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Gaza one year on: Does the world wake up?

Thursday (July 16th) was the anniversary of the death of the four Bakr boys who were shot and killed by an Israeli gunboat operator on the beach in Gaza as international reporters staying at the al-Deira hotel looked on.

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Children walking through the rubble of Gaza

Children walking through the rubble of Gaza

Children walking through the rubble of Gaza

How Quakers can help end mass incarceration

AFSC has been collaborating with QuakerSpeak, a project of Friends Journal, on several videos about issues on which AFSC works and how Quakers can support change. The second video in the series of three reflects on "How Quakers can help end mass incarceration" and features AFSC staff members Laura Magnani, Farajii Mohammed, and Lewis Webb.

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 Another Quaker working to end mass incarceration

Another Quaker working to end mass incarceration

On Charleston: Will we answer forgiveness with repentance?

“I don’t believe slavery ended in 1865, I believe it just evolved.” – Bryan Stevenson

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Know their names

Know their names with Mother Emanuel AME Church drawing

Know their names with Mother Emanuel AME Church drawing

Occupied Susiya: Walk with us

Update: In May the Israeli High Court of Justice turned down a request for a judicial order to halt the demolition of the West Bank village of Susiya. Up to 100 homes are under threat for demolition at any time by the civil administrations of Judae and Samaria. The high court judge, Noam Sohlberg, who refused the request for the judicial order is himself a resident of an illegal West Bank settlement. The residents of Susiya hold deeds to the land going back to the Ottoman era, but Israeli authorities say the residents did not have permits to build their current structures.

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Susiya forever

Susiya forever

Susiya forever

Spirit uprising: a poem

Note: This is a poem I wrote for the New Year.  - Lucy

It rained all day on Christmas Eve this year

The sun slanted in the morning

I rode around the burial ground, circling

The mud clung to my tires

A brown leaf stuck in the spokes, ssshhh

The bare trees’ branches rested like bones

The damp earth waits

Holding sorrow, holding promise

 

A week ago I sat on the stairs in a church in West Philly

All the seats were taken

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Organizing with the Spirit

Note: In this post I tell just a bit of the story of the commutation of the death penalty sentence of Randy Reeves. I drew from many sources for this piece, including an excellent article that was in PeaceWork magazine and an article published by Common Dreams.

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Randy Reeves

Randy Reeves

Randy Reeves

The courageous many: Undoing racism as a spiritual practice

It’s been a hard summer. From the bombardment on Gaza to the refugee children on the border to Ferguson, it feels as though the world is cracking apart and oppressive policies and the militaries or police that protect them are proceeding with impunity. The consequences of the twisted systems in which we live are being exposed. People all over the world are crying out for justice and connecting their struggles.  
 
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Sarah Grimke

Sarah Grimke

Sarah Grimke

A hurricane of Spirit to end the occupation of Palestine

“How good it is, how pleasant for God’s people to live in unity.” – Psalm 133:1

The first time I experienced a gathered meeting was at Mid-Year Meeting of Iowa Yearly Meeting Conservative. We were in an old meeting house up on a hill that overlooked the prairie.  It was a windy day. As we sat in meeting for worship, the wind whipped around us.  The silence was deep and rich. As the wind swirled, stirring up dust and bringing a breeze into the meeting house, I could sense the Spirit also moving in the room. I felt as though we were one body, coming together.

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How good it is to live in unity...

How good it is to live in unity...

"How good it is to live in unity... " a tile from Jerusalem Pottery

The disappearance of Sombath Somphone: an Interview with Ng Shui Meng

I talked recently with Ng Shui Meng, the wife of Sombath Somphone, a Laotian man and close associate of AFSC who ran civil society programs in Laos until he disappeared in December, 2012. Despite having close circuit television footage documenting his abduction, the Laotian government has denied any knowledge of Sombath Somphone’s whereabouts. Shui Meng came to the United States recently to request the assistance of AFSC, Amnesty International, Quakers and others to take action to support the return of Sombath Somphone.  

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Sombath Somphone’s portrait

Sombath Somphone’s portrait in Great Men and Women of Asia: Ramon Magsaysay Awardees from Southeast Asia 1990-2005.

Where is Sombath?

People holding signs in support of the release of Sombath Somphone.

Quaker practice unbound from belief

I started taking yoga again a few months ago in a well lit, open studio in west Philadelphia. The teacher started the class by saying that yoga isn’t a religion; it is a spiritual practice open to all. When she introduced each standing pose, she talked about how important alignment is: that taking time to pay attention and settle into the pose with attention makes all the difference in how you practice yoga and in the benefits you receive from it. 

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Quaker meeting sign by Stephen Coles

Quaker meeting sign by Stephen Coles

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