Chicago Middle East Program

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Loyola students pass divestment resolution

Jennifer Bing, AFSC Chicago staff, passes along this good news from Loyola Students for Justice in Palestine. Chicago AFSC Middle East program staff and fellows provided resources and support on this effort over the past year.

"At approximately 6:30PM on Tuesday, March 18, 2014, the Student Senate of Loyola University Chicago, the largest Jesuit University in the nation, voted to divest from the Israeli Occupation with a vote of 26-0-2.

Chicago Middle East Program pamphlet

This pamphlet describes AFSC Chicago's Middle East Program.

Rasmea Odea Action Plan

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Rasmea Odea

Five steps you can take to support Rasmea Odea. More information about her case here.

Support Rasmea Odea

Take action to support Rasmea Odea by clicking on this action plan.

An Ode to Daniel

Jennifer Bing of Chicago, who co-directs AFSC's work for Middle East, wrote the following song in honor of Daniel Kaplan, who recently completed his service as Robert Clark Trust Fellow with AFSC.

Daniel shares his reflections about his work in this article.





Students put peace to work during alternative spring break

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Alternative spring break 2013. View more photos by Rudhian Chlissma Putra.

Jennifer Bing co-directs AFSC’s Middle East Program. Along with co-workers Shirien Damra, Daniel Kaplan, and Darlene Gramigna (who has pulled together previous spring breaks), Jennifer organized the 2013 alternative spring break for Earlham College students in Chicago. The students organized a vigil on the campus of Illinois-Chicago to protest Israel’s continued demolition of Palestinian homes and to commemorate the tenth anniversary of Rachel Corrie’s death.

Q: Please talk about AFSC’s alternative spring break.

Stories of housing rights activism unite struggles in Palestine and Chicago

In Chicago as in Palestine, people are forced from their homes. Foreclosures, borders, and bureaucracies enforce their displacement, leaving their families homeless or kicked out of their homeland.

The effects of displacement go beyond the physical realities, affecting people’s sense of security and belonging. It’s a deep feeling of isolation.

In Chicago, Muslim man gets his life back from the government

On a warm November day at the Mosque Foundation in Chicago, Muhammad Salah, surrounded by his friends and supporters, presented his wife with a single flower. What might seem the simple act of a loving husband symbolized new freedom for Muhammad and his family.

Up until that day, Muhammad could not buy flowers for his wife or food for his children. All of his assets had been frozen and his basic freedoms severely limited for the 17 years that the United States listed him as a “specially designated terrorist.”

Chicago Middle East Program Fundraiser Benefit 2011

Sunday, October 2, 2011 - 1:00pm - 4:00pm

Creating Connections, Renewing Commitments - AFSC Chicago Middle East Program Fundraiser

Honoring recipients of AFSC's "Inspiration for Hope" Awards

Alice Walker*, Anna Baltzer, Sami Kishawi - for their activism and commitment to a just peace in Israel and Palestine

Program will include a buffet luncheon.

Tickets $50/general admission; $25/student & low income

Seating is limited for this special event!

*Alice Walker's award will be accepted by Ali Abunimah on her behalf.

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