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Posts from March 2016

AFSC staff testify before Congress on election violence in Burundi
By: Beth Hallowell
Published: April 1, 2016

AFSC has witnessed the effects of election-related violence through our peacebuilding work around the world. From South Africa to Iraq to Indonesia, we have learned a few things about the violence that can flare up during an election cycle – especially in places that are coping with legacies of war and colonialism. 

In the middle of all the uncertainty that these transitional periods can bring, one thing we’ve seen over and over again is how reporting on elections doesn’t change. Too often, coverage focuses on...
Mural painting in Guatemala
By: Willie Colon
Published: March 31, 2016

Art has the power to reach—and move—people beyond what traditional education and organizing can do. And today, a growing number of activists around the world are using art to challenge war and militarism in their communities.

On March 30, AFSC staff members Minerva Mendoza, Tabitha Mustafa, and Erin Polley joined media relations director Alexis Moore for “Cultural organizing: Art as a tool for social change,” a live-streamed discussion. Here’s a recap.

How AFSC programs are using art and cultural organizing in Fresno, Indianapolis, and...

By: Ron and Pam Ferguson
Published: March 30, 2016

Pam and Ron Ferguson were invited to lead programmed worship at AFSC's Annual Corporation meeting on March 5, 2016. Pam and Ron are the Co-Pastors of Winchester Friends Church in Winchester, IN, where they live out Friends' Testimonies with their church community through work in local food pantries, an active Peace and Social Concerns Committee, and...

By: Beth Hallowell
Published: March 29, 2016

Our hearts are grieving for the people of Lahore. It is truly awful what happened last Sunday - at a kids' park no less. But I have to admit: while I watched some of the coverage, I probably read less news about the attacks in Lahore than I did about the same kind of tragedy last week in Brussels. Aside from my daily dose of morning news, and feeling proud of the The Huffington Post for posting this graphic...

By: Ron and Pam Ferguson
Published: March 28, 2016

Pam and Ron Ferguson were invited to lead programmed worship at AFSC's Annual Corporation meeting on March 5, 2016. Pam and Ron are the Co-Pastors of Winchester Friends Church in Winchester, IN, where they live out Friends' Testimonies with their church community through work in local food pantries, an active Peace and Social Concerns Committee, and...

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