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Posts from May 2016

By: John Lindsay-Poland
Published: May 31, 2016

The U.S. must address the flow of legal weaponry to Mexico—weapons that too often are used against Mexicans and migrants. 

Last month, more details came to light in the disappearance of 43 student teachers from Ayotozinapa, Guerrero. The students were in the city of Iguala one night in September 2014 when they were seized—and disappeared—by municipal police.

Documents from the Mexican defense ministry’s arms registry list the weapons possessed by the Iguala municipal police at the time. Among the arms listed: 20 assault rifles produced by...

Satirical signs replacing JNF forest signs near Jerusalem as part of the international week of action
By: Jordy Silverstein
Published: May 26, 2016

This week is a global week of action for SEDQ: A Global Jewish Network for Justice. They are inviting people around the globe to participate in “Cultivating Justice: a Global Week of Action and Education challenging the JNF." This week aims to encourage a closer look at the historical and current work of the Jewish National Fund (JNF). AFSC's Israel program coordinator, Sahar Vardi, is a part of the network and has participated in the actions. She received this piece from Jordy Silverstein, who lives in Melbourne and is also a part of the network. ...

By: Greg Coleridge
Published: May 23, 2016

All are welcome to join us for the “People’s Convention” in Cleveland.

There’s been a lot of attention on what may happen at the Republican National Convention (RNC), which takes place in Cleveland in July. There are also concerns about what will happen outside of the convention, since the federal government is spending $50 million to militarize Cleveland’s police...

Peace Conference 2016
By: Beth Hallowell
Published: May 20, 2016

Why #PeaceCon2016 of course! Woot!

Today we're at the Alliance for Peacebuilding's annual conference! Not in DC to join us IRL? Follow the conversation online at #PeaceCon2016 - which should win some kind of prize for best hashtag ever!

Here's one of the findings from our recent report that we'll be breaking down during our panel: Media outlets frame so-called extremist groups as both rational and...

By: Sayrah Namaste
By: Alice Rothchild
By: Nia Eubanks-Dixon
Published: May 20, 2016

A few picks from AFSC staff this week:

Loretta Lynch and the criminalization of trans people, by H Kapp-Klote and Angela Peoples, Truthout

While the Department of...