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Quakers and migrant justice

Acting in Faith  |  By Lucy Duncan, Nov 2, 2015
Migrant justice protest in Denver, CO

Migrant justice protest in Denver, CO

Photo: AFSC / Denver office of AFSC

“There is no problem with immigration. Immigration is not the problem. People move. People have always moved. The problem is policies that criminalize our immigrant brothers and sisters. The problem is policies which are tearing apart families and which are not honoring the human dignity of our brothers and sisters who were born in another land.” – Lori Khamala

In this video two AFSC staff members Lori Khamala and Pedro Rios discuss the current status of migrants and immigration in this country and propose ways that Quakers can get involved to work for change. Fatima Cisse, a woman whose mother was deported when she was eleven who received assistance from AFSC's Newark office, also tells her troubling and moving story.

If you would like to get involved, here are 5 ways your meeting/church can work for migrant justice. Please pass this post along via social media and other venues.

QuakerSpeak videos showcase Quaker voices discussing core questions and issues of Quaker faith and practice. QuakerSpeak is a project of Friends Journal and AFSC has partnered with them to create two other videos, A Quaker call to action on Israel Palestine and How Quakers can help end mass incarceration.

About the Author

Lucy serves as Director of Friends Relations for AFSC. She blogs, organizes Quakers to work for justice, and has helped create AFSC's Sanctuary Everywhere stream of program work. She has been instrumental in the adaptation of Quaker social change ministry as a tool for reclaiming Spirit-guided social change work focused on companioning those most impacted by injustice. She has been a storyteller for 20 years and has worked with Quaker meetings on telling stories for racial justice and of spiritual experience.

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About Friends Relations

Lucy Duncan works with other AFSC staff to foster strong relationships between AFSC and Quakers.

Lucy is AFSC’s Director of Friends Relations. She has been a storyteller for 20 years and has worked with Quaker meetings on telling stories for racial justice and of spiritual experience. She attends Green Street Friends Meeting (PhYM) and lives with her son and partner in a Quaker cemetery.

Sophia is the Friends Relations Fellow this year who works closely with Lucy. She is a recent graduate of Guilford College where she majored in Sustainable Food Systems and Women's Gender and Sexuality Studies.