This week I have reflected on the work of two AFSC interns in Kansas City who have completed their work with us over the past school year. I have also wished them well in their next endeavor and know they will be doing good things! Annie Frundle, our social work intern from Avila University, and Matthew Burton, our Campus Peace Intern from Park University, have each significantly contributed to our work for peace.

Matt established a Peace Club, which was recently given an award for being the best small club on the Park University campus. He and club members organized documentary film showings, a display of the Eyes Wide Open and War Within exhibits, a Peace T-shirt contest and much more.

Annie supported many KC program activities including the Visions of Peace at the Crossroads Festival, the MLK Strength to Love Forum and the Tax$ for Human Need demonstration. She researched and updated our War Within: Veteran Suicide exhibit and arranged for its display at UMKC and for a JCCC 11/2011 Veterans Day exhibit. She also provided social work support for an Iraqi refugee family, helping them overcome the challenges of making a new life here in Kansas City.

We appreciate and are uplift by all of their work, their enthusiasm and their commitment to peace!

Almost at the same time we have welcomed two new peace interns who have recently begun work with AFSC. Elizabeth Tembo, our Youth Outreach Peace Intern, will be working with high school-aged youth. She will involve youth in making murals as part of the KC display of the Windows and Mirrors: Reflections on the War in Afghanistan exhibit  and the ”If I Had A Trillion Dollars” Youth Film Festival.  Jonathan Piedemonte, our Campus Peace at UMKC, with Annie Frundle, has already arranged for the display of the War Within: Veteran Suicide exhibit to take place April 29 on the UMKC campus. We are looking forward to working with Elizabeth and Jonathan through the summer and into the fall.

And we are starting the search for peace interns for the 2011-2012 school year. Applications will be due by June 2, 2011. Students committed to working for peace who will be attending a Kansas City area college or university in the 2011-2012 school year can find out how to apply for our paid campus peace internship by going to: http://afsc.org/document/kc-campus-peace-intern-2011-2012

In addition to the work with interns we are planning expanded work on military spending and U.S. budget priorities; and beginning planning for the October 2011 Visions of Peace festival and the November 2011 Windows and Mirrors: Reflections on the War in Afghanistan mural exhibit.  We are looking for dedicated people to work with us on these three campaigns! You may be just the person who can make these campaigns even more successful than we imagine! Contact us if you can help – 816 931-5256 / afsckc@afsc.org 

Please weigh in and get involved in the peace and justice campaigns in our area. Thank you for your support and work for a peaceful and just community and world.

Peace,

Ira Harritt, KC AFSC Program Coordinator

iharritt@afsc.org   816 931-5256