In an effort to provide an update of Northeast Ohio AFSC's perspectives on the news, reports of past events and announcements of upcoming activities, we've launched an audio "podcast."

It contains our perspectives on the introduction of "Fast Track" legislation (in connection with passage of the Trans-Pacific Partnership so-called "trade" deal), the government's release of the December 2013 jobs report, federal budget negotiations and the current status of the Farm Bill (which contains the Food Stamp program). A brief report on Tuesday's "Four Horsemen" film showing in Independence is provided. We announce various MLK Day events, the 4th Anniversary of Citizens United action in Columbus, the Akron Time Bank orientation and the We the People Public Hearing in Cleveland Heights — all next week. A few words from Martin Luther King not often quoted are shared in conclusion.

Future editions will contain interviews of AFSC staff, committee members and others we work with in different communities.

Tune in. Let us know what you think.