In June of 2010 AFSC help three young people testify at a congressional briefing entitled Immigrant Detention and Family Separation: Not a Family Value. In the packed house were 17 congressional staffers and 13 representatives of advocacy organizations. Co-sponsors included Amnesty International, Families for Freedom, the Interfaith Immigration Coalition, the New Sanctuary Movement of New York and Wind of the Spirit.
Matching law students with GIs wanting out of the military may not seem a natural fit. But law students volunteering with AFSC’s San Francisco GI Rights hotline are finding the experience richly rewarding. “To start ending some of the hurt for people: that’s what I like about it,” says Jason Thomas, a second year student at University of California Hastings.
On Saturday December 4, 2010 at Coppin State University, youth advocates, social workers, writers, lawyers, entertainers, mothers, fathers, sisters and brothers came together to discuss how to make all youth feel safe and valued in our society. Youth Wellness and Equality Day was something you don’t see much in Baltimore: a day where people from all walks of life came together to support the lives of LGBTQ youth in the city.
Thank you to everyone that expressed interest in attending the Help Increase the Peace workshop here in Baltimore. Workshop is free (though donations are graciously accepted) and food will be provided. Training will take place at the AFSC Baltimore Office: 4806 York Rd.
KEITH ‘BEAR’ HARVEY was a scholarship football player on the Miami University of Ohio football team when its team name was the “Redskins.” His acceptance of that nickname changed following a conversation with a Native American classmate. Harvey’s commentary below explains why he joined the effort to change the team’s nickname.
AFSC's Keith Harvey, regional director for the Northeast, discusses "redskins," his childhood, and building the beloved community.
A few days ago, an article from the Lincoln County News landed on my desk. The article referenced the work of two of my staff in Maine, both Native women, and the struggle to address the racism embedded in the term “redskin.” When I read the words, “The people who want to change it should be shot,” I was instantly transported to my childhood.
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