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Posts from January 2019

By: Amy Gottlieb
Published: January 11, 2019

Exactly a year ago, I sat in a cold conference room as a stone-faced senior official with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) told my husband Ravi Ragbir that he was being detained. Ravi’s lawyer and I desperately tried to convince the officer not to detain Ravi – there were still legal avenues we were pursuing to prevent his deportation. But the officer just became more aggressive, and Ravi was handcuffed and escorted out.

Ravi fainted, and was taken in handcuffs to a local...

Oskar 2
By: Sophia Perlmutter
Published: January 10, 2019

This is the first of a series of short interviews with Quakers who have worked or currently work closely with AFSC. Oskar Pierre Castro is the Philadelphia coordinator for Quaker Voluntary Service.  Oskar previously served as coordinator of AFSC’s  National Youth and Militarism Program. He now serves on AFSC's Board Program Committee and the Board Community Equality and Justice Committee.

Sophia: What does being a Quaker mean to you?

Oskar: Being a Quaker for me...

By: Kathryn Johnson
Published: January 7, 2019

Since mid-October, a caravan of migrants has been traveling north from Central America. The group includes people of all ages, including families and children – many of whom are escaping violence and poverty and seeking asylum in the U.S. and Mexico. 

But instead of responding with compassion and humanity, President Trump is portraying migrants as a security threat. And he’s using the caravan to stir up xenophobia and advance his anti-immigrant agenda, from detaining families to further...

Published: January 7, 2019

Throughout our history, AFSC has stayed true to our belief that there is “that of God” in every human being. Because of that, we have stood with communities facing oppression and violence around the world, opposing such evils as segregation, collective punishment and incarceration, colonization, economic exploitation, and genocide.

We now continue our legacy of speaking truth to power in Israel, the occupied Palestinian territory, and around the world. We see our economic activism as a nonviolent witness against injustice. 

That's why...

Published: January 3, 2019

In 2008, the American Friends Service Committee was critical in leading an effort to declare Washington, D.C. a Human Rights City. Last month marked the 10th anniversary of that effort. 

In honor of this milestone, AFSC's D.C. Peace and Economic Justice Program organized a Human Rights Week of Action from Dec. 10 to 14.

This week began on International Human Rights Day (Dec. 10) and concluded with a community open house at ONE D.C.'s Black Workers and Wellness Center on Dec. 14. 

The open house...