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Mar 7, 2015

What are you willing to risk to bring about equality?   (National Catholic Reporter)
The National Catholic Reporter reflects on the legacy of James Reeb, an AFSC staff member who was killed for participating in the march from Selma to Montgomery.
Palestinian women speak in Omaha of horrors back home   (
In Omaha, young Palestinians speak out about the impacts of the occupation on their daily lives during the first stop on a speaking tour organized by AFSC.

Mar 6, 2015

Selma: Experienced as a Child, Remembered as an Adult   (Huffington Post)
On the 50th Anniversary of the march in Selma, Sophia Bracy-Harris reflects on the march, the movement, and the role of AFSC's Family Aid Fund.

Mar 5, 2015

Boycott Posters Offer History Lesson for Des Moines   (WHO Channel 13)
“Boycott! The Art of Economic Activism” poster exhibition teaches Des Moines residents about the powerful history of boycotts.

Mar 4, 2015

Chipping away at a 'militarized' system   (Real Change News)
AFSC's Dustin Washington and others criticize policing in communities of color.

Mar 3, 2015

N. Korean U.N. envoy's Philly visit nixed amid escalating tensions   (Philadelphia Daily News)
A historic visit to Philadelphia from North Korean Ambassadors was cancelled. AFSC has worked with cooperatives farms in North Korea since 1997, and was set to host the Ambassadors.
What Works, What Doesn't to Counter Extremism: It's Not More of the Same   (Truthout)
In this op ed, AFSC's Aura Kanegis and Kerri Kennedy explain why we must prioritize investing in peace building rather than militarism to address the root causes of violent extremism.

Mar 2, 2015

Peace and Planet: The Wind and Rain of Nuclear Weapons Abolition   (Truthout)
AFSC's Joseph Gerson calls for activists to redouble efforts to eliminate nuclear weapons whose detonation could end all life as we know it

Mar 1, 2015

Anti-Israel divestment push gains traction at US colleges   (AP)
Colleges and universities across the country are taking up the issue of divesting from companies that profit from the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territory.
A Powerful Hope   (Friends Journal)
Phil Lord, clerk of the board of AFSC, reflects on the Nobel Peace Laureates Summit in Rome.

Feb 28, 2015

Secret assassination and its aftermath   (Contra Costa Times)
AFSC's Stephen McNeil talks about the human costs of drone warfare and unchecked military interventions across the globe.

Feb 27, 2015

Victor Ochen: 1st Ugandan Nobel peace prize nominee   (World Bulletin)
In 1947 AFSC accepted a Nobel Peace Prize on behalf of Quakers worldwide. In 2015, they continue to nominate others who are carrying on the work of global peace-building.
Bill that would ban local LGBT anti-discrimination actions called ‘dead’   (Charleston Gazette)
Activists across West Virginia successfully postpone a bill that would ban local anti-discrimination policies in the state.

Feb 26, 2015

From IDP camp to Nobel Peace Prize nominee   (Daily Monitor)
AFSC nominates Victor Ochen for a Nobel Peace Prize for his work with the African Youth Initiative Network.

Feb 25, 2015

Chief reports traffic stop race disparity   (U-T San Diego )
A new report details a disturbing trend of disproportionate stops and searches for African American and Latino drivers.
Judge’s ruling a roadblock to immigration reform   (Des Moines Register)
In this op ed, AFSC's Sandra Sanchez explains the problems with a Federal Judge's efforts to block President Obama's executive order on immigration.

Feb 24, 2015

Michigan pays law firm to help prisoners sue   (USA Today)
Michigan will approve state funding to provide legal support for prisoners. AFSC's Peter Martel explains the barriers prisoners face when bringing legal action.

Feb 23, 2015

How to go to jail: The surprisingly robust genre of prison survival guides   (Slate)
With massive prison expansion comes a growing body of prison writing. AFSC's Survival in Solitary manual helps people in solitary confinement maintain health and sanity.

Feb 20, 2015

Pentagon's Disclosure of Looming Offensive On Mosul Raises Concerns Over Civilian Impact   (Common Dreams)
As U.S. and Iraqi forces prepare for a spring offensive against ISIS combatants, analysts warn that increased militarism will exacerbate an already violent situation.

Feb 19, 2015

American Friends Service Committee 'deeply disturbed' over Texas court ruling blocking immigration executive action   (Providence Journal)
A Federal Judge in Texas effectively halts Obama's executive order on immigration.

Feb 18, 2015

The March For Campaign Finance Reform Has Only Just Begun   (
"New Hampshire Rebellion" marchers protest Citizens United and learn bird-dogging skills from AFSC.
Immigration Reform: While Courts Battle Executive Action, State Laws For Undocumented Immigrants Face New Threats   (International Business Times)
Nationally and locally, immigrant rights activists win major victories but now face legislative and judicial pushback.

Feb 17, 2015

Obama to Congress: Rubber-Stamp My Perpetual War   (Truthout)
President Obama seeks a new Aurhtorization for Use of Military Force for ongoing military action in Iraq and Syria.
Right-to-Work debated again   (Union Leader)
AFSC's Arnie Alpert speaks out against New Hampshire legislation that undermines workers' ability to form a union.
Activists Can’t Stop the Youth Detention Center. So What Now?   (Seattle Weekly)
As plans to build a controversial youth detention center move forward, AFSC's Dustin Washington voices disappointment but vows to continue the struggle against the prison industrial complex.

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