Benefit Concert for The American Friends Service Committee PA Youth Program and National Nurses Relief Group for the Philippines An evening of music featuring: the Raging Grannies, Smokestack Lightning and friends, Recording artists Callan and Mark Dignam
Left to right: AFSC's Appalachian Center for Equality (ACE) BAPS program participant Jimetta, DC Peace & Economic Justice Program Director Jean-Louis Peta Ikambana, BAPS participant Ciara and ACE Program Director Lida Shepherd during the 2013 Human Rights Summit in Washington, D.C.
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Reflections on the 2013 DC Youth Human Rights Learning Summit by AFSC interns and participants.
AFSC DC Peace & Economic Justice interns Rita (left) and Morgan speak during a meeting with Jason Spear, Legislative Associate to Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) as part of the 2013 Human Rights Summit.
Photo: Bryan Vana
With support from the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC)’s donor-funded 2013 Opportunity Grant Fund, AFSC’s Peace & Economic Justice Program in Washington, D.C. organized and hosted its first annual AFSC Youth Human Rights Summit, which took place over five days in June 2013. The Summit drew ten young people (seven high school students from New Orleans, LA; St. Louis, MO; Logan, West VA; and Washington, D.C., two college students from Earlham College in Greensboro, NC, and one college student from Washington, D.C.
Jodie Geddes, 21, is a student at Guilford College and interned this summer with AFSC in North Carolina.
Since she was a young girl in Brooklyn, Jodie Geddes has experienced how abuses of power play out in schools and on the streets.
Her community members are stopped and frisked by police officers because of their race. She was excluded from certain relationships in school because the culture there didn’t make space for her multi-national identity. In North Carolina, where she’s now a student at Guilford College, she sees how immigrant communities are marginalized by state policies.
Youth leaders from St. Louis; New Orleans; Greensboro, N.C.: Washington, D.C.; and Logan, W.Va., were hosted by the D.C. Peace and Economic Justice Program for a weeklong Human Rights Summit in Washington in June 2013.
Together the youth explored the U.N. Declaration on Human Rights, conducted research on a human rights issue in their respective community, and helped one another prepare for meetings with their Congressional representatives on Capitol Hill.
What would a just foreign policy look like? In this keynote address to Nebraskans for Peace, Kathleen McQuillen, AFSC Iowa Program Coordinator, explains why human rights at home and around the world must be our base.
What motivates young people to take action on their beliefs? Human rights learning, and the DC Human Rights project in particular, might be an important piece of the puzzle.
On March 28, 2013—a National Day to Demand Action on Gun Violence—Andy Bloom and Diana Chicas, 17-year-old students from Wilson High School in Washington, D.C., came to City Hall to speak with Councilwoman Mary Cheh about gun violence.
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