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The American Friends Service Committee is a Quaker organization that promotes lasting peace with justice, as a practical expression of faith in action. Drawing on continuing spiritual insights and working with people of many backgrounds, we nurture the seeds of change and respect for human life that transform social systems.

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Apr 23, 2015
Civil Disobedience Necessary to Protect Victims of Police Brutality, Says Activist
(The Real News Network)
AFSC's Dominique Stevenson talks to the Real News Network about why she decided to cross the police line at a protest over the death of Freddie Grey.
Apr 22, 2015
Opinion: Challenging the Nuclear Powers’ Extremism
(InterPress News Service)
In this op ed, AFSC's Disarmament Coordinator Joseph Gerson speaks out about the importance of this year's Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty Review Conference and the dangers nuclear weapons pose to our planet.
Apr 22, 2015
Failed economic ideas still able to harm people
(Charleston Gazette)
AFSC's Rick Wilson asks tough questions about the effectiveness of the free market at creating jobs or bringing prosperity to local economies.
Apr 21, 2015
House and Senate Conferring to Come Up with One Really Problematic Federal Budget
(Nonprofit Quarterly)
As Congress releases a troubling budget plan, AFSC's Kansas City program engages communities in a listening project to find out where people believe federal dollars should be spent.
Apr 21, 2015
Peace group seeks participants for rally against nuclear weapons Sunday in New York City
Local peace activists travel to New York City to take part in a rally against nuclear weapons on the occasion of a United Nations session on the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.
Apr 19, 2015
Wage increases at Wal-Mart, McDonald's could spark trend across the board for other employers
(Union Leader)
Advocates for a $15/hour minimum wage see small gains meet with some success as some corporations commit to small wage increases.
Apr 17, 2015
Hillary Clinton Offers Little To Make New Impression in Iowa
As presidential hopefuls traverse Iowa, AFSC's Kevin Rutledge and other Iowa residents push candidates to articulate their positions on corporate spending and the military budget.
Apr 17, 2015
King Coal is Dead! Long Live King Coal!
(West Virginia Public Radio)
AFSC's Rick Wilson talks to Public Radio about the problems with a coal-based economy and puts forward ideas about what is needed for a sustainable economy in West Virginia.
Apr 16, 2015
Will the U.S. Get Serious Now About Eliminating Its Own Nukes?
(Foreign Policy in Focus)
In this op ed, AFSC's Joseph Gerson, along with Jaqueline Cabasso and Kevin Martin, explains why now is the time for a serious push towards nuclear disarmament.
Apr 16, 2015
Working and on welfare: NH tops
(Union Leader)
A new study reveals that New Hampshire tops the list for the portion of its public assistance funding that goes to working families. Advocates point to the need to raise the minimum wage.
Apr 15, 2015
"Listening Project" Reveals Deep Concerns about Federal Budget
(Public News Service)
AFSC meets with Kansas City leaders to find out how those who serve local communities feel about how their federal tax dollars are spent.
Apr 8, 2015
MLK's Call to Honor Peace, Justice and Our Planet Still Challenges Us
In this op ed, AFSC's Joseph Gerson--along with Jaqueline Cabasso and Kevin Martin--situate the current struggle to abolish nuclear weapons within Martin Luther King, Jr.'s denunciation of racism, materialism, and militarism.
Apr 7, 2015
Governing "Under the Influence" of Pentagon Contractors
(Public News Service)
There's no shortage of lawmakers calling for more military spending, but a security expert says New Hampshire and the nation would be better served by focusing on the real needs of Americans.
Apr 5, 2015
Boycott, Divest and Sanction Corporations That Feed on Prisons
Activists call for boycotts of companies profiting from prison expansion.
Apr 4, 2015
Policy analyst to speak on weapons proliferation and military
(Concord Monitor)
William Hartung, director of Arms and Security Project at the Center for International Policy, joins AFSC for a speaking tour on weapons proliferation and the military-industrial complex.
Apr 4, 2015
Anthony, N.M., farm training organic farmers of the future for local food network
(El Paso Times)
The Sol y Tierra Growers farm trains farmers on sustainable practices, promotes access to healthy food, and boosts the local economy.
Apr 1, 2015
Republican Budget Cuts In New Hampshire Provoke Backlash From Clergy
(Think Progress)
An interfaith coalition in New Hampshire calls New Hampshire's state budget proposal "immoral."
Mar 30, 2015
6 Ways to Get Big Money Out of Politics
(Huffington Post)
Ben Cohen urges the public to follow AFSC's lead to ask presidential candidates tough questions about corporate influence over public policy.
Mar 30, 2015
Who Are the Nuclear Scofflaws?
(Time Magazine)
Many nations, including the U.S., continue to flout the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty. The mobilization for Peace and Planet hopes to change that.
Mar 30, 2015
Christie Turns Back on NJ Immigrants in Bid for GOP Right, Critics Contend
(NJ Spotlight)
Immigrant rights groups speak out as Governor Christie tries to block President Obama's immigration reforms.
Mar 30, 2015
Immigration Reform: The Drawbacks of E-Verify
(New York Times)
AFSC's Immigration Programs Coordinator, Gabe Camacho's op-ed on the drawbacks of E-Verify published in New York Times.
Mar 30, 2015
NH voters train to become political bird dogs
(Boston Globe)
AFSC teaches ways to frame pointed questions and buttonhole presidential hopefuls who visit Granite State.
Mar 26, 2015
Privatize detention centers? Bad idea
(Concord Monitor)
Op ed by Arnie Alpert speaks out about the dangers of privatizing New Hampshire's detention centers.
Mar 25, 2015
Hey, World! Let's Create a Nuclear-Free Future
This short video shows how nuclear abolition connects deeply with struggles to end and prevent wars, increase peace, and achieve economic and environmental justice in our local communities and around the world.
Mar 24, 2015
Seattle Voices with Ariel Hart
(Seattle Voices)
Anti-racist organizer Ariel Hart discusses institutional racism, the prison industrial complex, and what young people in Seattle are doing to advocate for justice.



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