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By Stephen McNeil
Published: July 24, 2015

"Cursed be he that smiteth his neighbor secretly." -- Deuteronomy 27:24

Some believe that drone attacks save U.S. lives because they do not rely on "boots on the ground" and thus service members are spared death and injury.

But what about other people's lives? Recently, as a Quaker and an American Friends Service Committee staff member, I joined a gathering of 150 interfaith folk at Princeton Theological Seminary to consider that very question.

Lethal drones are used in Pakistan, Somalia and Yemen precisely because "boots on the ground" would be impractical in those...

By Lucy Duncan
Published: July 17, 2015

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.  Last month after an extensive investigation, the Israeli military exonerated itself and deemed the incident a “tragic accident.”...

By Lucy Duncan
Published: July 12, 2015

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. The video includes a link to...

By Lucy Duncan
Published: July 2, 2015

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

I've been having a couple of weeks of mixed emotions. When I heard the Supreme Court had finally decided that gay and lesbian couples can marry, my heart leapt with joy. It's personal for me. Though I'm married to a man, I'm bisexual, and it means a lot to me that if I had a lifelong partner who was a woman, I could have married her. Now my son can marry whomever he loves....

By Glenn E. Martin
Published: June 26, 2015

Glenn E. Martin presented at the recent conference on Ending Mass Incarceration & the New Jim Crow at Pendle Hill. Glenn is formerly incarcerated and runs an organization JustLeadershipUSA, whose mission is to reduce the rate of incarceration by half by 2030 drawing on the leadership of people formerly and currently...