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Posts from October 2019

By: Wendy Barranco
Published: October 31, 2019

Note: AFSC led the "Love knows no borders" nonviolent direct action in which over 30 faith leaders were arrested on Dec. 10th, 2018. Wendy Barranco, the author of this piece, was one of the arrestees. In response to the migrant caravans and the violent response from the current administration as well as attacks on migrants including with tear gas the week before, this action called for the protection of the right to migrate and for asylum and to end the militarization of the border. On October 28th four of the arrestees, Wendy, Brittany DeBarros, Rae Abileah, and Rev. Jorge Bautista...

Hunger in War and Peace book cover
By: Peniel Ibe
By: Melissa Lee
Published: October 31, 2019

AFSC’s long, rich history holds many stories. For National Book Month, we put together a list of 15 great books that reference AFSC’s work or draw from our Archives. 

Hunger in War & Peace by Mary E. Cox focuses on the health, hunger, and inequality of civilians during and following World War I. In the postwar era (1920-24), AFSC was willing to do what others would not—to house, feed, and train people scorned as “enemies.” An estimated one million German children were fed daily by AFSC....

Middle school lunch room
By: Peniel Ibe
By: Melissa Lee
Published: October 30, 2019

This summer, the Trump administration issued a proposed rule that would eliminate SNAP food benefits for 3.1 million people. The changes to SNAP eligibility would also impact Community Eligibility Provision (CEP), which expands free breakfasts and lunches to all students in schools where 40 percent or more of students are directly certified as being low income. Under this proposed rule change, over 1 million students receiving free school meals would be affected. West Virginia has become a leader in child nutrition thanks to the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP). 

Research has...

3rd round of Gaza elders material distribution
By: Mike Merryman-Lotze
Published: October 18, 2019

When I was in Gaza last month, I traveled to Rafah to meet some of the people who benefit from AFSC’s elder support program, which provides modest assistance to impoverished elderly residents of Gaza.  While many organizations provide assistance to people in Gaza, AFSC is the only group that provides for the specific needs of the elderly. 

More than half of Gaza’s two million residents are food insecure, and over 80% of the population relies on international assistance to survive....

By: Andy Myers
Published: October 17, 2019

I’ve seen documentaries completely change people. From vowing to never go to SeaWorld again to forming organizations dedicated to cleaning up coal ash - there's something about spending an hour or two in a dark room that completely transforms someone when the lights turn on. I've been at Working Films for about 8 years. The organization is dedicated to using documentaries to advance social justice and I've seen the power these films can have on galvanizing audiences and changing the conversation. It brings stories up close and personal in...


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