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Posts from April 2019

By: Sophia Perlmutter
Published: April 30, 2019

Nikki Richards was born in Silver Spring, Maryland and grew up in Baltimore. Before working with AFSC, she co-founded a nonprofit called the Maryland Clean Energy Jobs Initiative where she managed a campaign to increase renewable electricity and clean energy jobs in the state of Maryland. While working to pass the Clean Energy Jobs Act, Nikki served as lead fundraiser and planned dozens of fundraising events to support the campaign. The law passed in April 2019.

Nikki attended Sandy Spring Friends School for 12 years and worked for nine years as a counselor and then...

By: Joseph Gerson
Published: April 30, 2019

William Faulkner told us that “The past isn’t dead. It isn’t even past.” History may not repeat itself, but often it returns in rhyme or costume. Last year's massacre at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh and last Saturday’s shooting in Poway, California should be powerful lessons to us all that while the hatred that fueled pogroms across Eastern Europe and Russia and that fueled Hitler’s “final solution” has been largely dormant, but certainly not dead. Once again, it is inflicting a terrible toll and generating the fear that is the mother of totalitarianism.

And Jews are...

By: Sophia Perlmutter
Published: April 24, 2019

Maggie Fogarty is the co-director of AFSC’s New Hampshire Program. Her work includes organizing, coalition-building, and advocacy for immigrant rights, affordable housing, tenant and worker rights, and ending homelessness. Read part one of her interview here

Sophia: How does your social change work and Quaker faith connect? Do you see social change work being a key component of Quakerism?

Maggie: Yes...

By: Sophia Perlmutter
Published: April 19, 2019

Maggie Fogarty is the co-director of AFSC’s New Hampshire Program. Her work includes organizing, coalition-building, and advocacy for immigrant rights, affordable housing, tenant and worker rights, and ending homelessness. Read part two of her interview here

 Sophia: What work do you do for social change?

Maggie: A significant area of focus with...

By: Mike Merryman-Lotze
Published: April 19, 2019

Israel’s decision to deport the Human Rights Watch staffer is part of a broader effort to silence people speaking out for Palestinian rights. 

Earlier this week, an Israeli judge upheld a May 2017 Israeli government decision to deport Omar Shakir, Human Rights Watch Israel and Palestine director. Last year, the Israeli government revoked Omar’s visa after producing a dossier on him going back 10 years to his time as an undergraduate student and before he worked for HRW. The dossier alleged that Omar was biased and that he had supported boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS)...

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