Reflections on National Action to Realize the Dream
I have been reflecting on the importance of the National Action to Realize the Dream march on August 24, 2013, in Washington, D.C. It was a huge, very diverse march with people coming from all over the country to be part of a historic event.
Why does it feel that while the movement is still alive, the energy and vision are missing?
AFSC’s Peace and Economic Security Program, based in Cambridge, has been busy building social and political movements across a wide range of issues. Our staff – Joseph Gerson, Paul Shannon, and Stephen G. Cary Fellow Sofia Wolman – work as a team to move our nation to prioritize human needs over military-industrial complex wars and profits. See the attached document for an update on our staff's work to change policy and build the movement for peace and justice in Boston and beyond.
Sign Petition to Defend Article 9 of Japan's Constitution!
I am writing to urge your support for an international petition campaign to defend Japan’s Peace Constitution. The petition, designed to press Japanese Prime Minister Abe not to amend Japan's Peace clause, Article 9 was initiated by the Peaceboat organization in Japan.
As you may know, Japan will hold elections of the Upper House of the Diet on July 21.
Kansas City Area School and Youth Groups are Invited to take advantage of powerful opportunity for youth develolpment and leadership
AFSC's Youth Civic Engagement work in Kansas City had a great year and we are looking for groups to collaborate with for programs for 2013-2014. We anticipate that after this year's excellent experiences we will have many more requests from groups wishing to participate next year, so contact us soon.
In response to the misdirected federal budget debate and actions in Washington, D.C. and the disastrous impact it is having on our community and economy, the Kansas City AFSC has organized a Move the Money resolution campaign.
Sample Letter to the Editor - Korea Tensions
Please modify as is appropriate:
To the editor,
The first step to solving a problem is often to stop making it worse (indeed, the first rule of holes is when you find yourself in a hole, stop digging). This certainly applies to the current situation on the Korean Peninsula.
Scilla and Paul Wahrhaftig will be speaking on What is the Conflict Resolver’s Role in a Violent Conflicted Society? at the annual conference of the Pennsylvania Council of Mediators in Harrisburg, Pa. Scilla is program director of AFSC's Pennsylvania program.
Scilla and Paul are being honored with the Peace Maker of the Year award in recognition of their long-term contributions to peacemaking and the conflict resolution movement.
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