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Recommended reading on immigration

Volunteer at Pembroke arranging books in library.

Volunteer at Pembroke arranging books in library.

Bishnu, a student at Sullivan High School in Chicago, ILis arranging the books at the Pembrooke library. Visiting and helping with the library was one of the three projects that the summer institute students did during the peace here.there..everywhere summer institute.

Compiled by Coloradans for Immigrant Rights, a list of books--both fiction and non-fiction--about immigration, immigrant stories and immigrant justice.

Create a letter writing ladder

From Coloradans for Immigrant Rights, learn how your meeting can form a letter-writing ladder and change the conversation around immigration reform in your community.

Adopt a policy maker

Congressional Briefing: How US Policy Impacts Us

Participants at the Congressional Hearings

Laila El-Haddad, Helena Cobban and Elik Elhanan at the Congressional Briefing.

Adopt a policy maker and let them know why immigrants deserve humane immigration reform.

Acting in Faith Newsletters

Below is a list of archived Acting in Faith newsletters.

May, 2014:  Monument or Movement?

April, 2014:  Endless war or a shift in priorities?

March, 2014:  Can we be active mystics?

I will not drink SodaStream fizzy water for Passover

by Rabbi Lynn Gottlieb

As we approach the Jewish holy days, we are reminded of the phrase that initiates the Telling of the Story: Let all who are hungry come eat, let all who are oppressed, join us at the table of liberation. Unfortunately, if they are Palestinians living in the West Bank, they may need a special security clearance. That is the case for Palestinian workers who are employed by SodaStream, the increasingly popular home carbonation product sold in 39 countries in 35,000 stores worldwide. 

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Soda Stream boycott

Soda Stream boycott

Soda Stream boycott

Five ways to engage with AFSC on Israel and Palestine

Need ideas for how to get involved in peace-building efforts in Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory? Here are five suggestions.

Building bridges is radical

When I think of well-known figures of AFSC’s past, I think of men—Rufus Jones and Clarence Pickett, more specifically. I’m sure much of this has to do with the fact that I have spent numerous hours sitting in rooms named after them at Friends Center in Philadelphia. But I have little doubt that their familiarity is also due to the general attention that our society pays to men with big ideas and big voices, particularly the society in which the organization was founded. 

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Rebecca Timbres, nurse

Rebecca Timbres served as a nurse during World War I and continued to work for the AFSC for nearly her entire adult life.

Healing Justice resources for Quaker congregations

Healing Justice interns describe their summer projects

Summer interns from both the Immigrant Rights and Healing JusticePrograms shared moving stories of the work they had done with AFSC.

AFSC invites Quaker congregations everywhere to join in the effort to help transform the U.S. criminal justice system from one focused on crime and punishment to one focused on moving from harm to healing.  Quaker meetings and churches are encouraged to learn more about issues of mass incarceration, engage their local communities in the issue, establish relationships with those directly affected, and advocate for just policy.

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Meeting the community of Hatcliffe Extension, a reflection

As we enter Hatcliffe Extension outside of Harare, Zimbabwe via a dirt road marred by deep ruts and washed out areas with more than a 12-inch drop-off, I wonder if our Toyota four wheel drive will survive with shock absorbers intact. We park and walk toward a grassy area where several men and a woman are repairing a metal wheelbarrow using the only welding machine available. Several others watch the process. Homes surround the workspace.

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Marsha Base visiting Hatcliffe Extenstion in Zimbabwe

Marsha Base visiting Hatcliffe Extenstion in Zimbabwe

Marsha Base visiting Hatcliffe Extenstion in Zimbabwe. Marsha is seated in a chair made by Mrs. S. Chabvunyira (not pictured). The woman in orange behind her is Mrs. Masaraure of the sewing cluster. .

The power to create light: Healing in Dublin Federal Women’s Prison

Jacqueline Duhart, a Unitarian minister, runs a women’s group at Dublin Federal Women’s Prison south of Oakland for AFSC. The original leaders adapted Pace e Bene’s Traveling with the Turtle, a curriculum for women learning nonviolence.

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Window at Alcatraz

Window at Alcatraz by Jacqueline Poggi

Window at Alcatraz

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