Arts Tech in Kansas City produced this video about the June 2014 "Visions of Peace at the Crossroads" festival organized by AFSC.
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.
Recorded Live on June 16 2014.
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.
Mary Zerkel points out that the track record of corporate influence on foreign policy and prisons makes a strong argument against involving profit-driven defense contractors in border enforcement.
Are you looking to start a conversation in your meeting/group around drones? Interested in a survey of the drone program for class discussion?Concerned about the impact of the drone war on communities around the world? If so, Drones 101 is for you.
The presentation outlines the evolution of the U.S. drone program, provides an explanation of whom it targets and how, and surveys the countries where drones are being used. While a great deal of documentation has been made available through the work of human rights agencies and news reports, this remains a covert program with many questions unanswered. It was only in April 2012 that the Obama administration admitted for the first time that armed drones were used to target and kill individuals in countries with whom we are not at war.
Drones 101 looks at the power of the Congressional drone caucus and the increasing dependence of the Air Force on unmanned vehicles -- 50 percent of the fleet by 2018 -- and exposes the enormous profits being made by drone manufactures. Profit-making and current policies of secrecy have ushered in a new era of military violence.
The presentation puts the drone war in the context of the 2001 Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF) and ends with an appeal to confront the military industrial complex by “moving the money” out of the Pentagon and into programs that address human needs.
This is a resource that groups can use to start a conversation or deepen an existing campaign.
27 minutes. Available online and on DVD.
More than half the federal discretionary budget goes to the Pentagon, leaving less than half for everything else, and forcing communities across the country to struggle with cuts to education, healthcare, job programs and other crucial services. The American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) and partners from across the country are working to change these priorities and “move the money.”
Since 2011, the If I Had a Trillion Dollars youth film festival (sponsored by AFSC and the National Priorities Project) has engaged young people in creating videos to show how they would allocate the federal budget to better serve their communities. Their honest, moving, entertaining—and sometimes emotional—responses reflect the neglect felt by those cut out of our nation’s budget priorities—as well as a youthful vision of a better future.
The videos in this collection, selected from several years of the IHTD youth film festival, make a compelling case to “move the money” from military spending to meeting human needs. They are ideal for use with schools, churches and community groups.
For more resources and action opportunities to change budget priorities:
For more information on the If I Had A Trillion Dollars youth film festival (including how to submit videos): www.ihtd.org
A young Orthodox Jew declared his refusal to serve in the Israeli Army late last month. Uriel Ferara, an 18-year old Israeli, was consequently sentenced to a first prison term of 20 days. He is currently in solitary confinement in military prison, and upon his release, he will most likely be sentenced to another prison term.
Uriel joins Omar Sa’ad, a Palestinian-Druze citizen who is serving his seventh consecutive prison term amounting to more than 130 days in total.
Sahar Vardi, AFSC’s Israel Program Coordinator, had the chance to record the demonstration that took place on April 27, 2014 in front of the military base of Tel Ha-Shomer. Families and friends of Uriel Ferera and Omar Sa’ad showed up in front of this base, to express their refusal to serve the occupation and oppress the Palestinian people.
For more information about Uriel and other young Israelis refusing military service, visit: https://www.facebook.com/refusingIDF and http://972mag.com/watch-idf-to-jail-ultra-orthodox-jew-for-refusing-to-serve-the-occupation/90063/