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Posts from June 2017

Ingrid at Mountain View Friends Meeting with her son
By: Lucy Duncan
Published: June 9, 2017

I spoke with Ingrid Latorre soon after she was granted a temporary stay of deportation after being taken in Sanctuary by the Mountain View Friends Meeting in Denver. Jenn Piper, AFSC’s Interfaith Immigrant Organizer joined us to translate and added her perspective as well. - Lucy

Take Action: Tell ICE to keep Ingrid home.

Lucy Duncan: Ingrid, thank you very much, it's wonderful to meet...

By: Mary Zerkel
Published: June 9, 2017

A new AFSC project helps allies develop skills to stand with Muslims against hate and fear. 

The dozens of people who showed up for our Communities Against Islamophobia workshop in Philadelphia last spring did not know quite what to expect. My colleagues—Dina El-Rifai and Gabriel Camacho—and I were facilitating the session, and among the participants were teachers and professors, social workers, local activists, and Quakers.

“Let’s break into groups,” I said after a short introduction. “Turn to the people around you, and talk to each other about commonly held...

By: Mati Gomis-Perez
Published: June 6, 2017

I moved to Jerusalem in 2003 and lived for the first two years in Beit Hanina, a neighborhood located in the North of the city on the way to Ramallah.  The house I lived in was literally next to the Ar-Rum checkpoint which made the surroundings quite “lively”, to say the least, and a bit “messy” to be generous.  My landlord, an old, gentle, blue-eyed Palestinian man took good care of me and helped me in navigating the intricacies of being a young, single, foreign white woman in Palestinian land.  The checkpoint was removed a couple of years later and I no longer live in that house, but I...

By: Mike Merryman-Lotze
Published: June 5, 2017

This week marks 50 years since the Six-Day War in 1967, when Israel occupied the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, Gaza, and the Syrian Golan.

Over the past 50 years, Israel's occupation has entrenched a deeply abusive system of inequality and injustice that denies Palestinians their basic rights. More than 40 percent of Palestinian men have been imprisoned over the course of the occupation. Nearly 50,000 Palestinian homes have been destroyed since 1967.  Torture, beatings, detention without trial, assassination, displacement, dispossession, movement restrictions, limited access...

By: Carly Goodman
Published: June 5, 2017

Immigrant rights activists and other experts often complain that the immigration system is “broken” and needs to be reformed. But research suggests that this language can backfire. Focusing only on the problems – especially when it comes to complicated policies – shuts people down, makes them feel hopeless, and ends conversations. Instead of critiquing the system as broken, talk about what should be done to fix it and take action yourself.

Here’s why you shouldn’t say the system is broken:

  • Reason #1: It makes people feel hopeless....


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