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Posts from April 2016

By: Dan Seeger
Published: April 7, 2016

The following is the text read by Dan Seeger, clerk of the Friends Relations Committee in March, 2016 at AFSC's annual meeting of the Corporation as part of the report of the committee.

An article was published in The New York Times on February 11, 2016.  It reported that scientists, for the first time, had detected gravity waves.  The gravity waves they detected were created by the collision of two black holes a billion light years away.  The detection of these gravity waves is considered a final confirmation of Einstein’s general theory of relativity, and of his...

By: Beth Hallowell
Published: April 6, 2016

Ever wonder what other people are reading around the world? Apparently we're not the only ones who do. has come up with an AMAZING infographic to show what news topics are trending anywhere. In the whole world. And they made it look like a map.

This is going to be so. Much. Fun.

What coverage is trending in the U.S.?

Zooming in on the United States, we're not surprised by the trending topics: the economy, the election, the NCAA championship.  But we read the U.S. news every day. Next!


By: Sahar Vardi
Published: April 5, 2016

Note: Aiden Katri, an Israeli transgender woman, refused her military service on March 29th and was sentenced to her first prison term in a men’s prison. Sahar Vardi, coordinator of AFSC’s Israel program, offers a reflection on the intersectionality of movements and the importance of refusing all forms of oppression. - Lucy

Imagine a 19 year old girl jailed in a men’s military prison for refusing to breach international law. Sounds absurd, doesn’t it?

Meet 19 year old Aiden Katri, an Israel transgender woman who, on March 29th, refused her...

By: Mike Merryman-Lotze
Published: April 4, 2016

As more states retaliate against BDS, we must stand against attempts to suppress protected speech and action.

Over the past month, there have been two significant victories for the boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) movement, which holds corporations and institutions accountable for their support for or complicity in Israel’s occupation of Palestinian territory.

First the British security services company...

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...