Peace is not just the absence of war. It means a sense of shared security, access to jobs, health care, education—a community that is cared for and valued.
In October 2013, 19 people from five continents traveled to the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates to represent the American Friends Service Committee. We asked them: "What would peace look like in your community?"
A new film from Caneyhead Pictures. Trailer follows:
In June of 2013 a group of peace activists set out for a walk across Iowa to protest the Predator drone control center planned for the Iowa National Guard Air Base in Des Moines.
Beginning at the arms depot at Rock Island Illinois and ending at the National Guard Air Base in Des Moines, the intimate journey of 25 peace pilgrims is documented in the film Walking the Walk: a March Against Drone Warfare. For two weeks and one hundred ninety-five miles, the walkers discuss their mission, their hopes, fears and outrage.
Among the walkers are a man just released from prison for attempting to deliver a letter to the commander of a drone base, a businessman who has left a lucrative career to walk and witness for peace, veterans who have witnessed war first hand and a lawyer and former government official deeply concerned with the legality of the United States' drone strike program.
In discussions with locals they meet and public presentations in libraries, parks and colleges we hear the issue of armed drone strikes and assassinations discussed in all their ethical complexity. Medea Benjamin, co-founder of the world-wide peace action organization Code Pink called the film "Wonderful... Fantastic... Brilliant, it gets out so much info in such a humanizing way. And so beautifully filmed."
Dustin Washington, Community Justice Program Director for AFSC's West Region, shares three tips for anti-racist organizing based on his experience as an organizer with the Tyree Scott Freedom School.
For over 12 years, the Tyree Scott Freedom School has been teaching young people in the Seattle area about institutional racism and community organizing.
In this eight-minute video, Mama Nozipo Glenn of Dayton, Ohio talks about growing up in Apartheid South Africa and her 38-year relationship with AFSC.
Mama Nozipo currently serves on AFSC's Midwest Region Executive Committee and the board of the Harambee Coffee Roasters Cooperative. She is also president of the Miami Valley African Organization.
Comments by Ira Harritt, KC AFSC Program Coordinator at November 10 Turning Combat Boots Into Ploughshares event.
Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013
2 p.m. Eastern time
Immigration policies and strategies that rely on military-style enforcement have created a human rights disaster along the U.S./Mexico border.
Now Congress—in the guise of immigration policy reform—is mulling a taxpayer-funded bonanza for private contractors tucked into so-called “border security” proposals. By gearing up to create one of the world’s most militarized borders, Congress plans to line the pockets of contractors seeking their next windfall. What’s at risk is more than humane immigration reforms—it’s our democracy itself.
In Boots on the Border, four AFSC experts will discuss the implications and impact of these proposals.
Interns with AFSC's Criminal Justice Program in Michigan share their thoughts about prisons and why we should care about the people within them.
AFSC's Michigan Criminal Justice Program advocates for over 1,500 Michigan prisoners and their families each year, building an advocacy network throughout the state. The program encourages dialogue among prisoners and the general public, and works for humane reform of the criminal justice system, and for the rights of prisoners.
In this three-minute video, Jessica Alaniz, an intern with AFSC Chicago's Youth Peacebuilding and Justice Program, describes her work with AFSC and her motivation for it. Jessica will be among several AFSC young people attending the 13th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates on October 21-23 in Warsaw, Poland.
IHTD is the annual If I Had A Trillion Dollars national youth film festival.
We ask youth ages 23 years old and younger, "If YOU had the power to choose, how would you spend 1 trillion dollars? What could that money do for your family, for your community, for your nation, or for the world?"
More information on how to submit at www.ihtd.org.
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Kasiem Aboti Walters
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And many thanks to all of the participants of the 3rd annual "If I had a Trillion Dollars" Youth Film Festival!