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Posts from April 2017

By: Nia Eubanks-Dixon
Published: April 28, 2017

April 29 marks the first 100 days of Donald Trump's presidency. In that time we've seen an expansion of wars abroad, a crackdown on immigrants and refugees, threats to the environment, education, and public services. We've also seen huge protests and new resistance movements. Here's what we're reading to learn more:


Women will fight Trump's agenda for the next 100 days, too, by Alicia Garza and Ai-jen Poo via Cosmopolitan


By: Carly Goodman
Published: April 27, 2017

This post was updated on January 4, 2019, to reflect recent events.

The border wall is at the heart of the current government shutdown, despite significant opposition to the idea.

The construction of the wall would be a human rights disaster. The existing militarization of the U.S.-Mexico border has already contributed to the deaths of thousands of migrants fleeing violence and poverty. Further militarization would not only cause further harm to migrants, it would also exacerbate the degradation...

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By: Beth Hallowell
Published: April 18, 2017

Moving people to take action on the issues that matter takes sharp, focused messages that are grounded in shared values, as the Opportunity Agenda shows in their report, Vision, Values, Voice. Time and time again, research has shown that facts by themselves don't inspire people to change their behavior or their thinking. Instead, what listeners need to...

By: Erica Chenoweth
Published: April 14, 2017

It would be easy to become skeptical about the viability and efficacy of nonviolent resistance in the age of Trump. But this would be to ignore a number of incredibly hopeful trends.

The fact is that armed insurrection is becoming less and less common—and less and less effective. The fact is that more people around the world are turning to nonviolent resistance than at any time in recorded human history. We are witness to ongoing people power movements in Hungary, Turkey, Ecuador, Zimbabwe,...

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By: Melissa Lee
Published: April 14, 2017

AFSC's museum exhibit, "Waging Peace: 100 Years of Action," is now in its last week at the African-American Museum of Philadelphia. Melissa Lee, AFSC communications fellow, shares some of her favorite parts the exhibit.

To purchase tickets or to see upcoming dates, visit our exhibit webpage


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