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By Sterling Duns
Published: December 10, 2014

The human experience is a beautifully complex one. In our 21st century lives, it seems that our online newspapers, twitter feeds, and emails are filled with stories of hate, injustice, oppression and violence. We often need to look a little deeper to find the stories of hope, faith, compassion, and love, and by the time we get to them, we are often too weighed down with challenging stories to recognize the uplifting ones. But we must be resilient. We must stay encouraged.

But what will prepare us to take hold of the delicate corners of our lives, our communities, our...

By Madeline Smith-Gibbs
Published: December 3, 2014

This is the final in a series about Quaker healing justice work, including Quaker activist J. Jondhi Harrell and AFSC’s Lewis Webb.  I interviewed Marshall “Eddie” Conway at his office at the Baltimore Real News station, where he works as a TV producer when he’s not organizing at AFSC’s Baltimore office. 

I’m nearly the same age that Eddie was when he was...

By Bonnie Kerness & Lia Lindsey
Published: December 2, 2014

Note: Recently Lia Lindsey, Policy Impact Coordinator for AFSC, traveled to Geneva with a delegation to testify to the UN Committee against Torture about solitary confinement in the United States. She joined many others, including Mike Brown's parents, to bring the voices of those most impacted to the halls of the United Nations to consider actions to disrupt injustice, including solitary confinement, in the United States. - Lucy

“All of these people are going to talk?  How are they going to do that?” says an incredulous UN staff member as we walk into a room at the...
By Sahar Vardi
Published: November 26, 2014

Sahar Vardi is AFSC's Israel Program Director and has worked closely with youth who refuse to serve in Israel's military. Here, she explains the politics behind Israel's new "Draft-Dodgers Law."  Learn more about AFSC's Israel program here.

Last week, while clashes in East Jerusalem took place surrounding the funeral of Yusuf al-Ramouni, and as the government was busy arguing about the...

By Mati Gomis-Perez
Published: November 25, 2014

Note: Mati Gomis-Perez is the director of AFSC's office in east Jerusalem. Here she writes about what it's like to live there, especially now as the tension and violence has heightened in the aftermath of the Gaza bombardment and the confiscation of 1,000 acres of land in the West Bank. - Lucy

As violence spiraled over the summer, tensions rose in Jerusalem. What started in early summer makes its way into the holy city. Many may think that this is another wave of violence that will end in the coming months and things will go back to "normal." The "normal" situation in...