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Posts from April 2016

No taxes for war
By: David Zarembka
Published: April 12, 2016

And Jesus said to them, "Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's."                                                                                                                                                                               Mark 12:17

While most people have interpreted this verse from the New Testament to indicate that they are required to pay taxes to the government, I have a different interpretation. In 1961 when I turned eighteen, I applied to...

Interview for TV news in Portland, Oregon
By: Beth Hallowell
Published: April 12, 2016

We've been writing a lot about journalism and violence since the recent attacks in Brussels and Lahore. Media outlets quote each other more than any other source in stories about violent extremism. Journalists too often parachute into...

Yazan, Detaining Dreams speaking tour
By: Jennifer Bing
Published: April 11, 2016

A phone call at dinner becomes a personal reminder of why we must end the detention of Palestinian children.     

In my tenure with AFSC, I have had the privilege of organizing hundreds of U.S. speaking tours featuring courageous individuals—mainly from the Middle Eastworking for peace and justice.

I’ve enjoyed being a host organizer—orienting speakers on their first visit to the United States and interpreting American...

By: Rick Wilson
Published: April 8, 2016

History was made in a federal court in West Virginia this week when Don Blankenship, former CEO of Massey Energy, was sentenced to a year in prison for actions leading up to the 2010 Upper Big Branch disaster, which killed 29 coal miners.

By coincidence, the verdict came on April 6, 2016, six years and a day after the tragedy.

Although thousands of U.S. workers die on the job every year, this case marked the first time that a CEO of a major company was...

AFSC participates in rally to support detained hunger strikers in Tacoma
By: Nina Mast
Published: April 8, 2016

How do Americans feel about immigrant detention or deportation policies, policies that tear families apart, undermine community cohesion, and erode public trust in law enforcement, not to mention cost taxpayers millions of dollars every year? Well, actually, we don’t know, because no one’s asking.

Polls on American attitudes about immigration are fairly common. Usually, they include general questions on what should be done about "illegal immigration," whether "illegal immigrants" take American jobs,...