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Posts from May 2019

By: Jennifer Bing
Published: May 31, 2019

During our monthlong U.S. tour with Gaza nonviolence activist Ahmed Abu Artema, I was reminded how many people stand with Palestinians – and are struggling for freedom for all.

One of the last things Ahmed Abu Artema told me before he boarded his Chicago flight back to the Middle East was that his tour in the United States restored his “faith in humanity.” AFSC had brought Ahmed to speak to audiences for our “Hashtags to Headlines: the Great March of Return” tour, which reached thousands of people in cities across the U.S. and many, many more online.  

In these challenging...

By: Arnie Alpert
Published: May 31, 2019

When New Hampshire’s new attorney general announced his desire to change the state’s method of execution from hanging to lethal injection, New Hampshire Quakers said they were appalled at the notion. When the state deliberately kills a human being, they said in a letter to Governor John H. Sununu, “it tends to foster a general disrespect for life and sets a poor example for others who may be tempted to kill or inflict harm for revenge or punishment.” 

The letter, approved at a gathering of New Hampshire Friends and signed by Marian Baker as presiding clerk, encouraged legislators to...

Published: May 22, 2019

Aisha, 90, is one of the seniors in Gaza who receive medicine and other assistance, thanks to a campaign organized by AFSC with funding from our supporters.  

After more than a decade under an Israeli-imposed blockade, more than 80 percent of Palestinians in Gaza depend on aid to survive – and the elderly are especially vulnerable. (Learn more about efforts to provide medicine, hygiene items, and other products seniors need to maintain their dignity).  

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By: Debbie Southorn
Published: May 21, 2019

Over spring break, a small group of Black, Latinx, and Arab youth from Chicago – most of whom have been involved in the No Cop Academy campaign – took part in our first-ever “Demil School” at Assata’s Daughters headquarters. Together with leadership and funding from the War Resisters League, AFSC offered workshops to help young people explore the role of militarism and the military industrial complex in our lives and communities.  

It was an exciting,...

By: Mike Merryman-Lotze
Published: May 17, 2019

As we help seniors meet their basic needs today, we continue to push for political change to end the blockade and the occupation.

Earlier this year, AFSC launched a humanitarian appeal to raise funds to aid elderly Gaza residents. Many of you have already responded, and we’re grateful for your support to provide seniors with the resources they need.    

And the need is great. After more than a decade under an Israeli-imposed blockade, more than 80 percent of Palestinians in Gaza depend on aid to...

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