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Posts from July 2016

Sign holder at Black Lives Matter protest
By: Greg Elliott
Published: July 21, 2016

There is a lot of conversation going on in racial justice circles about the role of white folks in racial justice work, and there are a lot of different perspectives on the matter. One important question that has emerged is not simply, “What should white people do for racial justice?” but, “How should white people understand and think about their/our role in racial justice movements?” This goes beyond encouraging white folks to take action, though that is essential. Instead, it’s about creating a collective understanding of how and why it is in the shared...

By: Debbie Southorn
Published: July 21, 2016

AFSC's Humanize Not Militarize youth film festival premieres in Washington, D.C. this weekend. 

This weekend, youth activists and filmmakers from six U.S. cities will convene in Washington, D.C. and Baltimore for the Humanize Not Militarize Youth Film Festival and gathering. The young people attending created videos on a range of issues affecting their everyday lives—from gentrification in their cities to the school-to-prison pipeline, from police violence to the inhumane treatment of immigrants...

By: George Lakey
Published: July 20, 2016

Not since the nineteen sixties have I seen within the U.S. a greater need for, and opportunity to serve with, the Quaker visionary impulse. 

The seventeenth century was another such a time. William Penn was one of the most famous visionaries, proposing a parliament of nations for Europe, while Germantown Quakers proposed the abolition of slavery. The visionary impulse shows up again and again, famously with Lucretia Mott’s feminism in the tumultuous mid-nineteenth century and the AFSC’s Speak Truth to Power...

By: Alice Rothchild
By: Nia Eubanks-Dixon
Published: July 20, 2016

NJ families affected by U.S. immigration policies bring their stories to Washington, D.C. 

Ruthie Jablonsky and Diana Levy

AFSC’s Immigrant Rights Program in Newark, New Jersey works to achieve policies that respect the rights and dignity of all immigrants. Through advocacy and organizing, the program ensures that immigrant voices are heard in policy debates and in the national conversation about immigration issues....

MSNBC covers hostage crisis in Dhaka, Bangladesh
By: Beth Hallowell
Published: July 19, 2016

This convention season, who is covering the aftermath of major attacks in Iraq, Turkey, Bangladesh, and Saudi Arabia?

Not surprisingly, the answer is "basically no one." For all of the talk that we will hear about U.S. foreign policy, extremism, and "safety" this week at the RNC in Cleveland and next week at the DNC here in Philly, we're not expecting much substantive coverage of the attacks that have rocked so much of the world outside of the U.S. and Europe over the past three weeks. That's because major...