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Check out this Move the Money video created by Debbie Southorn of AFSC Chicago.

In April 2014, young people from across the country demonstrated in Washington, DC because they want to fund programs in their communities. They demand money for homes, schools, community centers and green technology instead of warfare and weapons. Feed people, not the Pentagon.

As the young people say, “We are unstoppable, another world is possible.”

Militarization is one aspect of Israeli society that AFSC is trying to challenge through its Israel Program. Israel Social TV, which works to promote social change and rights tries to mobilize its viewers towards activism and a more democratic society.

This month, the voice of the Druze Palestinian group was amplified through the production of a series of five episodes (http://tv.social.org.il/en/the-druze) which look at how the Druze community is fragmented from the rest of Palestinians and how marginalized a group they have become. The Druze community is subject to mandatory conscription in the Israeli Army creating a rift between the Druze and fellow Palestinians living inside Israel.

AFSC funded the production of this video as part of its Israel Program and hopes to  expose the youth to other alternatives other than national and civil service. Both the human and economic costs of the military budget needs to be challenged so that the dominant narrative of linking citizenship, militarization and security is changed.

For more on the Israel Program, please contact: Sahar Vardi at SVardi@afsc.org.

 

 

Militarization is one aspect of Israeli society that AFSC is trying to challenge through its Israel Program. Israel Social TV, which works to promote social change and rights tries to mobilize its viewers towards activism and a more democratic society.

 

This month, the voice of the Druze Palestinian group was amplified through the production of a series of five episodes (http://tv.social.org.il/en/the-druze) which look at how the Druze community is fragmented from the rest of Palestinians and how marginalized a group they have become. The Druze community is subject to mandatory conscription in the Israeli Army creating a rift between the Druze and fellow Palestinians living inside Israel.

 

AFSC funded the production of this video as part of its Israel Program and hopes to  expose the youth to other alternatives other than national and civil service. Both the human and economic costs of the military budget needs to be challenged so that the dominant narrative of linking citizenship, militarization and security is changed.

 

For more on the Israel Program, please contact: Sahar Vardi at SVardi@afsc.org.

 

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Frank Hribar from Mentor, Judy Kramer from Chagrin Falls, Carla Rautenberg from Cleveland Heights and Rose & Jack Petsche from Brecksville speak at the Shaker Heights Move to Amend meeting on December 4, 2014.

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Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 7:00pm

Speakers: 
Elaine Scarry
Walter M. Cabot Professor of Aesthetics and General Theory of Value; Harvard University

James Walsh
Security Studies Program, MIT

Co-sponsored by MIT's Technology & Culture Forum and Massachusetts Peace Action

Held in honor of International Day for the Complete Elimination of Nuclear Weapons

Elaine Scarry is the Walter M. Cabot Professor of Aesthetics and the General Theory of Value at Harvard University. Scarry is the author of eight books, most recently Thermonuclear Monarchy. In it, she contends that nuclear weapons eliminate the citizenry and the legislature from the sphere of decision-making about war. Scarry shows how elements of the US Constitution can be used as tools to abolish nuclear weapons.

Jim Walsh is a Research Associate in MIT’s Security Studies Program. He is an expert in international security and has been to both Iran and North Korea to discuss nuclear issues. He has testified in Congress and written many articles and books about nuclear weapons. He will talk about his recent meeting with Iran’s President Rouhani, the current situation of the nuclear weapons states, and the challenges and opportunities facing disarmament.

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Ron Simpson-Bey of AFSC's Michigan Criminal Justice Program discusses the Good Neighbor Project, which applies restorative justice practices in a one-on-one co-mentorship between inmates and community volunteers. Ron presented at the Washtenaw County Dispute Resolution Center on December 3, 2014.

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In 2014, AFSC held the first St. Louis Freedom School and formed a chapter of Youth Undoing Institutional Racism. These programs, based on the model of AFSC’s Seattle program, build an analysis of how poverty and violence in St. Louis relate to a history of structural and institutional racism. As these programs grow, participants will implement projects that challenge racism nonviolently. 

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For more stories like Pablo’s, from other inspiring change makers, please visit afsc.org/changemakers.

AFSC Iowa's Immigrants Voice Program participants have created this Spanish-language video encouraging people to vote for the issues they care about.

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On July 22, 2014, T.J. Spytma was released from prison in Michigan after serving 40 years. Four days later, in this four-minute video, T.J. describes the parole process in Michigan and why AFSC's Parole Readiness Workshops are so important. His remarks were addressed to AFSC's Midwest Regional Executive Committee meeting at Quaker House in Ann Arbor.

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