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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

The Value of the AFSC Corporation

Each year as we approach the annual meeting of the AFSC Corporation, I hear people wondering whether the Corporation has outlived its usefulness – or indeed whether it ever had one. 

Newcomers wonder what the Corporation is for, whether it matters that they attend, and whether, if they do, they will really understand the issues in play. Those with experience of past Corporation meetings have many of the same questions.

I am one who believes the Corporation has immense potential value to AFSC – and also that AFSC has immense value to Quakers in the U.S. 

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AFSC Corporation Meeting 2012

AFSC Corporation Meeting 2012

AFSC Corporation Meeting 2012

Seeds of an occupation: An audio documentary

Learn more about AFSC's growing involvement in the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement to end the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories. Hear the voices of activists, students, and Quakers as they work together to hold large corporations accountable for the violation of human rights and listen to the power of nonviolence to bring change to both hearts and minds.  

Acting in Faith podcast: Calling forth the goodness, Episode 2

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

This episode, "Seeds of an Occupation," tells the story of how the AFSC is partnering with students, interfaith coalitions, and community groups to end the Israeli occupation in Palestine through the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement.

Listen and hear the voices of community members all around the country working together for change.

Love your enemies: Learning to trust in the face of violence

In 1968, I was a high school student in Evanston, Ill., firm in my loyalty to the Chicago White Sox and firm in my belief that my country was on the right side in Viet Nam.

One day I walked into the public library. In the new books display I found a book with a dramatically designed cover dominated by one jagged word: "WAR." The subtitle also grabbed my attention: "The Anthropology of Armed Conflict and Aggression."

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Johan and Judy Maurer

Johan and Judy Maurer

Johan and Judy Maurer

Undocumented and unafraid: 67 Sueños (Dreams)

“There is no greater agony than carrying an untold story inside of you.” – Maya Angelou

I spent a day with Pablo Paredes and a few of the courageous immigrant youth with whom he works when I was in San Francisco in December. Pablo is AFSC program director for 67 Sueños, a youth-led program that works to make visible the stories and dreams of undocumented youth who are often left out of the immigration debate.

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67 Sueños Mural Detail

67 Sueños Mural Detail

67 Sueños Mural Detail

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