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"Quaker Action," fall 2014

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Lobbying for an end to the immigrant detention bed quota. Read about corporate profits from immigration detention policiesPhoto: AFSC

Holding corporations to account

A commitment to shared wellbeing and the common good drives AFSC to hold corporations to account for their actions. The same is true for governments under the influence of major corporations.

Communities in Southeast Asia, Arizona, Colorado, New Hampshire, and Iowa—and many other regions served by AFSC—are inviting corporate and government actors to take a moral stand. By raising people’s awareness of the issues, and speaking to the light in each person, AFSC and our partners challenge everyone to engage in practices that benefit the whole community. 

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Who profits from oppression?

Profits can drive people away from the standards of justice and moral behavior required to create and sustain peace. How do communities hold corporate and government leaders accountable when their practices inflict harm?

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Paying for a militarized border

Who pays the price of border militarization? 

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Stopping prison privatization

National attention on immigration reform is raising questions about the private-prison industry. With prison profiteers in the spotlight, organizations like AFSC have an opportunity to change the narrative around mass incarceration and immigrant detention.

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Governing under the influence [infographic]

 See how money spent on lobbying affects policy, profits, and the rest of the world.

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Asian companies invest in peace

The social and environmental impact of rapid development in some Southeast Asian countries has led to displacement, violence, and even civil war. When foreign investors engage in dialogue with local communities, their actions can contribute to conditions for peace, instead of conflict.

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Publishers of the truth

Early staffers of AFSC’s National Action/Research on the Military Industrial Complex (NARMIC) took inspiration from John Woolman on their quest to educate the public about U.S. complicity in the Vietnam War.

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News from around AFSC

New film shows how Burundian communities are rebuilding after war. St. Louis students are transforming violence. Quakers connect over social justice issues at annual gathering. 

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You just have to be human: Resisting apartheid & occupation

Dalit Baum, AFSC’s Director of Economic Activism writes about the passbook system in South Africa and the ID system in Israel, both established to control, segregate, and limit movement. Boycotts and divestment are one way to take a moral stand against and resist the practices of companies benefitting from the oppression of a targeted group.

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"Quaker Action," fall 2014 (PDF)

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