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Posts from June 2016

Friends at the Presbyterian GA working for Palestinian human rights
By: Jennifer Bing
Published: June 30, 2016

The third week of June, 2016, the Presbyterian Church USA conference met, considered, and passed resolutions/overtures related to Israel and Palestine, moving forward the work of church divestment from Israeli occupation.  AFSC staff Jennifer Bing reflects here on her experience in Portland, Oregon with the Presbyterian Church sessions. Here's more about the church divestment recent efforts (Anna Baltzer writes about the two meetings in detail). - Lucy

BDS unites us. That is what I...

By: Nia Eubanks-Dixon
Published: June 24, 2016

As the 2015-2016 Supreme Court session winds to a close, major decisions on just a few remaining cases are expected before the end of this month. The court has already made some huge decisions this term, including on affirmative action, the fourth amendment, and President Obama’s executive actions on immigration

These decisions will potentially affect millions of people. Here’s what we’re reading to make sense of it all:

Published: June 23, 2016

This morning, the United States Supreme Court announced that they were evenly divided in a four -to -four split on U.S. v. Texas, the case challenging a Texas court’s injunction on President Obama’s 2014 executive actions on immigration.

If implemented, the executive actions would have expanded eligibility for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, as well as expanded eligibility to millions of parents of U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents, in what is referred to as the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (...

YUIR training in Pittsburgh
By: Claire Cohen
Published: June 23, 2016

On Sunday, May 1, 2016, I attended the final day of the Youth Undoing Institutional Racism (YUIR) weekend in Pittsburgh, PA. I had attended two previous YUIR weekend events, one for youth in October of 2015 and one for adults in March of 2016.

YUIR is a national peace and racial justice program for youth, jointly sponsored by the AFSC and the People's Institute for Survival and Beyond. Over the years, YUIR in Pittsburgh has worked on issues such...

By: Nia Eubanks-Dixon
Published: June 23, 2016

By Javier Reyes

Guatemala is a country immersed in violence. Shootings happen daily in many areas, and local gangs often terrorize neighborhoods.

During the past 15 years, we’ve seen a rise in incidents involving lynchings and mob violence in rural and urban areas. This social phenomenon requires attention and multidisciplinary approaches from state security institutions and civil society.

In 2015, at least eight lynchings—and five lynching attempts —were registered with local authorities. These events are blind to gender, age, or social class. On many occasions,...