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Called by God: an interview with Migwe Kimemia

By: Kadija Diallo
Published: May 29, 2015
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Kadija Diallo serves as a Friends Relations volunteer in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She has worked with numerous organizations advocating everything from improving judiciaries to fighting for gender equality and global peace. She firmly believes in the goodness of humanity and our ability to improve each other’s lives. She holds a BA in Political Science from Temple University in Philadelphia.

Family immigrant detention centers: The new internment camps

By: Mich Gonzalez
Published: May 26, 2015
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Mich Gonzalez joined the Immigrant Rights Program in Newark in February 2015 to provide legal services to immigrants in detention and facing deportation.  Ms. Gonzalez is working with AFSC’s new initiative representing indigent immigrants in a public defender model.  The program is the first of its kind in New Jersey and only the second in the country. Since March, the initiative has helped over 80 immigrants in their deportation defense. 

Ms. Gonzalez obtained her JD from Cardozo Law School and is a licensed attorney in New York.  Prior to joining AFSC, she worked with Immigration Equality representing LGBT immigrants seeking asylum and other immigration protections.  She has testified before the NY City Council Committee on Immigration regarding the use of solitary confinement in detention.   

Collective power for migrant justice: An interview with AFSC Intern Saul Aleman

By: Greg Elliott
Published: May 21, 2015
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Greg serves as the Friends Relations Associate for AFSC in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Born and raised in rural Northeastern Pennsylvania, Greg grew up attending North Branch Friends Meeting at the Curtis family farm in the Poconos. Over the last ten years, he has facilitated numerous workshops for activists and Friends on a variety of topics, including anti-oppression activism, empire, and the "Inquirer's Weekend" at Pendle Hill with Trayce Peterson. Greg currently lives in the Germantown neighborhood of Philadelphia. 

#BlackLivesMatter: From Baltimore to Jerusalem

By: Sahar Vardi
Published: May 13, 2015
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Sahar Vardi has served three prison sentences for her refusal to be conscripted into Israel's military service. She works with other refusers and serves as Coordinator of AFSC's Israel program in east Jerusalem.

Thoughts on Black/Brown unity: A poem

By: Pablo Paredes & Ericson Amaya
Published: May 7, 2015
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Pablo Paredes is a Conscientious Objector to war in all forms.  In 2004 Paredes made headlines as US Navy Sailor who refused to board a naval vessel with a mission to ferry 1000+ marines to Iraq.  Paredes was then court-martialed and eventually discharged from the Navy after serving a sentence of 3 months hard labor, 2 months restriction, and reduction in rank to the navy's lowest pay grade.  Since obtaining his freedom from the armed forces Pablo has dedicated himself to building youth power in communities of color to challenge militarism, racism and xenophobia.  The 31 year old has spoken at hundreds of High Schools in several states as well as in Puerto Rico.  Son of an Ecuadorian (im)migrant father and a Puerto Rican mother, Paredes has always had a deep understanding and passion for migrant justice issues.  His wife became undocumented in the first years of their relationship.  His family lived the fear of the possibility of raids and checkpoints destroying their young family.  In 2010 he brought together a core group of high school aged (im)migrant youth to begin the 67 Sueños collective with AFSC. The goal of this migrant youth organizing project is to build migrant youth leadership and advocacy skills while providing work experience and summer paid internships for undocumented youth. 

Ericson Amaya is a member participant in AFSC’s 67 Sueños program.  He is from Oakland and is an accomplished poet and community organizer in his own right.

[Updated] Oscar's story: Help stop a deportation

By: Lori Fernald Khamala
Published: April 10, 2015
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Lori Fernald Khamala is the director of the North Carolina Immigrant Rights Program for the American Friends Service Committee in Greensboro.   A native of North Carolina, she grew up in the Charlotte Friends Meeting and later studied Spanish at Guilford College and spent time in Guadalajara, Mexico. She spent nearly eight years advocating for the rights of migrant and seasonal farmworkers in North Carolina and mobilizing the faith and secular community to support farmworker justice.  Currently, she is working to involve the Quaker and broader community in creating a more welcoming and compassionate environment for immigrants in our community, and to support fair and humane immigration policy at local, state and national levels. Lori has a beautiful and charming seven-year old daughter who occupies all her non-working time.

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