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Posts from May 2016

By: Sayrah Namaste
By: Alice Rothchild
By: Nia Eubanks-Dixon
Published: May 13, 2016

A few picks from AFSC staff this week:

“Living in the Shadow of Counterterrorism: Meet the Muslim Women Taking on the National Security State,” by Kanya D’Almeida, Rewire

State and federal...

By: Greg Elliott
Published: May 12, 2016

Immigration and xenophobia in the Rust Belt

Seven years ago at the age of 26, I worked at a nonprofit in a small city in Pennsylvania. This organization was mostly focused on providing social services like housing, health care, youth programs, and job training, but my work focused on community development in one of the city’s poorer neighborhoods. Community development can often be a code word for gentrification, but in this case we were genuinely trying to improve the lives of everyone in the neighborhood, not price them out.

This area had seen waves of immigration as far...

By: France Remy
Published: May 12, 2016

More than six years ago, France Remy was among the one million people who lost their homes in a catastrophic earthquake in Haiti—a disaster that killed more than 200,000 people. After the earthquake, she volunteered as a nurse in a camp in Leogane, where she lived in with many others who had been displaced.

Tensions rose in the camp as residents struggled with loss and scarce resources. France began working with AFSC to address conflicts through nonviolence. Here she shares her experience over the past six years.


Women peacekeeping in South Sudan
By: Mel Duncan and David Hartsough
Published: May 11, 2016

Note: AFSC nominated Nonviolent Peaceforce for a Nobel Peace Prize for 2016. In our nomination letter, we said, “The work of Nonviolent Peaceforce is not to shrink from violence, but to meet it directly, while refusing to add to that violence in the process of doing so. As ever, the work of peacemakers is not to step away from conflict, but to step toward it, with the tools and conviction to engage conflict in ways that are constructive rather than destructive.” I asked the co-...

News van outside of primary campaign event in Urbandale, Iowa
By: Beth Hallowell
Published: May 10, 2016


Have you noticed that since the media started covering ISIS, Islamophobia in the U.S. has gone up? 

We noticed too.

In fact, our friends working to reduce military spending started noticing that every time an ISIS beheading made the evening news, their work got a little bit harder. Ok, a lot harder. We wondered if it had anything to do with how the media were covering extremism. We decided to find out. So we launched a study. Here's what we found.


We never expected our findings to be good. But what we found was very,...