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Posts from May 2018

Dina with #SanctuaryEverywhere sign
By: Dina El-Rifai
Published: May 22, 2018

The month of Ramadan unites Muslims all around the world in learning patience and strength in times of adversity while centering ourselves in resilience and hope and surrendering ourselves to God through detachment from worldly desires. 

Muslims around the world are also united through our experiences with systems that continue to demonize all who fit its racialized construction of what it means to be Muslim and the consequences of the “war on terror.” 

For many Muslims like me, it is increasingly difficult to focus our energy on celebrating this holy month, look deep within...

AFSC staff walking between beds of rice seedlings at an AFSC partner farm north of Pyongyang, North Korea.
By: Beth Hallowell
Published: May 8, 2018

With North Korea in the news lately, we are seeing media coverage focus on high-level officials and diplomacy. But there is a whole side to the country that we often don’t see, even now: Ordinary people leading their lives.

Learning about North Korea and how to talk about its history, its people, and its place in the world is a critical step in building peace and undoing the fear that many in the U.S. feel about this unknown and not well-understood country--and...

By: Chia-Chia Wang
Published: May 4, 2018

Communities across the country are taking part in “Jericho walks” to call for an end to detention and deportation.    

On May 3, people across the country joined a National Day of Action against detention and deportation. Starting at the same time across time zones, community members in at least nine cities took part in a peaceful action known as the “Jericho walk” at Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) offices and other...

By: Christina Elcock
Published: May 3, 2018

Joshua Saleem is the program director of the AFSC Peace Building program in St. Louis. All programming is centered around helping young people understand their own power to change systems. He provides sanctuary by partnering with schools to help students build peace and go deeper into social justice issues at their school, understanding internalized racism and how it affects schooling. 

The program also holds AFSC Freedom Schools twice a year with two to four-day workshops where young people get a deeper and clearer understanding of what racism is and how it impacts...