By Kathleen McQuillen, AFSC Iowa Program Coordinator
September's Iowa Peace Initiative Conference in Dubuque was the result of an AFSC call for a peace building conference among peace and justice organizations throughout the state. The conference was arranged with 25 co-sponsoring organizations for the weekend of the International Day of Peace.
I recently had the pleasure of making presentations to two very different groups, but both experiences were very heartening.
One group was made up of retired clergy, who had many years of preaching under their belts. I shared thoughts and hopes for peace. I discussed a quote from Antoine de Saint Exupéry, author of the The Little Prince, who once wrote “If you want to build a ship, don't drum up the men to gather wood, divide the work and give orders. Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea.”
Annie Frundle, an Avila University social work student, began working half-time with ASFC Kansas City as a social work intern in August. Annie has been learning about AFSC's work and assisted with preparations for the Crossroads peace festival on October 1.
Her placement requires both “macro” experiences (e.g. policy chance, organizing, public education, advocacy) and “micro” experiences (e.g. social work counseling, identification of needed services, etc.)
At the peace festival, Jon Krieg asked Annie why she's interning with AFSC.
BRUCE DIXON of Black Agenda Report will lead off a high-powered teach-in about the Obama administration's wars abroad and their affects there and at home. Black Agenda Report was an early left-wing critic of the Obama campaign, pointing out the "imperial consensus" of both major parties' desire to control huge sections of the world at the expense of most inhabitants here and abroad.
After nine years of war and too many vigils and rallies how do you mark yet another year of futile, tragic war? AFSC staff and volunteers in Kansas City decided to issue a “Report Card on the U.S. War in Afghanistan.”
The Report Card evaluates performance and progress in nine years of war and the impact the war has had on the Afghan people, U.S. troops and the U.S. economy.
Kansas City Celebrates Visions of Peace at the Crossroads
By Jon Krieg
If you happen to see Ira Harritt of AFSC coming your way in a U-Haul truck, get ready. With oversized signs and banners and tables and even a stage, there’ll likely be some big-time peacemaking filling the streets in no time.
Matthew Hoh, the first State Department official to resign in protest over U.S. policy in Afghanistan, will be the guest speaker at NH Peace Action's annual fundraiser. Appetizers and cash bar. Auction and raffle. Tickets $35, $10 for students.
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