jobs, Repair Infrastructure and Reduce Debt with Speaker: Joe Bongiovanni. Co-Director of the Kettle Pond Institute, second generation monetary reformer, annual speaker at the American Monetary Institute national conference.

 

Part 1 of:

Audio of AFSC Monthly Conference Call Conversation: Using the Public Power to Create Money to Create Jobs, Repair Infrastructure and Reduce Debt with Speaker: Joe Bongiovanni. Co-Director of the Kettle Pond Institute, second generation monetary reformer, annual speaker at the American Monetary Institute national conference.

 

In this 9-minute interview, Melissa Pacheco of Des Moines describes her experience at a recent AFSC Youth Gathering at the Highlander Center outside Knoxville, Tennessee.

She says she learned that it's not just her community that faces challenging issues and that she appreciated the chance to learn about other issues, strategies and resources. It's not easy to attract very busy students to the work, and there are "so many stories to tell." Young people need role models who can help them move beyond language and cultural barriers.

We summarize last week’s activities; share upcoming events for next week; and comment on how much corporations paid US senators to fast-track the TPP, how the TPP is unconstitutional, AT&T's lawsuit claiming net neutrality violates their first and fifth amendment constitutional "rights," the average age of minimum wage workers is 36, and the acquittal of Cleveland police officer Michael Brelo on the 137 shots killings. 

We summarize last week’s activities; share upcoming events for next week; and comment on how Fast Track could apply to a trade deal worse than the TPP, how an amendment to the TPP could result in severe cuts to Medicare, what's behind big banks pleading guilty to market manipulation and the sudden resignation of Akron Mayor Don Plusquellic. 

Note: Ruth Mayson and her daughter, Doris, recently stopped by AFSC’s office in Des Moines to thank Jody Mashek, Immigration Legal Services Director, for her help. Refugees from Liberia, Ruth and her spouse became U.S. citizens with the assistance of AFSC. In this five-minute interview, Ruth and Doris share more with Jon Krieg.

In this four-minute interview, Kaija Carter of Des Moines describes her April 23-26, 2015 experience at AFSC's Youth Gathering at the Highlander Center outside Knoxville, Tennessee. She talks about a strong sense of community among fellow activists and a workshop she facilitated. She also provides succinct advice for people who want to be good allies.

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