AFSC Volunteer Commitment: From Chicago to the Capital

Chicago AFSC volunteers are living out the motto made famous by anthropologist Margaret Meade: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”

A History of Hope and Empowerment in Palestine

Tuesday, March 29, 2011 - 7:00pm

Dr. Mazin Qumsiyeh, a Palestinian professor, author and activist currently living in Palestine (the occupied West Bank) will be spea about conditions in the Occupied Territories and about his new book, Popular Resistance in Palestine: A History of Hope and Empowerment.  There will be Q and A following his talk, as well as books available for purchase and signing.

Campus Organizing Conference: Motivation for Action

by Sarah El Neweihi

When I first heard about the Campus Organizing Conference, I must admit I was a bit skeptical.  I have attended numerous conferences related to working for peace and justice in Palestine/Israel, and, while enjoyable, I never felt that I learned anything from the conferences that could be applied in a practical manner.  Happily, this was not the case at the Campus Organizing Conference held by the American Friends Service Committee on March 5th in Washington, DC. 

Campus Organizing Conference

Anna Baltzer and Sarah El Neweihi (right) meet at the Campus Organizing conference.

Campus Organizing Conference Panel One

Campus activists discuss organizing successes.

Congressional Briefing: How US Policy Impacts Us

Participants at the Congressional Hearings

Laila El-Haddad, Helena Cobban and Elik Elhanan at the Congressional Briefing.

The 10th Annual Chicago Palestine Film Festival

Friday, April 15, 2011 (All day) - Wednesday, April 27, 2011 (All day)

he Chicago Palestine Film Festival committee happily announces the selections and schedule for the 10th annual film festival in Chicago this spring. This year’s lineup includes various works from Palestinian, American, European and other filmmakers. The festival will take place from April 15 - 27 at the Gene Siskel Film Center.
The opening night feature will be Zahara by acclaimed director Mohammad Bakri. The Chicago Palestine Film Festival will host an opening night reception prior to the film at the Gene Siskel Film Center beginning at 6:30 PM.

Congressional Briefing: How US Policy Impacts Us

Tuesday, March 8, 2011 - 9:00am - 10:30am

Chicago Hearing

Mock Congressional Hearing held in Chicago, April 2010.


US Policy in Palestine-Israel: Engaging Faith Communities in Pursuit of a Just Peace 2011

Friday, October 14, 2011 (All day) - Saturday, October 15, 2011 (All day)

Please visit or see the attached flyer for more schedule information. The conference will run 12:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 14 and 8:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 15.

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