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Audio from AFSC

Raul Vazquez is an intern with AFSC Chicago's Youth Peacebuilding and Immigrant Justice Program, directed by Darlene Gramigna. In this seven-minute interview, Raul talks about his current work with Hurley Elementary School students on mosaics and the creation of t-shirts for AFSC's If I Had a Trillion Dollars (IHTD) Youth Film Festival.
Part 2 of: Audio of AFSC Monthly Conference Call Conversation: Using the Public Power to Create Money to Create Jobs, Repair Infrastructure and Reduce Debt with Speaker: Joe Bongiovanni. Co-Director of the Kettle Pond Institute, second generation monetary reformer, annual speaker at the American Monetary Institute national conference.  
Part 1 of: Audio of AFSC Monthly Conference Call Conversation: Using the Public Power to Create Money to Create Jobs, Repair Infrastructure and Reduce Debt with Speaker: Joe Bongiovanni. Co-Director of the Kettle Pond Institute, second generation monetary reformer, annual speaker at the American Monetary Institute national conference.  
In this 9-minute interview, Melissa Pacheco of Des Moines describes her experience at a recent AFSC Youth Gathering at the Highlander Center outside Knoxville, Tennessee. She says she learned that it's not just her community that faces challenging issues and that she appreciated the chance to learn about other issues, strategies and resources. It's not easy to attract very busy students to the work, and there are "so many stories to tell." Young people need role models who can help them move beyond language and cultural barriers.
We summarize last week’s activities; share upcoming events for next week; and comment on how much corporations paid US senators to fast-track the TPP, how the TPP is unconstitutional, AT&T's lawsuit claiming net neutrality violates their first and fifth amendment constitutional "rights," the average age of minimum wage workers is 36, and the acquittal of Cleveland police officer Michael Brelo on the 137 shots killings. 
We summarize last week’s activities; share upcoming events for next week; and comment on how Fast Track could apply to a trade deal worse than the TPP, how an amendment to the TPP could result in severe cuts to Medicare, what's behind big banks pleading guilty to market manipulation and the sudden resignation of Akron Mayor Don Plusquellic. 
Note: Ruth Mayson and her daughter, Doris, recently stopped by AFSC’s office in Des Moines to thank Jody Mashek, Immigration Legal Services Director, for her help. Refugees from Liberia, Ruth and her spouse became U.S. citizens with the assistance of AFSC. In this five-minute interview, Ruth and Doris share more with Jon Krieg.
In this four-minute interview, Kaija Carter of Des Moines describes her April 23-26, 2015 experience at AFSC's Youth Gathering at the Highlander Center outside Knoxville, Tennessee. She talks about a strong sense of community among fellow activists and a workshop she facilitated. She also provides succinct advice for people who want to be good allies.
This audio is from a brief interview with Wilmer and Joan Tjossem in January 2012. Below and linked here is Wilmer's obituary from the Des Moines Register. Also below are two of Wilmer's reflections about AFSC and his long career as an AFSC fundraiser. Friends and family celebrated Wilmer's life at a memorial service on Saturday, June 13, 2015 at Des Moines Valley Friends Meeting.
The small group social change ministry model, inspired by Parker Palmer’s “Circles of Trust,” comes from the work of UU ministers and congregations in the Denver area doing powerful social justice work. AFSC Friends Relations, in an effort to create more substantial engagement between Friends and AFSC, is looking for 5-10 volunteers to pilot this model in their Quaker meeting/church.

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