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Posts from November 2017

By: Christina Elcock
Published: November 21, 2017

Denise Altvater serves as Coordinator as the Wabanaki Youth Program in Maine. She has created a supportive web of connection and communication in a region where Native Communities have been isolated and abused. With her leadership, the American Friends Service Committee's Wabanaki Program (Maine) was instrumental in developing the first Truth and Reconciliation commission between a sovereign Tribal nation and a U.S. state and she recently has become focused on offering decolonization workshops for faith communities. Christina Elcock and Lucy Duncan open up a conversation with...

By: Carly Goodman
Published: November 21, 2017

Watch the video above to hear Beth Hallowell, AFSC's communications research director, discusses how to engage potential allies at your holiday dinner table.  Her presentation draws on the messaging study that AFSC conducted, which showed that two messages are most likely to move people to action against...

By: Brant Rosen
Published: November 13, 2017

Memorials take many forms - some are grand and iconic like the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in DC while others exude power through their very simplicity.  During my trip Gaza last month, I noticed a series of colorful concrete benches placed along the beachfront as we traveled north along the coast from Rafah to Gaza City. My AFSC colleague Ali Albari noted the Arabic words on the backs of each bench, pointing out that each one bore the name of a Palestinian city or town that was forcibly depopulated by Zionist militias in 1948/49.


By: Jonnelle Rodriguez
Published: November 10, 2017

This week, state and local elections were held across the country. Here’s a look at some of the issues that dominated the races, and what that means for communities working for justice.


If you care about ending mass incarceration, look at what Philadelphia just did, by German Lopez via Vox


By: Carly Goodman
Published: November 8, 2017

Lately it seems that we are inundated with false, misleading, and harmful information, especially online. Researchers have called this “information pollution” because it is a problem that goes beyond so-called “fake news,” rumors, and conspiracy theories. And the false, harmful information we see so often can deepen divisions between people, fuel hatred, and undermine work that our communities are doing to create a more peaceful world. 

While the problem of information pollution...