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Posts from January 2019

Lucy Border
By: Mila Hamilton
By: Mila Hamilton
By: Lucy Duncan
Published: January 24, 2019

This is a poem Lucy read as part of the interfaith service on Dec. 9th which prepared participants for the Dec. 10th "Love knows no borders: A moral call for migrant justice" action in San Diego.  

Standing at the border fence in Tijuana

Construction workers hide their faces while making it higher

The wall is built abutting a shrine and inches from a family’s house

Even the trees spread their branches trying to stand in the way

As they build this new wall, a deep tear in the land


Lori head shot
By: Sophia Perlmutter
Published: January 22, 2019

Lori Fernald Khamala is the director of the North Carolina Immigrant Rights Program for the American Friends Service Committee and also serves as the coordinator of AFSC’s Sanctuary Everywhere initiative. One aspect of this initiative is our Sanctuary Spaces project, in which AFSC highlights non-traditional examples of sanctuary spaces that are created by and for targeted communities. 

Sophia Perlmutter: What work do you do for social change? 

Lori Fernald Khamala...

By: Kathryn Johnson
Published: January 18, 2019

Last week, I joined other immigrant, progressive, faith and civil rights leaders on Capitol Hill to bring the voices of tens of thousands of AFSC supporters and others who signed petitions calling on Congress to reject money for Trump’s wall and deadly immigration force. We stood united in our message to re-open the government without funding the wall.


The petition delivery came as the government shutdown entered its 20th day. Senate...

Published: January 17, 2019

On behalf of Americans Friends Service Committee worldwide, we send our heartfelt condolences to the families that lost their loved ones and all those that were affected in the recent senseless attacks at DusitD4 Hotel on 14 Riverside Drive in Nairobi. Our prayers are with you as you go through these difficult times. We pray for full recovery.

As a peacebuilding organization, we are appalled by these abhorrent acts of terror that lead to loss of life and injuries. In renouncing war and violence, we embrace the transforming power of love and the power of nonviolence as we strive for...

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...


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