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Healing, not harm: An interview with AFSC's Lewis Webb

By: Madeline Smith-Gibbs
Published: November 20, 2014
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About the Author

Madeline is temporarily taking up the reins as the Friends Relations Associate.  Prior to AFSC, Madeline researched alternative economies in Philadelphia and worked with people returning from prison to organize against employment discrimination.  A lifelong Friend, Madeline is excited to rise with a new generation of Quaker social activists.

Organizing with the Spirit

By: Lucy Duncan
Published: November 14, 2014
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About the Author

Lucy serves as Director of Friends Relations for AFSC. She has been a storyteller for 20 years and has worked with Quaker meetings on telling stories for racial justice and of spiritual experience. Before working for AFSC, she was Director of Communications at FGC, managed QuakerBooks of FGC, and owned and managed her own children's bookstore in Omaha, The Story Monkey. She attends Green Street Friends Meeting (PhYM) and lives with her son and partner in a Quaker cemetery.

Reflections after Ferguson October

By: Liz Oppenheimer
Published: October 30, 2014
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About the Author

Liz Oppenheimer is a Conservative Friend and member of Bear Creek Meeting in Iowa. She worships with Laughing Waters Friends Preparative Meeting and volunteers at the AFSC office in St. Paul. Liz occasionally blogs about Quakerism at thegoodraisedup.blogspot.com and edited Writing Cheerfully on the Web.  Liz is thoroughly enjoying watercoloring, which she began exploring last year.

In Ferguson, I am reminded of Palestine

By: Bassem Masri
Published: October 28, 2014
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A guest post by Bassem Masri, a Palestinian connecting the ways that the police presence in Feruguson resembles the police presence in Palestine.

About the Author

Bassem Masri is a Palestinian American who grew up in St. Louis and Jerusalem and has been documenting the protest movement in Ferguson since Michael Brown's killing.  

Quakerism mandates leadership: J. Jondhi Harrell on mass incarceration

By: Madeline Smith-Gibbs
Published: October 23, 2014
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Note: I first met J. Jondhi Harrell through Philadelphia’s prison and reentry activism circles. Later, I worshipped with him at Germantown Friends Meeting, where he recently became a member. As an insider to the worlds of both Quakerism and the criminal justice system – he was incarcerated for over 20 years – he speaks powerfully about prison, reentry, and Friends’ mandate to confront the dehumanizing system of mass incarceration. -Madeline Smith-Gibbs

About the Author

Madeline is temporarily taking up the reins as the Friends Relations Associate.  Prior to AFSC, Madeline researched alternative economies in Philadelphia and worked with people returning from prison to organize against employment discrimination.  A lifelong Friend, Madeline is excited to rise with a new generation of Quaker social activists.

Who will save the baby on top of the mountain?

By: Raed Jarrar
Published: October 9, 2014
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Note: Raed Jarrar serves as AFSC's Policy Impact Coordinator. He is Iraqi and Palestinian and has been speaking out in many media outlets including All in with Chris HayesDemocracy Now, and Common Dreams since the United States' decision to bomb ISIL. Here he responds to a question that kept him up the night after it was asked at a recent presentation. - Lucy

About the Author

Raed Jarrar serves as AFSC’s Policy Impact Coordinator at the Office of Public Policy and Advocacy in Washington, D.C. Since his immigration to the U.S. in 2005, he has worked on political and cultural issues pertaining to U.S. engagement in the Arab and Muslim worlds. He is widely recognized as an expert on political, social, and economic developments in the Middle East. He has testified in numerous Congressional hearings and briefings, and he is also a frequent guest on national and international media outlets in both Arabic and English.

Born in Baghdad to an Iraqi mother and a Palestinian father, Raed Jarrar grew up in Saudi Arabia, Jordan, and Iraq. He received his bachelor’s degree in architecture from the University of Baghdad, and his master's degree in architecture, with a specialty in post-war reconstruction in Iraq, from the University of Jordan.

You just have to be human: Resisting apartheid & occupation

By: Dalit Baum
Published: September 25, 2014
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Dalit Baum, AFSC’s Director of Economic Activism writes about the passbook system in South Africa and the ID system in Israel, both established to control, segregate, and limit movement. Boycotts and divestment are one way to take a moral stand against and resist the practices of companies benefitting from the oppression of a targeted group. 

About the Author

Dalit Baum, Ph.D., is the co-founder of Who Profits from the Occupation, and of the Coalition of Women for Peace in Israel. Dalit is a feminist scholar and teacher, who has been teaching about militarism and about the global economy from a feminist perspective in Israeli and American universities. She has been active with various groups in the Israeli anti-occupation and democracy movement, including Black Laundry, Boycott from Within, Zochrot, Anarchists against the Wall and Women in Black. Dalit has headed the Economic Activism for Palestine Program of Global Exchange. She has worked for AFSC in the San Francisco office since 2013 and currently serves the organization as Director of Economic Activism. 

You just have to be human: Resisting apartheid & occupation

By: Dalit Baum
Published: September 25, 2014
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Dalit Baum, AFSC’s Director of Economic Activism writes about the passbook system in South Africa and the ID system in Israel, both established to control, segregate, and limit movement. Boycotts and divestment are one way to take a moral stand against and resist the practices of companies benefitting from the oppression of a targeted group.

About the Author

Dalit Baum, Ph.D., is the co-founder of Who Profits from the Occupation, and of the Coalition of Women for Peace in Israel. Dalit is a feminist scholar and teacher, who has been teaching about militarism and about the global economy from a feminist perspective in Israeli and American universities. She has been active with various groups in the Israeli anti-occupation and democracy movement, including Black Laundry, Boycott from Within, Zochrot, Anarchists against the Wall and Women in Black. Dalit has headed the Economic Activism for Palestine Program of Global Exchange. She has worked for AFSC in the San Francisco office since 2013 and currently serves the organization as Director of Economic Activism. 

We tell stories: Countering the Israeli occupation

By: Mati Gomis-Perez
Published: September 11, 2014
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About the Author

Mati Gomis-Perez is AFSC Country Representative for Israel and Palestine based in East Jerusalem.  Before she joined the AFSC last November, 2013, she had worked for a number of non-governmental organizations in Spain and the occupied Palestinian territory, for UN Women in New York and Jordan and the Spanish Agency for Development Cooperation in Jerusalem during the Second Intifada.  She has done consultancies in Cambodia, Sahrawi Refugee Camps in Algeria and Colombia evaluating humanitarian and development projects.  

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