Join us each month as we engage in conversation about the work of AFSC, and how Quakers can be involved in evolving movements for social change. These monthly calls are an opportunity to learn from AFSC staff about specific focus issues and campaigns, and hear ideas of how to get involved. Each one is also an opportunity to speak with other Quakers from the around the country about strategies for how to engage in collective social change work.
We will begin our new series of calls this October. Find out more about the subject and presenters for these monthly calls, below.
April 16, 2015: Governing under the Influence
This election season, AFSC will join conversations in the growing congressional and presidential campaigns, with a message of getting money out of politics. Using the tactics of bird dogging and peaceful demonstrations, AFSC staff and volunteers will insist that our politicians address the issue of corporate money and politics, and help provide alternatives. Arnie Alpert, AFSC staff in New Hampshire, will present on the "Governing under the Influence" campaign, and how Quakers can get involved in their districts. Register here.
May 21, 2015: Shared Security
Nearly two years ago, AFSC and FCNL produced a joint working paper, titled "Shared Security: Reimagining U.S. Foreign Policy." Since then, both organizations have encouraged feedback from local Quaker meetings on the proposal, and developed strategies for enacting its vision in their work. Hear from AFSC's Patricia DeBoer and Alissa Wilson on the work AFSC has done to actualize a new approach to foreign policy. Register here.
March 26, 2015: Faith-based immigrant justice
Hear more about faith-based efforts around the country to support the movement of immigrants for human rights and justice. Jennifer Piper, AFSC staff in Denver, and Lori Khamala, immigrant rights staff in Greensoboro, will speak about working for immigrant justice, this moment in the movement, the unique gifts of faith-based organizing on this issue, and some of the challenges.
February 19, 2015: Ending the War on Terror
Learn more about how Quakers can join with the AFSC and FCNL to help repeal the Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) and to stop the new version, an act that granted power to the President to use whatever force necessary to combat the threat of those deemed "terrorists." AFSC's Peter Lems and Raed Jarrar presented on the recent movement to repeal the AUMF and how Quakers can pressure their representatives to finally end the decade long "War on Terror."
Listen: We recorded this entire conversation which includes powerful stories of living in Iraq during "Shock and Awe" and important information about the most recent AUMF proposal by President Obama: http://afsc.org/audio/call-spirited-action-ending-war-terror
January 15, 2015: Quaker Network to end mass incarceration
Have you heard about the new growing network of Quakers working together across the country to end mass incarceration? What started as a small group of Friends meeting during mealtimes at the 2014 Friends General Conference Gathering has burgeoned into a movement of Quakers connecting across the country to see how we can pool our knowledge and resources on shifting our prison system. Hear from AFSC staff, Laura Magnani and Lewis Webb, and former AFSC staff member, Scilla Wahrhaftig, who all serve as members of the network's Steering Committee. They discuss how the movement has grown, and its plans for creating effective change.
Listen: We recorded this informative and inspiring conversation that included a wide variety of stories detailing Quaker involvement in prisons and the movement to end mass incarceration: http://afsc.org/audio/call-spirited-action-quaker-network-end-mass-incarceration
December 18, 2014: Coalition of Friends in Baltimore for Healing Justice
Hear from staff of AFSC's Friend of a Friend program in Baltimore, Dominque Stevenson and Eddie Conway, about how they are partnering with local Quakers and others in the community in a new "Coalition of Friends" to transform our criminal justice system.
Listen: We recorded the full, lively discussion, which included some powerful information about organizing inside and outside prison, how Quakers can get engaged, and other resources for Friends: http://afsc.org/audio/call-spirited-action-coalition-friends-baltimore-healing-justice
November 20, 2014: Working for human rights in Israel and Palestine with QPIN
Learn more about the current economic activism campaigns to end the occupation of Palestinian territory by the Israeli government, including the new HP Boycott. AFSC's Middle East Peace Education Director, Dalit Baum, will present on the history of the BDS movements, as well as how Quakers can join with others around the country for a world-wide campaign to bring about justice in the region.
Listen: We recorded the full presentation chock full of information including a 5 minute history of the Palestinian resistance movement, information about HP and how the company is supporting the occupation of Palestinian territory, and ways you or your meeting can support just and lasting peace through economic activis. http://afsc.org/audio/call-spirited-action-israelpalestine
October 16, 2014: Organizing with the Spirit
Join Lucy Duncan for a presentation and discussion on how you can use a new small group social justice ministries model, developed by the Unitarian Universalist tradition in Colorado, to bring "mystics" and "activists" in your meeting/church together to create powerful, effective change.
Learn more: We didn't manage to record this presentation, but Lucy wrote a blog post about this method, Organizing with the Spirit, and you can get the full packet of information on how to do this kind of activism in your meeting or church here.