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Posts from October 2017

By: Lucy Duncan
Published: October 31, 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 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...

By: Carly Goodman
Published: October 24, 2017

Over the summer, volunteers engaged hundreds of people in conversation about Gaza at ten local farmer’s markets – in California, Kentucky, Illinois, Indiana, Vermont, and Wisconsin. Using an AFSC toolkit, volunteers used a survey with a simple opening question to gauge people’s awareness about Gaza – and to spark conversation: What do you know about strawberries in Gaza?

It can be difficult to start conversations about Gaza, since many people have preconceived ideas about violence...

By: Joshua Saleem
Published: October 20, 2017

This past summer, I finally named a lingering depression that had been present for the last several years and threatened to consume my life. It caused me to withdraw from relationships and support that had previously been central to coping with life’s demands. Of course, I couldn’t name it by myself.

Along the road to getting help, it was family and friends who loved me enough to tell me the truth about ways in which they saw my life veering off course. At first their honesty and truth-telling made me uncomfortable. It caused tension in our relationship, and in the moment it...

By: Lucy Duncan
Published: October 20, 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 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 a...

By: Brant Rosen
Published: October 18, 2017

I’ve written a great deal about Gaza for over ten years but until this past week, I haven’t had the opportunity to visit in person. I’m enormously grateful for the opportunity to experience Gaza as a real living, breathing community and I’m returning home all the more committed to the movement to free Gaza from Israel’s crushing blockade – now eleven years underway with no end in sight.

For the past ten days, I’ve been attending strategic planning meetings with staff colleagues of the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) to sharpen our vision for our...

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