AFSC intern Jessica Alaniz greets Nobel Prize Laureate Muhammad Yunus at the World Summit of Nobel Prize Laureates in Warsaw, Poland.
In October 2013, AFSC Chicago intern Jessica Alaniz joined 18 other young people and AFSC staff, including General Secretary Shan Cretin, at the World Summit of Nobel Prize Laureates in Warsaw, Poland. Jessica shares about her experiences at the summit in this interview.
In between teaching mosaics to middle school students and high school artist mentoring, college interns with AFSC's Youth Peacebuilding and Justice Program participated in two immigration reform demonstrations in the Chicago area in October. Interns Raul Vazquez and Alberto Lara were interviewed by the New York Times Magazine/Upfront youth magazine about immigration issues and their work at AFSC.
Jesus (right), pictured here with Darlene, created a list of scholarships in Illinois that don’t require a Social Security number, which means that undocumented students can apply. He’s considering a law career, but for now he’s getting a wealth of experience in understanding individuals’ interactions with the legal system.
What do you get when you mix art and activism (along with some grout)? "Artivism," that's what. AFSC's Youth Peace Building and Justice Program, directed by Darlene Gramigna, is helping students make beautiful goods and changes in their lives and the life of their community. These photos tell the story.
Michael McConnell reminds us of the power each of us has to build peace and justice. Michael was regional director of AFSC's Midwest Region until his death on April 7, 2013, after a courageous dance with cancer.
The American Friends Service Committee, the Council on American Islamic Relationships, and the Chicago Fringe Festival will partner with HumanThread to present 9/11 Primer: The Epoch of the Peacemakers.
9/11 Primer will memorialize 9/11 and reaffirm the role of artists as peacemakers.
It will be held at Meridian Stage, 1932 S. Halsted, between 11:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., on September 11. Admission is free.
More than 200 pairs of boots belonging to Illinois soldiers killed in Afghanistan and Iraq will be onstage as part of Harper College’s fall production of “Bury the Dead,” a play offering perspectives from major U.S. military conflicts dating to World War I.
The production, which opens a day after Veterans Day on Friday, Nov. 12 tells the story of six dead soldiers who rise from the grave, asking to rejoin the living.
Military enlistment seems to be rising during the recession. But groups such as the American Friends Service Committee in Chicago see the higher recruitment and retention numbers as an unfortunate by-product of the recession.
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