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Posts from May 2019

Published: May 16, 2019

For years, the American Friends Service Committee has joined other organizations in calling for a ban on drone warfare. The United States’ use of lethal drones has killed thousands of people – including hundreds of children – and displaced countless others. Instead of making the U.S. safer, drones have undermined efforts to end conflict and build stability and viable economies in countries around the world.

Since the start of the U.S. “war on terror” in 2001, drone warfare has grown as U.S. military operations have expanded beyond Afghanistan and Iraq. A significant portion of U.S....

By: Nia Eubanks-Dixon
Published: May 14, 2019

AFSC’s “We Are Not At-Risk” campaign has inspired individuals and organizations to examine – and change – the language they use.

“Words create worlds!”

This was stated so clearly by one of the 20 young people who took part in AFSC’s Youth in Action (YIA) gathering in Nairobi, Kenya in the spring of 2018. As part of this global youth network, young leaders from around the world had come together for a week-long training on racism, colonialism, imperialism, and youth organizing.

One common theme kept coming up throughout the week – the ways that words have been...

By: Jennifer Bing
Published: May 7, 2019

One of my favorite stories that Palestinian writer Ahmed Abu Artema told during his recent speaking tour in the U.S. was how he was influenced by the strength of women. Ahmed spoke about seeing women in Gaza risking curfews to bring food to neighbors and directly confronting Israeli soldiers during his youth. He talked about learning about the bravery of nonviolent resistance from Rachel Corrie, a U.S. volunteer in his childhood hometown of Rafah, who was killed by an Israeli army bulldozer while trying to protect a Palestinian family’s home.

And he talked about volunteer paramedic...

By: Jody Mashek
Published: May 3, 2019

I’ve worked for the American Friends Service Committee in Des Moines, Iowa since 2008, providing legal services to hundreds of immigrants and refugees every year. Last fall, I traveled to the U.S.-Mexico border as a volunteer to help migrants understand their legal rights and their options for seeking asylum in the United States.   

As an advocate, I knew what was going on at the border, but it didn’t compare to what I saw with my own eyes – and heard directly from people seeking safety in our country.