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Posts from May 2016

By: Jamie Bissonette Lewey
Published: May 18, 2016

Jamie Bissonette Lewey offered these remarks on May 6th at an event for the exhibit, Contemporary Native Photographers and the Edward Curtis Legacy, at the Portland (ME) Museum of Art. Edward Curtis was a late 19th and early 20th century European-American photographer best known for his photographs of Native Americans. This talk was co-sponsored by the Abbe Museum and reflects on the ways...

By: Nia Eubanks-Dixon
Published: May 18, 2016

By Veneeta D. 

Veneeta D. is a 17-year-old high school student in Robbinsdale, Minnesota, outside of Minneapolis. Recently, she attended an AFSC Freedom School, a two-day workshop that brings together young people to break down the systems that perpetuate institutional racism—from education to criminal justice—and discuss ways to create meaningful change.

Here Veneeta shares her experience:

Attending Freedom School was the first...

By: Dominique Diaddigo-Cash
Published: May 18, 2016

Organizing around political or social issues is a holistic skill that enhances a person's critical lens, self-worth, leadership ability, and emotional and social intelligence. The more that young people are exposed to these values, the more likely they are to identify them as fundamental to a healthy society.

Nearly half—45 percent—of young people in the U.S. belong to low-income families, but poverty is just one of many structural barriers that inhibit the personal growth of young...

AFSC's new report explains how media should change their coverage of violent extremism to promote peace
By: Beth Hallowell
Published: May 17, 2016

Our new report on how media cover violent extremism is out! Get your copy here.

The findings may not be surprising. There is Islamophobia. There is gross over-simplification of history. There is very little coverage of nonviolence. 

But there were also some highlights: journalists that gave detailed attention to diplomacy and peace building, for example. 


Here's a round-up of some of the worst - and best - things that we found:

  • Islam is covered in the context of...
By: Nia Eubanks-Dixon
Published: May 13, 2016

We are deeply troubled by news that the Obama administration is planning to conduct a second round of raids to deport women and children from Central America. The raids are said to target young people who crossed the border as unaccompanied minors, alone, and have recently turned 18. Targeting young people who have had to make a treacherous journey and sending them back to a country where they may face persecution shortly after their 18th birthday is particularly callous. Targeting women who...