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Posts from July 2016

By: Alice Rothchild
By: Nia Eubanks-Dixon
Published: July 29, 2016

As convention season winds to a close, we look at some of the important issues that activists have brought to the convention floors and to the streets of Philadelphia and Cleveland.

Protesters call on Clinton and Democrats to end deportations, close family detention centers, by Andrew O’Reilly, Fox News Latino


By: Greg Coleridge
Published: July 27, 2016

While most media outlets at the Republic National Convention (RNC) focused on speech plagiarism, Donald Trump, and potential clashes between police and protesters, AFSC joined other organizations and individuals to advocate for just, peaceful, sustainable, and democratic policies at public events around the city, including the “People’s Justice and Peace Convention.”

Here are three takeaways from our week in Cleveland:

1. We must create more opportunities for all people to take part in the political process.

Current public...

Stop killing us at Governor's mansion in St. Paul, MN
By: Lucy Duncan
Published: July 27, 2016

A few weeks ago, on my way to Illinois Yearly meeting I was in St. Louis staying with friends, Steve and Sandra Tamari. While I was there, Steve took me to Ferguson. We stood on the street where Michael Brown’s body lay for hours, and visited the memorial for him embedded in the sidewalk. Steve told the story of the protests in the early days, which continued for weeks afterwards. We stood there in the sunlight as people walked by pursuing their daily lives. Next to the side walk is a manicured lawn that rises into a sloping hill. The apartments look like apartments near where I live. It...

A woman speaks at the Countering Islamophobia town hall outside of the 2016 DNC
By: Beth Hallowell
Published: July 26, 2016

Convention coverage is one of our favorite guilty pleasures, but the coverage of the peaceful protests outside of the conventions has fallen into the same old Angry Spontaneous Protester narrative that it often does. This narrative isn't just overused, it's inaccurate. We can and should change it. 

What is nonviolence anyway?

Nonviolence is not the same as "not doing anything." In fact, the opposite is true: Nonviolent solutions to conflict always entail doing something. Nonviolence includes things like the marches, highway blockages, and similar protests...

By: Alice Rothchild
By: Nia Eubanks-Dixon
Published: July 22, 2016

As the news cycle is dominated by the theatrics of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland and the upcoming Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, we take a look outside the convention walls to learn from grassroots organizers and activists across the country.

This multiracial 'People's Caravan' is trekking from the RNC to the DNC to condemn election-season hate...