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Posts from November 2017

By: Carly Goodman
Published: November 29, 2017

1. Don’t retweet him.

Recently, Trump retweeted anti-Muslim videos posted by a hate group. It was so outrageous that media picked it up as a story, and many people were upset, correctly noting that the president’s posts perpetuated Islamophobia and could feed violence and hatred against Muslim people. But the problem is that by reposting the president’s tweets, the media and social media only amplified their messages, bringing the images into millions of people’s feeds.

Retweeting or Facebook-sharing a harmful post only highlights it, making it more likely to stick in...

By: Saurav Upadhyay
Published: November 29, 2017

After a devastating earthquake in Nepal, TPS helped my family and friends move forward.  

Editor's note: This blog post was updated on Feb. 2, 2018.

Editor's note: Take action to save Temporary Protected Status by contacting Congress today.

A little past midnight on April 25, 2015, I was woken up by loud banging on my bedroom door. It was my roommate. “Nepal just got struck by an earthquake,” he said shakily in Nepali. I grabbed my cell phone from...

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: Mary Zerkel
Published: November 15, 2017

Here are six tips to effectively counteract anti-Muslim rhetoric in your conversations.  

It’s that time of year to get your game together for holidays with friends and family—and potentially awkward or inflammatory conversations about current events.

AFSC’s Communities Against Islamophobia project trains people to recognize anti-Muslim racism and develop strategies to stop it. In our workshops, attendees...