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As a founding member in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission officially launched this year, AFSC is working to address the history and consequences of state removal of Native children from their homes, a practice that stared decades ago in a context of forced assimilation. As late as 1984, Maine continued to have one of the highest rates of removal of Native children in the country. The TRC’s aims are to uncover the truth, improve child welfare practices and facilitate community healing.

A year ago, New Hampshire issued a “Request for Proposals” to firms Interested in building and managing a state prison that would hold most or all the state’s prisoners. A campaign involving AFSC, the State Employees Union, and other groups formed to fight privatization. As of December, privatization opponents are optimistic they will succeed and are turning their attention to measures which would reduce the number of people imprisoned in New Hampshire.

AFSC's Denise Altvatar speaks on the story behind the Truth and Reconciliation commissions in Maine.

On December 20, 2012 Shan Cretin, AFSC General Secretary, shared highlights from 2012 including the stories of people affected by AFSC’s work.

 

"Calling forth the goodness" is a podcast series that features the voices and communities that work together to create change.

This first episode, "Working at the Root," tells the story of how AFSC partnered with communities in and around Albuquerque, N.M., to help local people keep their water rights while providing fresh, organic vegetables to area public schools.

Listen and hear the voices of community members in the South Valley of New Mexico working together for change.

Listen to David Niyonzima, founder and director of the Trauma Healing and Reconconiliation Services (THARS) in Burundi, on how his faith influences his peace work.  David leads workshops on trauma healing and providing community spaces for peaceful dialogue and reconciliation.

This audio is an excerpt from a longer interview with David Niyonzima, conducted by Friends Liaison Lucy Duncan and Friends Relations Fellow, Madeline Schaefer.  As well as being the director of THARS, David is also a Quaker pastor and member of Burundi Yearly Meeting.

The New Directions Youth Project was an after-school program that AFSC ran from 1994-2003. Twice a week for the entire school year, it brought together 12 high school students who’d had a first-time brush with the law.

On November 15, 2012 AFSC's Aura Kanegis, Director of Public Policy and Advocacy, and Bridget Moix, formerly of Friends Committee on National Legislation, discussed a joint AFSC-FCNL initiative to offer a Quaker alternative vision for U.S. foreign policy along with steps Friends can take to help make that vision a reality.

Listen to David Niyonzima, founder and director of the Trauma Healing and Reconconiliation Services (THARS) in Burundi, on the traditional role of elders as community peacemakers.  David's work involves leading workshops on trauma healing and providing community spaces for peaceful dialogue and reconciliation.

In the global action day against military spending on April 17th 2012, Rela Mazali, an Israeli researcher, writer and activist, gave a lecture about the military budget in Israel. 

This lecture was edited into 12 minutes about the Israeli military budget in Hebrew. Please find English transcript here

 

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