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Acting in Faith podcast: Rustin and the March

William DiCanzio's new play, "Rustin and the March," on Bayard Rustin and his important role in organizing the 1963 March on Washington, is being performed in open readings in and around the city of Philadelphia this year. Madeline Schaefer attended one of these readings and spoke with DiCanzio, the play's future director, Benjamin Lloyd, and the play's leading actor, Frank X, about the power and legacy of Bayard Rustin's message of nonviolence.

What are our obligations toward Syria? Are we exceptional or responsible?

As we approach the Congressional vote on military intervention in Syria, asking what our response can and should be, instead of military intervention, and how the U.S. thinks of its role in the world seems critical.

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People on the streets of Damascus

People on the streets of Damascus

People on the streets of Damascus

Where were the voices to lead a new nonviolent movement?

Reflections on the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington

I have been reflecting on the importance of the National Action to Realize the Dream march on August 24, 2013, in Washington, D.C. It was a huge, very diverse gathering, with people coming from all over the country to be part of an historic event.

Why does it feel that while the movement is still alive, the energy and vision are missing?

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Bayard Rustin and the March on Washington

Note: Stephen McNeil is Assistant Director for Peace-building Programs in AFSC's West region. On Aug. 25, 2013, after traveling from San Francisco and attending the 50th anniversary March on Washington to Realize the Dream, Stephen helped to organize a public event at Friends Meeting of Washington commemorating the life of Bayard Rustin, one of the march's chief organizers and a committed Quaker. - Madeline

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Bayard Rustin Poster

Bayard Rustin Poster by Ricardo Levins Morales (see http://www.rlmartstudio.com)

Bayard Rustin Poster 

Catching the fire for healing justice, one Quaker congregation at a time

Criminal Justice reform is catching fire in Quaker communities around the country, in large part due to the publication and popularization of Michelle Alexander’s book, “The New Jim Crow.” The facts embedded in every page are undeniable and horrifying, and illustrate a truth that many have known for years, that these injustices are tied directly to this country’s history of slavery. It’s as if the book has finally made it okay for Quakers (and others) to speak up against injustice and to face our country’s past.

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Merion Meeting Group

Merion Meeting Group

Merion Meeting outside of Philadelphia.

5 things your congregation can do to support immigrant justice

Immigration is about more then the cerebral aspects of policy, laws, and trade; immigration includes relationships, communities, and questions of morality and dignity. To fully delve into and enable a deep listening for truth, one has to get out of the classroom and committee meeting and into the world.

Realizing the dream: A conversation with Vincent Harding

Note: Vincent Harding was a close friend of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

Quakers working together for immigrant justice

Note: Lori Fernald Khamala, program director of AFSC's Project Voice in Greensboro, North Carolina, shares the story of how AFSC partnered with FCNL and local Quakers to advocate for humane immigration reform this month. - Madeline

Even though Quaker organizations often work on the same issues and share the same values, it doesn’t mean we always work together as well as we should. But recently, a local collaboration between AFSC and the Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) netted big gains.

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Moral Monday, NC

Moral Monday, NC

Moral Monday outside of the North Carolina legislature.

Vincent Harding on creating the Quaker community that does not yet exist

Note: Here is a brief exchange between Vincent Harding, an author of Martin Luther King Jr.’s speech Beyond Vietnam and Professor of Religion and Social Transformation at Illiff School of Theology in Denver, Colo. and Paul Ricketts, a Quaker from Indiana, that occurred during Harding’s book talk on “Hope and History: Why we must Share the Story of the Movement” at the

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Paul Ricketts and Vincent Harding at the FGC Gathering

Paul Ricketts and Vincent Harding at the FGC Gathering

Paul Ricketts and Vincent Harding at the FGC Gathering

Accompaniment: An experiment in healing justice

Laura Magnani, a member of Strawberry Creek Friends Meeting in Berkeley, Calif., and the director of AFSC’s Bay Area Healing Justice program, tells the story of how local Quaker congregations accompanied a formerly incarcerated man back into the community.

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Helping Hand 2

Helping Hand

Helping Hand

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