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Remembering Michael McConnell

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Michael McConnell served as regional director for AFSC's Great Lakes Region starting in January 1990, and in June 2012 he took on the same role for the new Midwest region. He passed away on April 7, 2013.

Michael became a passionate and creative leader in AFSC and with many partners for building our programs to challenge war and preparations for war, while lifting up alternatives. He was one of our chief thinkers and strategists for work on ending war and violent response to conflict, from developing the “Eyes Wide Open” campaign to our current F-35 campaign on military spending. He supported creative and effective programs dealing with healing justice, immigrant rights, peace, and economic justice across the region and the whole of AFSC, nurturing leadership qualities among staff and championing opportunities for young people to engage in AFSC work and gain knowledge, skills and passion for peace with justice.

Michael's legacy is deep and enduring. Collected here are the reflections of AFSC staff, including those in the Midwest region, who greatly loved Michael and will carry on his legacy.

In videos and photos: Moments with Michael
A passionate and creative leader, Michael McConnell was co-creator of "Eyes Wide Open: A Memorial...
Photo of Michael McConnell and family
Wake and memorial service
  In the week following Michael McConnell's death, hundreds of his friends, loved ones, and...
Michael McConnell
AFSC staff and allies share remembrances of Michael McConnell
Former and current staff, committee members, and AFSC allies share their memories of Michael...
Regional directors reflect on Michael McConnell's life
Keith Harvey, Regional Director of AFSC's Northeast Regional Office, compiled these remembrances of...
Media remember Michael McConnell
Michael loved seeing AFSC’s work well represented in the media, and he was a master at telling...
Michael McConnell
Michael McConnell Youth Internship Fund
Michael McConnell, longtime regional director of AFSC's programs in the Midwest who passed away...
For Michael from Ann Francis
Ann Francis, a former co-clerk of AFSC's Midwest Regional Executive Committee, shares this...

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