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In 2010, Border Patrol agents beat and shocked Anastasio Hernandez Rojas with a stun gun at the San Ysidro port of entry near San Diego, California. He died three days later. An autopsy report ruled his death a homicide, with hypertension and methamphetamines as contributing factors. Rojas had been deported a few months earlier and was apprehended when he tried to rejoin his family.

His wife, Maria Puga, told her story to Human Rights Watch.

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Learning from our FY2014 Central Office Funded Fellows and Interns

In FY2014, three Central-Office Funded Fellows began working in Bay Area, East Jerusalem, and Washington, D.C. and seven Central Office Funded Interns began working in  North Carolina, Michigan, Western Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Bujumbura, and San Francisco. 

  • Yoxeli’s efforts in the Bay Area to lift the voices of migrant youth into the immigration debate
  • Elisha’s work in East Jerusalem to raise awareness about the costs of militarization in Israel.
  • Jasveen’s research and networking in Washington D.C to promote the Shared Security concept with like-minded organizations.
  • Ron’s  actions connecting free-world people with people serving long, and sometimes life sentences.
  • Addy’s push to bring bird-dogging style activism to the 2016 Presidential campaign.
  • Alli’s steps to build a Social Justice Academy in Western Massachusetts.
  • Eliane’s communications and collaborations for peace building in Burundi.  
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AFSC's Lewis Webb, Jr., on how young men of color are channeled out of schools and into prisons, where their value is seen in dollars rather than as human beings.

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Ron Simpson-Bey of the AFSC Michigan Criminal Justice Program talks about the Good Neighbor Project connecting people inside and outside prison.

For more information and to get involved, please contact Ron at

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Created by Keiry Ceron, this video shared first place in the recent Immigrant Youth Video Project organized by AFSC Iowa. Keiry will begin her college career in the fall of 2014.

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Created by Jose Amaya, this video shared first place in the recent Immigrant Youth Video Project organized by AFSC Iowa. Jose will begin his college career in the fall of 2014.

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Why isn't the media accurately communicating the scale of the siege on Gaza? Shan Cretin, AFSC General Secretary, offers perspective for Americans on how the violence and death in Gaza compares in scale to a 9/11 level catastrophe. For her full op-ed statement visit

AFSC has worked in Gaza since 1949, when the United Nations asked us to provide relief in Gaza to Palestinian refugees fleeing as a result of the 1948 War. We expected that within a year these refugees would return to their homes in the newly proclaimed state of Israel. As a peace organization that had resettled refugees in Germany after the world wars, AFSC hoped to transform a relief operation into one of repatriation and reconciliation. We've continued our work to bring equality and justice for Palestinians to this day. 

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Whose stories are represented in films today? And who is telling those stories? Storytelling is possibly the world’s oldest art form, and today’s primary modern storytelling medium is film and video, yet the stories presented in most TV shows and movies are rarely the accounts of everyday people who happen to be immigrants, and the powerful stories they have to share.  The American Friends Service Committee (AFSC)’s NC Immigrant Rights Program has as one of its main goals to lift up the voices of immigrants to the broader public. Through Storyology: Digital Storytelling by Immigrants and Refugees, AFSC empowered immigrants and refugees by imparting new digital literacy skills, lifted up immigrant stories to share with and educate the public, and also built a community of many cultures within the class.  At the end of the class, each student produced a truly impressive work of art, in the form of a 2-4 minute digital story, with the student narrating her/his journey, with background music, and images chosen (and sometimes photographed) by the students themselves.  

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Jennifer Anandarajah, born in Sri Lanka, came to the U.S. with her parents seeking political asylum. Due to a bureaucratic error, her father was arrested and held in detention for 2 1/2 years. 

On July 9, 2014 Jennifer and four others speakers told their stories at a Congressional Briefing about detention, deportation and family separation. The briefing was sponsored by American Friends Service Committee, Detention Watch Network, Friends Committee on National Legislation, Wind of the Spriit and Centro Communitario CEUS in cooperation with Sen. Robert Menendez and Rep. Rush Holt

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A ceasefire that merely ends rockets and ends bombing is not enough. What's really needed is a ceasefire that ends the siege on Gaza and addresses the occupation and the underlying causes of the conflict. Mike Merryman-Lotze, AFSC Israel-Palestine program director, comments on what will bring real peace.


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