In 1922, Friends Drew Pearson and Walter Abel visited West Virginia in response to appeals for emergency relief. AFSC was young—barely five years old—but it had already amassed an impressive record in relieving human suffering.
The results of their investigation were published in an AFSC pamphlet titled Personality and Coal in West Virginia. They reported that "We are satisfied by our investigations that there is widespread destitution, and much need of relief, among the families of the miners.”
In an unprecedented show of concern about Palestinian children, 19 members of Congress signed a letter to Secretary of State Kerry urging the US administration to prioritize children’s human rights in its bilateral relationship with Israel. Initiated by Rep Betty McCollum (D,Minn), the letter was a companion action to a June 2 Capitol Hill briefing about Palestinian children in military detention.
Our Children Our Future, West Virginia’s campaign to end child poverty, is gearing up for the 2015 legislative session. This coalition of coalitions, of which AFSC is an active member, has won over a dozen policy victories over the last two years, including prison reform, Medicaid expansion, raising the minimum wage, and restoring funding for family programs. While most of these victories take place at the capitol in Charleston during the 60 day legislative sessions that typically last from January to March, the campaign works statewide and year-round to build momentum.
It is the children who tug at my heart. Children at the border, crowded together on mats in a huge room. Children, bloodied, with stunned faces in Gaza. Children caught in the madness of situations they didn't create, just wanting to be with their mom and dad, just wanting to be safe. Sometimes if feels so overwhelming.
As poverty in Myanmar (Burma) deepens, Buddhist monasteries have started schools to provide basic education and care for the increasing number of poor children who cannot afford to attend state schools. These schools accept students of both sexes and of all ethnicities and religions, and use the standard state curriculum. The monks and nuns leading these schools see education as vital to the future of their country. The state spends less than 2% of gross domestic product on health and education, leading to a serious deterioration in the country’s future prospects.
Jennifer Piper on Children and Deportation on KGNU
Jennifer Piper, Interfaith Organizing Director for AFSC's Immigrants Rights Program in Denver, and Judith Marquez of Rights for All People, join host Claudia Cragg in discussing "The Children of Deportation" on KGNU radio. The show begins with two young people describing their situation.
Zakery's Bridge: Children's Journeys From Around the World to Iowa is a new book by authors Kay Fenton Smith and Carol Roh Spaulding about twelve children aged 6 to 16 from nations around the globe whose families now make their home in Central Iowa.
The collection, recently issued by Des Moines-based Shrieking Tree Publishing, is the result of a collaboration with several individuals whose interests and talents have made possible a book for classrooms, coffee tables, and libraries that tells fascinating contemporary stories of immigration and resettlement.
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