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Posts from August 2016

By: Rick Wilson
Published: August 31, 2016

The head of the United Auto Workers was also an advocate for peace, civil rights, and the environment. 

One of my favorite parts of the Bible didn't make it into most Protestant versions. It's from Ecclesiasticus, a Jewish wisdom book along the line of Proverbs. This selection is read on All Saints' Day in some churches.

“Let us now praise famous men, and our fathers in their generation. The Lord apportioned them to great glory, his majesty from the beginning. There were those who...

Photo of an AFSC delegation visiting North Korea in May, 2015
By: Beth Hallowell
Published: August 30, 2016

Reporting on North Korea is one of the most challenging beats in the world.

It's no wonder that coverage of the DPRK tends to follow a predictable, bad-guy-versus-good-guy storyline: It's nearly impossible for most journalists to get accurate, timely information about North Korea or...

By: Alice Rothchild
By: Nia Eubanks-Dixon
Published: August 26, 2016

In April, members of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe gathered outside a North Dakota town called Cannon Ball to stop the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline. Since then, they have been joined by hundreds from other tribes, as well as allies from across the country. If completed, the pipeline would cost $3.7 billion and cover over 1,170 miles of land. Its construction would destroy native land and the pipeline could threaten the environment and water supply of millions of people.

Here’s what we’re reading to learn more:


By: Fabio Cano Gómez
Published: August 24, 2016

A look at some of the daily struggles faced by young peacemakers in one of Latin America's most violent countries.

I began working as an intern with AFSC in El Salvador at the end of 2015, the year that our country was ranked the most violent in Latin America. That year, the country witnessed a 70 percent increase in violent deaths—one of the most deadly since the height of El Salvador’s civil war in the early ’80s. According to a recent report from...

Immigrant detention separates families
By: Beth Hallowell
Published: August 23, 2016

People come to the U.S. for all sorts of reasons: Some are searching for the opportunity to build a better life, while others are seeking basic safety and human rights for themselves and their families. Yet, everyday, people who are new here and others who have lived here for most of their lives are caught in the crosshairs of an unfair and unjust immigrant detention system. In fact, federal policy mandates that Immigration and Customs Enforcement make 34,000 spaces available every day in immigration prisons. Luckily this is something we can change together. Never heard of immigrant...