Call for Spirited Action: Quaker Network to end mass incarceration
Have you heard about the new growing network of Quakers working together across the country to end mass incarceration? What started as a small group of Friends meeting during mealtimes at the 2014 Friends General Conference Gathering has burgeoned into a movement of Quakers connecting across the country to see how we can pool our knowledge and resources on shifting our prison system.
People really want good information on changes in immigration law, according to Jody Mashek, who directs AFSC Iowa's Immigration Legal Services program. Jody recently presented to 160 people at Sacred Heart Church in West Des Moines, Iowa about President Obama's executive orders on extended Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Deferred Action for Parental Accountability (DAPA).
In this six-minute interview, Sandra Sanchez, director of AFSC Iowa's Immigrants Voice Program, describes the community outreach presentations she's making for the immigrant community in Central Iowa. Sandra's presentations describe the requirements of President Obama's Executive Orders on extended Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Deferred Action for Parental Accountability (DAPA). Sandra also hosts a weekly radio show on La Reina 1260 AM.
We summarize last week’s activities; announce upcoming events for next week; and reflect on the pros and cons of dropping oil prices for people and nations; First Energy corporation’s proposed rate hike; a positive democracy development in the current US-European trade negotiations; commemorating both Martin Luther King’s birthday and the 5th anniversary of the Citizens United Supreme Court decision; and on several quotes of Martin Luther King.
We summarize last week’s activities; announce upcoming events for next week; reflect on anti-democratic and democracy realities in 2014; and share predictions economically and politically in 2015 at the global, national and state levels.
The reflections of the 2014 anti-democratic and democracy realities are based on these articles written by Greg Coleridge
“Top” 10 Anti-Democratic Realities in 2014
A 13 minute presentation by Elaine Scarry (Walter M. Cabot Professor of Aesthetics and General Theory of Value at Harvard College) at a December 2014 Boston-area meeting to mobilize for and beyond the events on the eve of the 2015 Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference. The AFSC is taking a central role in this internatonal effort for Peace and Planet: for Justice, Environment, and Nuclear Abolition.
A 25 minute presentation by the Peace & Economic Security Program's Joseph Gerson (Disarmament Coordinator and Director of Programs for the Northeast Region for AFSC) at a December 2014 Boston-area meeting to mobilize for and beyond the events on the eve of the 2015 Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference. The AFSC is taking a central role in this internatonal effort for Peace and Planet: for Justice, Environment, and Nuclear Abolition.
Hector Salamanca describes his journey to the White House
In this 10-minute interview, AFSC Iowa volunteer Hector Salamanca describes his summer 2014 journey to the White House as a Deferred Action Champion of Change. Hector describes the benefits of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), but makes it clear that it's "just a band-aid on a bleeding wound" and that the U.S. desperately needs humane immigration reform.
Hector shares his future dreams and explains why AFSC has been a "home away from home" for him. He speaks here with Jon Krieg, Communications Specialist for AFSC's Midwest Region.
Call For Spirited Action: Coalition of Friends in Baltimore for Healing Justice
A conversation with Dominique Stevenson and Marshall "Eddie" Conway, co-founders of AFSC's Friend of a Friend Program in Baltimore. Eddie and Dominique also co-wrote Eddie's autobigraphy, "Marshall Law: The Life and Times of a Baltimore Black Panther." Dominique is the AFSC Program Director for Friend of a Friend, and Eddie is very active in a variety of projects that address mass incarceration and the criminal justice system.
We summarize last week’s activities; announce upcoming events for next week; and comment on just 1 issue -- due to its massive impact on all of our lives and because of a couple of important lessons it provides as we move forward to 2015 -- the federal budget bill with its many spending provisions and two significant non-spending "riders" on bailing out Wall Street and dramatically increasing political contributions.
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