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Staff remembrances of Michael McConnell part 1

AFSC Midwest Regional staff offer their remembrances of regional director Michael McConnell, who passed April 7, 2013. (Part 1)

We are the Midwest!

Hector Salamanca, an AFSC Iowa Dreamer and intern, reads a poem written by Michael McConnell to celebrate the creation of AFSC's Midwest Region in 2012. Michael was an AFSC regional director for 23 years until his passing April 7, 2013. AFSC has established the Michael McConnell Youth Internship Fund to help carry on Michael's passion for peace and justice. Here's the text of the poem:

Michael McConnell on the Power of One

Michael McConnell, former regional director of AFSC's Midwest Region, reminds us of the power each of us has to build peace and justice. This is 11 minutes of footage from Michael's Oct. 6, 2012 talk at a Windows and Mirrors reception held in the Des Moines Valley Friends Meetinghouse. Michael passed away April 7, 2013 after a courageous dance with cancer. Read more.

If I Had a Trillion Dollars

Three 15-year-olds from Virginia Beach Friends School in Virginia Beach, Va., share their views on how the U.S. could better spend the $1 trillion it spends yearly on the military.

Students on Spending: IHTD

College students in South Kingstown, R.I., weigh in on federal budget spending priorities. They call for more investment in education, health care, and infrastructure, and less in the military. 
A video produced by middle school students from the Whatsoever Community Center in Kansas City, Mo., a city with more than 2,000 homeless young people.

Wage Peace Video (2005)

This is a short video about the human cost of the Iraq war produced in 2005 as an online companion to AFSC's Eyes Wide Open exhibit. It was viewed more than 750,000 times during the next four years.


Produced in Brooklyn, N.Y., by youth in the Urban Arts Partnership.

AFSC Friend of a Friend: Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Tribunal 2013 (Baltimore, MD)

On January 21, 2013, AFSC's Friend of a Friend program led a Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day community tribunal at Mount Pleasant Baptist Church in Govans, Baltimore. Residents shared their experiences and concerns with the Maryland prison system and brainstormed strategies for making their voices heard. Slideshow edit: Isaac BunnPhotos: Bryan Vana

If I had a trillion dollars... Dear Secretary Duncan

Students in Boston produced this short video as an open letter to Education Secretary Arne Duncan.