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"If I Had a Trillion Dollars: Chicago"

AFSC Summer Institute

Darrin Thomas and Bishnu Poudyel

Chicago, IL

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This video was produced by the Carpenters Union to publicize unjust treatment of workers in Durham, NH. 

Sunday, January 14, 2012, 1:00 p.m. Raed Jarrar is an Iraqi-Palestinian architect, blogger and political analyst who was in Iraq during the U.S. invasion in 2003 and has recentlyreturned from another trip. He is a former AFSC and Peace Action staff person who provided constant briefings to peace activists throughout the war as well as working with Congressman Delahunt's office to develop opposition to the war in Congress. He collected his and his family's blog posts into The Iraq War Blog, An Iraqi Family's Inside View of the First Year of the Occupation, published as a book in 2008.

This event was organized by OCCUPY BOSTON - FREE SCHOOL UNIVERSITY

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AFSC’s Arnie Alpert discusses the real message of  Martin Luther King Day.

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AFSC’s Arnie Alpert discusses how the Occupy movement impacted the New Hampshire primary.

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Film showing American Friends Service Committee work in France during World War II. Howard Kershner, director of the program provides explanation of the work and where Quaker programs were established. Includes footage of feeding programs and children's colonies in France. Featured is footage of the La Rouviere Children's Colony located outside Marseille, France.

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At AFSC we believe that to have peace, we have to have justice. Through the Arab Spring and the emergence of the Occupy Movement we have seen a groundswell for support of the idea that justice includes economic issues, not just legal ones.  In the videos below, General Secretary Shan Cretin talks about AFSC's work for economic justice through support for local opportunities around the world.

Occupy Movement

As Occupy Wall Street grew into the larger Occupy Movement, AFSC offices across the US provided support and trainings when asked by local groups.  We are excited by this powerful nonviolent witness against economic injustice.


In Africa, AFSC works with local communities as they develop opportunities to improve their economies, and take control of their futures.  Here, Shan Cretin talks about her visit to the Hatcliffe Extension in Harare, Zimbabwe, and AFSC's support for progress in that community.

New Mexico

In New Mexico, AFSC works with small farmers to create food security and economic opportunity. Now small organic farms are producing food for growers and for sale at local farm stands. And they are also providing organic vegetables to local public schools.

Native Iowans Cindy and Craig Corrie are the parents of human rights activist and observer Rachel Corrie who, on March 16, 2003, was killed by an Israeli military Caterpillar D9R bulldozer in the Gaza Strip as she tried to prevent the demolition of a Palestinian family’s home. Motivated by their daughter's work and example, the Corries have dedicated themselves to the pursuit of justice and peace in the Middle East and have made numerous visits to the region, spending time in Israel, the West Bank, Gaza, Egypt, and Turkey.

The Corries have continued to seek accountability in the case of their daughter’s 2003 death and to challenge U.S. foreign policy in Palestine-Israel through efforts with the U.S. Congress, U.S. Departments of State and Justice, the Israeli Government, the Israeli and U.S. court systems, and at the corporate headquarters of Caterpillar, Inc.

The Corries spoke in Des Moines at an AFSC event on December 5, 2011. Video courtesy Des Moines videographer Rodger Routh.


[Update] The sister of a 5-year-old girl being treated for a life-threatening case of leukemia has been granted a temporary visa to try and save her sister’s life. “This gives her hope for life,” says Mariam Habib of the AFSC who had formally applied for humanitarian parole for the little girl.

Read more [Fox News Latino]

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Tips on how to make a video from development to the final product.

This is a great tool to help in creating an entry for the "If I Had A Trillion Dollars" Youth Film Festival.

Learn more about the festival and how to enter.

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