By Lucy Duncan
Published: October 10, 2012

In August I spent a day in New Mexico, visiting AFSC’s farmer training program near Albuquerque.

I met the trainees, hearing from AFSC’s Sayrah Namaste about elements of the program and upcoming plans to expand state-wide, funded in large part by the Kellogg Foundation. I finished the day by talking with program director Don Bustos at his farm near Espanola.

AFSC’s New Mexico program works in underserved communities to train beginner farmers in sustainable agriculture practices. The farmers grow high value crops—gourmet salad mix, blackberries, asparagus...

By Lucy Duncan
Published: September 26, 2012

by Lucy Duncan

This post is an excerpt from the 2012 Weed Lecture I presented at the Beacon Hill Friends House on May 20th. The lecture is an annual event honoring Ernest and Esther Weed, who were longtime directors of the house in its formative years. You can learn more about the lecture at the Beacon Hill Friends House website or purchase the...

By Lucy Duncan
Published: September 17, 2012

by Lucy Duncan

My family and I live in a multicultural neighborhood just west of Philadelphia. My neighbors include many new immigrants from India, Bangladesh, Korea, Vietnam, Greece, and other countries, as well as many African-Americans.

We are part of a neighborhood association that has focused in the last few years on beautifying the park along Cobbs Creek, which is at the edge of the neighborhood. There have been many work days clearing weeds and debris, planting flowers, and turning the park again into a welcoming space for the community to play and gather....

By Gabriela Flora
Published: September 10, 2012

This a guest blog post by Gabriela Flora, AFSC Regional Project Voice Organizer - Lucy

Often the first step to becoming an ally is hearing and really listening to another person’s story.  I went to Intermountain Yearly Meeting (IMYM) at Ghost Ranch in the mountains of New Mexico this year for the first time since I’ve been on staff and told and heard moving stories there.

I co-led an interest group with Lucy Duncan titled “Friends and AFSC: Partners in Spirit-Led Activism.”   We had a small, powerful group where the participants shared and listened...

By Lucy Duncan
Published: September 4, 2012

Wars wouldn't exist without the creation of a hateful "other," drawing on racial, ethnic and religious prejudices to manufacture fear, demonizing the "enemy" to justify killing people. Unfortunately our own country is no stranger to this tactic.  The internment of Japanese Americans during World War II, the Red Scare during the McCarthy era, and most recently, identifying people of Arab descent as 'terrorists'--these are all part of the history of the dehumanization and isolation of some groups of people in order to justify militarism and war. 

These fear-inducing labels...