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The first plastic army men were made during WWII. Making them out of this material helped conserve tin and other metals needed in the production of arms. During this time, they were still hand painted individually in the United States. Now they stand plain, unpainted, with modern weapons and fatigues, and are made in third world countries. They are very inexpensive and are sold mostly in supermarkets and dollar stores. I personally remember being a poor kid on welfare, and getting them regularly as gifts because they were one of the only toys my mother could afford.
AFSC South Region: Friend of a Friend Demetrius Jones describes his experience with AFSC's Friend of a Friend program in Baltimore, MD. Jones was incarcerated at the age of 15 and participated in a Friend of a Friend project. He continues to work with AFSC.
In this two-part video by Rodger Routh, John Dabeet, US Coordinator for UN recognition of a Palestinian state and a professor of economics at Muscatine Community College, offers his thoughts at the conclusion of a four-part AFSC series entitled "Palestine is Still the Issue." To view part two of John Dabeet's talk, click here.
A Peace Parade was led by Peace Planters one of over 30 groups supporting the AFSC organized Visions of Peace at the Crossroads Festival on June 1, 2012. The parade include giant puppets created by Joann McMillan and a song written by Nick Pick for the event. See a story about the Visions of Peace at the Crossroads Festival at this link.
A video produced by students in AFSC's Racial Justice Through Human Rights program who are participating in the Youth Media Advocacy Project, sponsored by Carlow University.
U.S. Veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan Return War Medals at NATO Summit

Where the Lettuce Comes From

This four minute video shows the AFSC New Mexico project "Agri-Cultura Network" that successfully brought small organic farmers together to sell to the local public schools.
A dialogue between Sociologist Johan Galtung, "father of Peace and Conflict Studies" and Amy Goodman of Democracy Now! entitled "Peace, Justice, Empire, and Occupation."
Fredi Reyes’ Letter to my country