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AFSC Alumni Newsletter Summer Issue (2019)

We got a photo of most of the Philly staff who have been at AFSC for 20-plus years.

Welcome to the summer issue of the AFSC Alumni Newsletter! We launched the Alumni Network less than a year ago, and today we have more than 1,600 members. Thank you to everyone who has joined and sent us updates on your lives.  

Please continue to invite others to our network, remember to share your own updates with us and join our growing Facebook group! Need an easy way to join AFSC’s Alumni Network? Text ALUMNI to 91990.

With deep appreciation,
Tonya Histand
Alumni Director

Alumni news & notes
This tribute to AFSC's Bal Pinguel was recently published in Bantayog, a chronicle of the Filipino people's struggle against tyranny and oppression. Bal, who passed away in 2017, had served as AFSC’s director of Peacebuilding and Demilitarization.

In this Nation article “How do we build resistance before disaster strikes?,” former AFSC staffer Angela Berryman talks about how organizers found a new way to fight injustice 35 years ago that holds lessons for today.  

Margery Swett Walker spent two years as co-director of AFSC's community development program in Lima, Peru from 1963 to 1965. She died on June 12 in Hanover, New Hampshire. 

Betty Hutchinson, who passed away in May, was deeply involved with AFSC as a Middle Atlantic Region committee member and volunteer. She also served as the interim Davis House director in Washington, D.C. and was on the national board. 

Roger Way spent more than two years in rural China doing relief work with AFSC. He then went on to become a world-renowned apple breeder. He died last month at 100.    

Former AFSC staffer George Lakey has a new book on nonviolent direct-action campaigning.

Do you have news to share? Email us today!

Archive dive
Eighty years ago, a small Quaker school in Iowa took in refugees fleeing the Nazis after AFSC suggested the idea.   

After hearing about the murder of civil rights activist and AFSC staffer James Reeb 50 years ago, journalists spent four years uncovering details of the case and may have solved it.

AFSC today
AFSC’s Prison Watch program was instrumental in the passage of a bill to limit the use of solitary confinement in New Jersey prison and jails, which was recently signed into law by Gov. Phil Murphy.  

On July 2, AFSC joined with other human rights organizations and communities across the U.S. in #ClosetheCamps protests to demand the closure of immigrant detention centers.

For more than 30 years, AFSC’s Arnie Alpert has been working to abolish New Hampshire's death penalty. Last month, he was able call the state’s death penalty "history."  

More ways to connect with AFSC

Thank you for reading our AFSC Alumni Newsletter! To learn more about our Alumni Network and connect with former friends and colleagues, visit our webpage and Facebook group. You can also email me questions and suggestions.