By Lucy Duncan
Published: November 27, 2013

Today people are traveling across the United States to make their way to the homes of loved ones to share food and celebrate Thanksgiving. Sometimes these encounters will be joyful, and sometimes they will be strained.

The original Thanksgiving is most often portrayed as a happy, uncomplicated meal between colonial Europeans and the Wampanoag, the People of the First Light. The story told by the Wampanoags...

By Madeline Schaefer
Published: November 26, 2013

Pennsylvania is beautiful in October. Like many places on the East Coast, fall turns the expansive deciduous landscape into a blanket of fire, transforms light into magic and the mind to the past. Time slows down this time of year. The future is no longer yours to be explored, but is yours to be remembered as life takes its rightful place within the cycle of death and rebirth. 

It was under these conditions that I drove from Philadelphia to Harrisburg for a weekend event on immigration hosted by Harrisburg Monthly Meeting and the Harrisburg Center for Peace and Justice. Amy...

By Peter Lems
Published: November 22, 2013

Several weeks ago, we invited our Quaker meeting/church liaisons to join our staff on a call to learn more about the "If I Had a Trillion Dollars” youth film festival, which is entering its fourth year. The festival asks young people (middle school through college age) to create a short film on how they would redirect the money in our nation's budget that has been spent on war.

Below are the reflections of AFSC staff member Peter Lems on the festival that call on the impact young people are making in furthering dialogue...

By Robert Awkward
Published: November 19, 2013

Note: I met Robert Awkward last year during his internship with Erin Polley and the "If I Had a Trillion Dollars" (IHTD) youth film festival. The festival invites young people around the country to engage in conversations around how to shift our nation's budget priorities from militarism and war, to supporting the resources that communities need to thrive. 

Though Robert and I both attended the Friends General Conference Gathering last...

By Lucy Duncan
Published: November 12, 2013

Note: A month ago, Michelle Alexander, author of The New Jim Crow, spoke at the University of Pennsylvania Humanities Forum, as the first lecturer in a series addressing violence. I had heard her before, but this time her message seemed even sharper and more urgent. 

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