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Sojourning with Christ: Migration as calling

By: David Jaimes
Published: March 17, 2015
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About the Author

David was born in Peru, but raised in California where he was married to his bride Claudia. David loves Christ and His Church, especially those in the margins. Currently, he serves as Pastor of Student Ministries at Friendswood Friends Church near Houston, Texas. He feels called to the ministry of reconciliation.

To Friends Everywhere: Epistle from AFSC 2015 Corporation Meeting

By: Greg Elliott
Published: March 12, 2015
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About the Author

Greg serves as the Friends Relations Associate for AFSC in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Born and raised in rural Northeastern Pennsylvania, Greg grew up attending North Branch Friends Meeting at the Curtis family farm in the Poconos. Over the last ten years, he has facilitated numerous workshops for activists and Friends on a variety of topics, including anti-oppression activism, empire, and the "Inquirer's Weekend" at Pendle Hill with Trayce Peterson. Greg currently lives in the Germantown neighborhood of Philadelphia. 

A story incomplete: Virginia Alexander's life among Friends

By: Greg Elliott
Published: February 25, 2015
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This post from AFSC's Acting in Faith blog is a summary of Dr. Vanessa Northington Gamble's paper, "Medicine, Religion, and Social Activism: The Life of Dr. Virginia M. Alexander, A Forgotten Black Quaker." Dr. Alexander founded the Aspiranto Health Home in her own house in North Philadelphia, where she operated an integrated, socialized medical practice that provided much needed medical care to the black community.

About the Author

Greg serves as the Friends Relations Associate for AFSC in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Born and raised in rural Northeastern Pennsylvania, Greg grew up attending North Branch Friends Meeting at the Curtis family farm in the Poconos. Over the last ten years, he has facilitated numerous workshops for activists and Friends on a variety of topics, including anti-oppression activism, empire, and the "Inquirer's Weekend" at Pendle Hill with Trayce Peterson. Greg currently lives in the Germantown neighborhood of Philadelphia. 

I must resist: Bayard Rustin’s letter to the Draft Board

By: Bayard Rustin
Published: February 19, 2015
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About the Author

Bayard Rustin (1912-1987) was a leader in US social movements for 40 years and maintained a relationship with the Religious Society of Friends throughout his entire life. Rustin was active in the Fellowship of Reconciliation (FOR), the American Friends Service Committee, the Congress on Racial Equality, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, and the A. Philip Randolph Institute. Rustin was also a co-writer of the landmark AFSC publication, "Speak Truth to Power."

From mourning to outrage to action

By: Lori Fernald Khamala
Published: February 12, 2015
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This reflection is by Lori Fernald Khamala, AFSC’s Immigrant Rights Program Director in Greensboro, North Carolina, where we seek to build a community which values the human dignity of all residents.

About the Author

Lori Fernald Khamala is the director of the North Carolina Immigrant Rights Program for the American Friends Service Committee in Greensboro.   A native of North Carolina, she grew up in the Charlotte Friends Meeting and later studied Spanish at Guilford College and spent time in Guadalajara, Mexico. She spent nearly eight years advocating for the rights of migrant and seasonal farmworkers in North Carolina and mobilizing the faith and secular community to support farmworker justice.  Currently, she is working to involve the Quaker and broader community in creating a more welcoming and compassionate environment for immigrants in our community, and to support fair and humane immigration policy at local, state and national levels. Lori has a beautiful and charming seven-year old daughter who occupies all her non-working time.

Black Power’s Challenge to Quaker Power

By: Barrington Dunbar
Published: February 11, 2015
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Barrington Dunbar was born in British Guyana and educated in the United States. He devoted his life to social work, as the director of settlement houses, camps for refugees, and other such services. He joined 57th Street Meeting in Chicago and later was active with 15th Street Meeting in New York City. Committed to both black liberation and Quakerism, he explained the Black Power movement to European Americans as a need to express rage as a step toward sef-esteem (Black Fire, 125).

Living our values: Quaker and Jewish connections, part 2

By: Brant Rosen
Published: February 5, 2015
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About the Author

Brant Rosen is AFSC’s Midwest Regional Director and lives in Evanston, IL. Before coming to AFSC, he served as a congregational rabbi for over 20 years. He is the co-founder and co-chair of the Jewish Voice for Peace Rabbinical Council and the founder, with Rabbi Brian Walt, of the Jewish Fast for Gaza. Brant is the author of “Wresting in the Daylight: A Rabbi’s Path to Palestinian Solidarity” (Just World Books, 2012) and regularly blogs at Shalom Rav (rabbibrant.com).

A rabbi at AFSC: Quaker and Jewish connections, part 1

By: Brant Rosen
Published: January 27, 2015
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About the Author

Brant Rosen is AFSC’s Midwest Regional Director and lives in Evanston, IL. Before coming to AFSC, he served as a congregational rabbi for over 20 years. He is the co-founder and co-chair of the Jewish Voice for Peace Rabbinical Council and the founder, with Rabbi Brian Walt, of the Jewish Fast for Gaza. Brant is the author of “Wresting in the Daylight: A Rabbi’s Path to Palestinian Solidarity” (Just World Books, 2012) and regularly blogs at Shalom Rav (rabbibrant.com).

Note to self: White people taking part in #BlackLivesMatter protests

By: Vonn New
Published: January 22, 2015
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Nine recommendations for white people taking part in Black Lives Matter protests. 

About the Author

Vonn New is a member of Bulls Head-Oswego Friends Meeting in New York Yearly Meeting.  Ze is a gender-queer lesbian, musician, and social justice activist who was introduced to Friends partly through the work of AFSC's LGBT program in the 1990's.  Vonn works as an independent web developer.

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