White Quaker singer-songwriter Sandy Robson reflects on fear and how it operates to maintain segregation and racial oppression in this moving piece about growing up in Baltimore and understanding the vulnerability and lack of safety her black friends feel.
On September 1st an historic settlement was reached in California on the use of long-term isolation or solitary confinement. This win came after years of organizing in which AFSC staff were actively participating. This is a summary of the agreement reached and of all the work and actions that went into making the agreement possible by incarcerated men, their families, and other allies working together persistently and faithfully for change.
Below is a response to Mike Merryman-Lotze's guest blog post Palestine Activism in an Anti-Racist Framework from members of the Palestine Israel Action Group (PIAG) of Ann Arbor Friends Meeting. The original blog post, though written in Mike's personal voice, does reflect AFSC's position and Mike replies to this open letter below.
In this personal reflection, Lucy Duncan, talks about facing with despair and how she has found that small groups working for change, including through the Quaker social change ministry program, give her hope and strength. She says, "We are all standing on holy ground, we are in a desperate situation and what we need to face it is within us, between us, in these circles willing to struggle."
A white person attending the Bernie Sander’s rally in Seattle last week probably understood what was happening as an unwelcome, uninvited interruption of Bernie’s attempts to speak on social programs. But in the world of Marissa Johnson and Mara Jacqueline Willaford, the two Black Lives Matter activists who took the stage, they weren’t just interrupting Bernie Sanders - they were interrupting white supremacy.
Though this piece, an exploration of working within an anti-racist framework in all work against oppression, but particularly in the movement to end the occupaton of Palestinian territory, is a personal statement by Mike Merryman-Lotze, it does reflect AFSC's organizational position with regard to this issue. - Lucy
In this piece Sahar Vardi reflects in journal form on the recent stabbing of a young woman at a Gay Pride protest in Tel Aviv (the young woman has subsequently died) and the arson attack on a Palestinian home that left a toddler burned to death. Sahar is AFSC's Israel program coordinator based in Jerusalem. - Lucy
Michiko Kodama, a Hibakusha--survivor of the atomic bomb in Hiroshima--shares a first hand account of her memories that day and provides a moving testimony calling for the abolition of what she calls "weapons of the devil."
Some believe that drone attacks save U.S. lives because they do not rely on "boots on the ground" and thus service members are spared death and injury. But what about other people's lives? As a Quaker and an AFSC staff member, Stephen McNeil joined a gathering of 150 interfaith folk at Princeton Theological Seminary to consider that very question.
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