Youth from different faiths, together lift the peace torch and wish for peace in Archipelago.
Hundreds of people gathered recently in the Tegal Terban field of, Yogyakarta, Indonesia to watch the Archipelago Cultural Festival. It featured numerous cultural performances by students and groups from all over Indonesia, and culminated in a commemoration of the Youth Pledge Day celebrating unity and nationalism.
The youth group Archipelago Rainbow Circle, Terban village residents and Jorje TV Station collaborated to produce the festival.
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With President Obama's confirmation that all US troops will leave Iraq by the end of the year it's time again to consider the human and financial costs of war. More than $1 trillion have been spent on Iraq and Afghanistan, just imagine what benefit that money could have wrought. It’s time to hear what young people – who will be paying for these wars for years to come – have to say about how best to remedy the distorted spending priorities shown in the current federal budget.
AFSC is be hosting its ArtWalk Exhibit entitled "My Voice" and connecting it to the "If not war" theme. Students will be on hand to discuss their work, and how our country could have addressed a number of national and local issues instead of war. LA Downtown ArtWalk attracts several thousands of people as a free, public event every month.
There is a powerful witness to community and the struggle for migrant justice in the form of a massive mural in San Francisco. The 100 foot wide by 30 foot tall mural illustrates that undocumented youth all have dreams and that no human being is illegal.
The police took away his shirt, which had three bullet holes. So says Carlos Gomez who survived a shooting outside of his public high school in Los Angeles. He quickly found himself expelled and had to scramble to find another school. Now a senior at Central High School, he’s seen too much of his neighborhood devastated by gang violence, too much prejudice based simply on someone’s neighborhood, too much abandoned property, too much discouragement.
It’s a small, very functional tool found in most American homes: a flashlight. When the electricity goes out, its beam is helpful, even comforting. And in communities in Haiti, flashlights can mean the difference between danger and safety.
Children in Baltimore are developing conflict resolution skills using games, discussions, role-playing, and other activities, in a program which stems from AFSC’s conviction that nonviolence and community participation can better both individuals, communities, and our world.
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