Featuring some of the 65 young people who came to Washington, D.C. for the 2013 "If I Had a Trillion Dollars" film festival and leadership institute, this video won the People's Choice Award in the Looking @ Democracy contest.
After envisioning their ideal world—and forming a federal budget that reflected their priorities—the youth featured here talked to Congress, sharing ideas about how funding for education, homeless assistance, and the environment could improve communities.
From the immigration legislation in Congress currently to existing programs like Operation Streamline, private prison companies are pursuing the expansion of immigrant detention. AFSC's Caroline Isaacs explains some of these policies and how they impact immigrants and people living in border communities.
Young people in Seattle argue that funding should go to schools, not prisons.
They spoke to city council members and community leaders at the conclusion of the Tyree Scott Freedom School, held in summer 2013.
Participants from AFSC's Youth Undoing Institutional Racism and Juvenile Justice program were invited to deliver the keynote speech at the Seattle Race Conference in August 2013.
They spoke about their campaign to end the prison-industrial complex, and encounters in their daily lives that offer room for people to transform guilt into activism.
Short audio slide show featuring sights and sounds from the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington on Aug. 24, 2013, including excerpts from Rep. John Lewis.
Photographs: AFSC/Bryan Vana
Production: Madeline Schaefer
Tyree Scott Freedom School graduates present their thoughts and ideas on four topics: youth incarceration, youth poverty, education system and youth/Seattle Police Department relations.
In July 2013, AFSC's Midwest Regional Executive Committee and several senior AFSC staff traveled to Dayton, Ohio to learn more about AFSC's work in promoting the Welcome Dayton Plan and supporting the Harambee Coffee Roasters Cooperative.
In this three-minute video, Jackson Nsilulu describes the reasons for the cooperative and the values which support it.
"I want to thank you for your gracious and generous hospitality and support during my visit," said Hector Cortez, AFSC's new Deputy General Secretary, to Migwe Kimemia, who directs AFSC's work in Dayton. "I must tell you that I was very impressed with the incredible ministry you and other leaders have accomplished with the African Refugee work."
"The quality and depth of leaders who were around the table are a testament to your ability to bring a broad range of leaders from Dayton with the sole purpose of welcoming new refugees and making them a part of the community," Hector said. "Please know that I am a supporter and advocate of your work."
To view more photos of AFSC's meetings with civic, community, youth and refugee leaders in Dayton, click here.
Youth leaders from Logan, WV addressed the Senate Select Committee on Child Poverty on July 23, 2013. Scroll to the 31:35 mark to see Kristiana Drummer (11th grade) talk about juvenile justice reform, Jimetta Early (12th grade) talk about early childhood development, and Ciara Campbell (12th grade) talk about the need for sex education classes in order to prevent teen pregnancy. After they spoke, Senator Unger and Senator Stollings praised them for their leadership.
Arnie Alpert details how, through public education, a coalition working to stop the state from privatizing its prisons was able to shift public opinion and elected officials' position on the issue over the course of two years.
[Arnie offers a correction to his statement at 3:43: Caroline's speaking tour in New Hampshire was held in fall 2012, not 2011.]
AFSC's Linda Lewis shares photos from the day in May 2013 she spent seeing the sights in Pyongyang, DPRK (North Korea), where people were out rollerblading, playing cards, and boating in the Taedong River.