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Posts from October 2018

Published: October 31, 2018

AFSC grieves the tragic loss of 11 human lives from Saturday’s Tree of Life shooting and its far-reaching impact on Pittsburgh's communities. We also lift up those people injured from violence in the Squirrel Hill shooting and in the early morning shootings in Lincoln-Lemington, along with the hundreds of Pittsburghers impacted by gun violence every year.  

This weekend’s shootings have deep roots in racist and anti-Semitic oppression, which has been historically and systematically constructed for the purpose of division and control. We must redouble our efforts to understand and...

By: Nia Eubanks-Dixon
Published: October 30, 2018

A look at the colonialist and racist roots of the words we use to describe young people – and why that needs to change

At risk. Thugs. Illegals. There are many harmful words that people in power often use to describe communities – especially poor youth of color – around the world. 

Today, young leaders around the world are leading a campaign to build awareness and change those linguistic behaviors.

The “We Are Not at Risk” campaign calls attention to, and changes, the harmful rhetoric around youth and lift up the voices of...

By: Sophia Perlmutter
Published: October 26, 2018

“We want them to learn the process for themselves and see: I planted this seed, I watched this grow, I grew that plant, I grew my food,” said Brunisha Jones, a member of AFSC’s New Orleans Peace by Piece program. Showing young people how food is grown, where it comes from, and getting them excited about fresh vegetables are key components that make the New Orleans Hollygrove garden project thrive. Tabitha Mustafa, the Peace by Piece program associate puts it simply, she said, “I don’t think that you can heal any part of the community or neighborhood without first healing...

By: Lewis Webb, Jr.
Published: October 25, 2018

One in 13 African Americans—2.2 million people—are barred from voting because of a felony conviction.

Earlier this year, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo used his executive power to restore the right to vote to people released from prison after a felony conviction. In doing so, he boldly—and rightfully—did an end-around the State Constitution, which bars people on parole from voting, and the Republican-led state Senate, which continued to support felony disenfranchisement despite its clear,...

By: Carly Goodman
Published: October 24, 2018

The president continues to portray migrants and migration – including the families traveling here as part of migrant caravans – as a threat to the United States. Reporters, analysts, and even advocates may be unwittingly reinforcing this framing – and undermining humane treatment for all people.

Here’s how you should talk about the migrant caravan to avoid reinforcing these harmful messages: 

1.  Migrants are people who move – and they have human rights.

Always use inclusive language that doesn’t “other” migrants and that emphasizes our shared humanity and rights....