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Youth who participated in the 2014 Social Change Institute spoke out about the need for social change and what they learned in the training.

The Institute was organized by the Kansas City Program of the American Friends Service Committee and took place from June 9 through June 20. The Institute's goals were to empower youth, increase their knowledge and skills of nonviolent social change and deepen their commitments to work for a better community and world.

As a final project youth held the Reverse the Power Festival that took place in Mill Creek Park, KCMO on June 20 and included youth speaking out, spoken word poetry, songs, bands and information tables. See more videos from the Festival at this link.

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"La vie après le conflit au Burundi: Aspects socio-économiques et la guérison du trauma" es un film documentaire qui montre comment une communauté peut être reconstruite avec succès, socialement et économiquement, après un conflit.

Le film montre une forte cohésion sociale entre des personnes affectées par la guerre et comment elles peuvent se reunir et devenir une force en se soutenant mutuellement. 

English version

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Immigrant youth, known as Dreamers, have help renewing their Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival status courtesy of Iowa Justice for Our Neighbors and AFSC. In this two-minute video, they talk about what Deferred Action has meant for them and why we need human immigration reform for everyone.

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"Life after conflict in Burundi: Socio-economics & trauma healing," produced by AFSC's Burundi program, highlights how people can come together after a conflict to rebuild their lives and communities—both socially and economically. 

Video production by Grands Lacs TV, Bujumbura, Burundi.

French version 

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In January, 2011, then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced a major U.S. foreign and military policy initiative: the diplomatic, economic and military pivot to Asia and the Pacific.  Building on the twenty-year old approach of engaging and containing China, the U.S. pursued active engagement with China on a range of issues on which they share common interests.  At the same time, with the Pivot the U.S. has been expanding and deepening its military alliances with many of China’s neighbors, building new military bases, committing to deploy 60% of the Navy and Air Force to Asia and the Pacific, and has adopted a new warfighting doctrine “Air-Sea Battle” to augment its regional hegemony.

This speech on the pivot by Joseph Gerson of AFSC’s Peace and Economic Security Program was prepared to help build peace movement capabilities to prevent war and to build common shared security solutions to Asia-Pacific tensions. For more detailed information, visit http://afsc.org/program/peace-economic-security-program or contact Joseph Gerson at JGerson@afsc.org.

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Arts Tech in Kansas City produced this video about the June 2014 "Visions of Peace at the Crossroads" festival organized by AFSC.

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The Central Valley is home to a large number of new immigrants and refugees. They are Latinos, indigenous Mexicans, Hmong, Cambodian, Laotian, Pakistani, Iranian, and many others. Even though they have made the Valley their home, others only see them as a problem and worse yet they are not seen as humans. Central Valley immigrants' role in society is underestimated and their cultural practices are often misunderstood, stereotyped, or criticized. Many don't see the cultural talents and political experience they have to offer. This short documentary, produced by the Pan Valley Institute of the American Friends Service Committee and the PAR team, helps us see inside the process of immigrants' integration into the new society and the cultural conflicts they encounter in such a process.

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Human Rights Learning participants at Dunbar High School in Washington, D.C. make a statement against bullying through their work with AFSC's DC Peace & Economic Justice Project.

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