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Black Lives Matter, Bernie Sanders, and the power of an interruption

A white person attending the Bernie Sander’s rally in Seattle last week probably understood what was happening as an unwelcome, uninvited interruption of Bernie’s attempts to speak on social programs. But in the world of Marissa Johnson and Mara Jacqueline Willaford, the two Black Lives Matter activists who took the stage, they weren’t just interrupting Bernie Sanders - they were interrupting white supremacy.

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Bernie Sanders and Mara Jacqueline Willaford

Black Lives Matter activist and Bernie Sanders

Black Lives Matter activist, Mara Jacqueline Willaford, face-to-face with Bernie Sanders at Seattle rally.

Art and social change: Five artists with a cultural strategy for change

Sara Z.E.Hughes works as AFSC's social media specialist. Sara is an artist, filmmaker and cultural worker who uses art for social change, a tool AFSC uses in our program work in many places including two recent traveling exhibits, Boycott: The Art of Economic Activism and All of Us or None: Responses and Resistance to Militarism. This piece explores several artists who effectively use different media to work for social justice.

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Boycott! The Art of Economic Activism

Boycott! The Art of Economic Activism

Palestine Activism in an Anti-Racist Framework

Though this piece, an exploration of working within an anti-racist framework in all work against oppression, but particularly in the movement to end the occupaton of Palestinian territory, is a personal statement by Mike Merryman-Lotze, it does reflect AFSC's organizational position with regard to this issue. - Lucy

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No pride in occupation

In this piece Sahar Vardi reflects in journal form on the recent stabbing of a young woman at a Gay Pride protest in Tel Aviv (the young woman has subsequently died) and the arson attack on a Palestinian home that left a toddler burned to death. Sahar is AFSC's Israel program coordinator based in Jerusalem. - Lucy

July 30th

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There's no pride in occupation

There's no pride in occupation

Weapons of the devil: Hibakusha’s call for a world without nuclear weapons

Michiko Kodama, a Hibakusha--survivor of the atomic bomb in Hiroshima--shares a first hand account of her memories that day and provides a moving testimony calling for the abolition of what she calls "weapons of the devil."

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Hiroshima after the bomb

Hiroshima after the bomb

Secret assassination and its aftermath

"Cursed be he that smiteth his neighbor secretly." -- Deuteronomy 27:24

Some believe that drone attacks save U.S. lives because they do not rely on "boots on the ground" and thus service members are spared death and injury.

But what about other people's lives? Recently, as a Quaker and an American Friends Service Committee staff member, I joined a gathering of 150 interfaith folk at Princeton Theological Seminary to consider that very question.

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RAF Reaper MQ-9 Remotely Piloted Air System

Picture of a Reaper Drone

RAF Reaper MQ-9 Military Drone

Gaza one year on: Does the world wake up?

Thursday (July 16th) was the anniversary of the death of the four Bakr boys who were shot and killed by an Israeli gunboat operator on the beach in Gaza as international reporters staying at the al-Deira hotel looked on.

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Children walking through the rubble of Gaza

Children walking through the rubble of Gaza

Children walking through the rubble of Gaza

How Quakers can help end mass incarceration

AFSC has been collaborating with QuakerSpeak, a project of Friends Journal, on several videos about issues on which AFSC works and how Quakers can support change. The second video in the series of three reflects on "How Quakers can help end mass incarceration" and features AFSC staff members Laura Magnani, Farajii Mohammed, and Lewis Webb.

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 Another Quaker working to end mass incarceration

Another Quaker working to end mass incarceration

On Charleston: Will we answer forgiveness with repentance?

“I don’t believe slavery ended in 1865, I believe it just evolved.” – Bryan Stevenson

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Know their names

Know their names with Mother Emanuel AME Church drawing

Know their names with Mother Emanuel AME Church drawing

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