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Posts from July 2016

Ambulance and truck from attack in Nice
By: Mati Gomis-Perez
Published: July 15, 2016

As I spent some days off in my home country during the past Easter holidays in March, news of the bombings in Brussels and Lahore hit. Shortly after, already back in Jerusalem, I woke up with the news that the first group of refugees in Europe were being sent back to Turkey.   Since then, hundreds have been killed in bombings and more violence in Istanbul, Baghdad, Dhaka, Medina, and today in Nice.

The conversations in Europe as the details of the attacks in Brussels unfolded last March, did not provide much new but rather a confirmation of the same...

By: Alice Rothchild
By: Nia Eubanks-Dixon
Published: July 12, 2016

By Milca Kouame

Milca Kouame is a 16-year-old high school student who was born and raised in Newark, New Jersey. Her parents migrated to the U.S. from the Ivory Coast in the 1990s. Her father was deported when Milca was seven years old, and she has not seen him since.

This week, Milca joins other young people and advocates on an AFSC-sponsored trip to Washington, D.C., where they will share their stories with members of Congress as they call for humane and compassionate immigration reform.

Here she writes about how her father’s deportation...

Racial justice messaging in the aftermath of Freddie Gray's death
By: Beth Hallowell
Published: July 12, 2016

What should we say in the aftermath of violence?

Institutional racism is at the core of the brutal violence we all witnessed last week. It's as important to talk about that fact now as it ever was, but sometimes it's hard to know what to say or how to say it. Here are six ways that anyone can use messaging to advance racial justice:

  1. Start from shared values, emphasize instituional racism, and make sure you tailor your messages to your audience. This is just a fraction of the excellent messaging guidance from the...
By: Alice Rothchild
By: Nia Eubanks-Dixon
Published: July 8, 2016

This week, police officers shot and killed two Black men, Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and Philando Castile in Falcon Heights, Minnesota. In 2016 alone, police have killed 566 people in the United States. Protests are sweeping the nation with the demand for an end to racist police violence.

Here’s what we’re reading from powerful activists and writers across the country to help us understand our grief and anger, and continue...

Speaking tour in Iowa organized by Veterans for Peace and co-sponsored by AFSC.
By: Beth Hallowell
Published: July 5, 2016

Orlando, Dhaka, Istanbul, Baghdad, Saudi Arabia

There have been so many different acts of mass political violence in the past three weeks it's been hard to keep count. Which of these attacks were caused by which groups is still up for debate. But one thing remains the same: News outlets cover these groups, particularly ISIS, as either crazy or cunning, and sometimes both. 

Crazy or cunning? Maybe both/and?

In our recent...