Laughter, learning, and leadership lobbying filled AFSC’s 2015 If I Had a Trillion Dollars national youth film festival, which was held in Washington, D.C. for its fifth year. Young people from other AFSC office locations joined in to attend a four-day advocacy experience.
In January, AFSC staff and youth from across the South Region led protests and a national panel discussion to confront the issue of police violence and militarization in the United States.
Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday served as the launch date for SOAR (South Organizing Against Racism), which inspired youth-led events in over 15 cities including Baltimore, Washington, D.C., Greensboro, Miami and New Orleans.
Since fall of 2013, AFSC’s North Carolina office has worked with diverse immigrant communities across Greensboro on a project to make the city more welcoming and inclusive. One year later, challenges persist, but the grassroots work is paying off and we are seeing progress: the city unanimously passed a Welcoming Greensboro resolution in April 2014, the Human Relations Commission appointed an immigrant member in October 2014, and an AFSC staff member is chairing a working group to re-develop the city’s International Advisory Committee.
A sense of rebirth and renewal is spreading throughout the South Region under the dynamic new leadership of Kamau Franklin. Kamau, a civil rights attorney who was named regional director in April, brings to AFSC his rich background in organizing at the grassroots level around issues of racial justice and civic engagement. He shares his vision for the region here.
Following the City Council’s unanimous passage on April 14, 2014 of a resolution declaring Greensboro a Welcoming City to immigrants and refugees, the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) and the Welcoming Greensboro Committee have released a 50-page report on the Welcoming Greensboro Initiative. The report details the challenges faced by the city’s immigrant communities and provides comprehensive recommendations for steps to improve equal access to opportunity for all city residents.
Fredd Reyes (right) and his wife Valentina Pavone Reyes-Sagastume.
For Fredd Reyes, the U.S. is home. He’s lived here since he was two years old and has no memory of his native Guatemala. Fredd’s friends did not know he was living in the country without documentsuntil he was arrested, detained, and threatened with deportation.
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