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Posts from September 2017

By: Megan Schmidt
Published: September 19, 2017

This month, heads of state and government from throughout the world will descend on the United Nations for the opening of the 72nd session of the U.N. General Assembly. This year’s theme is “Focusing on People: Striving for Peace and a Decent Life for All on a Sustainable Planet.” And it’s certainly critical now given the range of global challenges we face, including an unprecedented level of humanitarian need, rising inequality and exclusion, growing climate change impacts, and increasing threats to our shared security


By: Carly Goodman
Published: September 18, 2017

A recent Harvard study of online media and social media coverage of the 2016 election contains some alarming insights for those of us working for immigrant rights and to build more inclusive communities: Negative coverage of immigration and Muslims dominated. 

Working with a large open data set, researchers found that during the 2016 election, Donald Trump’s campaign succeeded in shaping media and social media coverage of his core issues on his terms, linking immigrants and Muslims to crime and fear. On social...

By: Lucy Duncan
Published: September 18, 2017

Chris Crass is a longtime organizer, educator, and writer working to build powerful working class-based, feminist, multiracial movements for collective liberation.  He is a one of the leading voices in the country calling for and supporting white people to work for racial justice. He joined with white anti-racist leaders around the country to help launch the national anti-racist network Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ), which works in white communities for racial justice.  Rooted in his Unitarian Universalist faith he works with congregations, seminaries, and religious and...

By: Nia Eubanks-Dixon
Published: September 15, 2017

The last few weeks have seen catastrophic natural disasters – from Hurricanes Irma and Harvey to wildfires in the Pacific Northwest, an earthquake in Mexico, and devastating flooding in South Asia. Here’s what we’re reading to learn more.


1. Season of smoke, by Naomi Klein via The Intercept


Published: September 13, 2017

Photos: IBIS Productions

By Milca Kouame

My name Milca Kouame, and I live in Newark, New Jersey. My father was deported in 2007, when I was seven years old, leaving me, my mother, and my younger brother behind.

Because of this incident, we started working with AFSC, which gave me knowledge about immigration policy in the U.S. and its injustices. Soon I became an advocate for children of deported parents, making speeches to lawmakers about the effects that deportation have...