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On Trump, fear, and uprooting the tree of white supremacy

By: Lucy Duncan
Published: December 22, 2015
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Lucy Duncan reflects on Donald Trump's, "Ban all Muslims" comment and the importance of white people divesting from fear and standing up against the racist backlash that Muslims and people of color face in the United States.

About the Author

Lucy serves as Director of Friends Relations for AFSC. She has been a storyteller for 20 years and has worked with Quaker meetings on telling stories for racial justice and of spiritual experience. Before working for AFSC, she was Director of Communications at FGC, managed QuakerBooks of FGC, and owned and managed her own children's bookstore in Omaha, The Story Monkey. She attends Green Street Friends Meeting (PhYM) and lives with her son and partner in a Quaker cemetery.

Walking with Syrian refugees toward sanctuary

By: Giovanna Negretti
Published: December 16, 2015
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In November 2015, AFSC’s Middle East Regional Director Giovanna Negretti joined a fact-finding mission led by the Nobel Women’s Initiative, learning on the ground about dangers to women and families along the difficult refugee trek from Syria to Germany. Here are her reflections on the trip through Serbia, Croatia and Slovenia

About the Author

Giovanna is the Middle East Regional Director for the American Friends Service Committee (Quakers), an organization working for peace and social justice in the United States and around the world. In 1947 AFSC received the Nobel Peace Prize along with the British Friends Service Council on behalf of all Quakers worldwide.

Over the past 20 years Giovanna has been a passionate advocate for human and civil rights in the United States and around the world. Giovanna co-founded and led ¿Oíste?, a US-based NGO with a mission to advance the political, social and economic standing of people of Latin American descent. Concurrently she held a number of other leadership positions in a variety of US NGOs, government commissions and political campaigns. Internationally, Giovanna has served as a consultant, advisor and trainer in leadership development and civic engagement strategies for under-served communities in Latin America, the Middle East and Europe, with a particular focus on women, minority and indigenous groups.

Giovanna is a graduate of the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, a recipient of the 2008 John F. Kennedy New Frontier Award, a 2008 Prime Movers Fellow, and a 2010 Eisenhower Fellow.  She is a passionate campaigner for the independence of Puerto Rico and helped to lead the movement to stop US military exercises on her home island of Vieques in Puerto Rico

Keeping our doors open to Syrians

By: Kathryn Johnson
Published: December 9, 2015
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Policy Impact Coordinator Kathryn Johnson reflects on her experience meeting Syrian refugees in Turkey and on visiting a US Refugee Support Center there. She says, "I hope compassion wins out over fear and we keep our doors open to Syrians."

About the Author

Kathryn Johnson is the Policy Impact Coordinator with AFSC's Office for Public Policy and Advocacy. Before joining AFSC, she was a Field Organizer for Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch where she educated and mobilized constituents against the Trans Pacific Partnership. Previously, she served as Assistant Director of the Guatemala Human Rights Commission/USA, supporting human rights defenders, educating the international community, and coordinating a network of activists to demand responsible US policies. As part of that position, Kathryn did significant legislative advocacy in response to the surge of child migrants from Central America to highlight the root causes of migration and push for an effective and humane response from the US Government.

Kathryn has also organized students and activists on issues related to sweat shop labor, fair trade, environmental protections and campesino land rights.  She has a B.A. in International Trade and Human Development from Western Washington University and a Master of Public Administration from the Evans School at the University of Washington.

Let Your Life Speak

By: Genevieve Beck-Roe
Published: November 5, 2015
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This deck of seven cards shares stories of work in Quaker communities for loving justice in response to institutional racism, a broken immigration system, and more. Each story is ministry and will hopefully move Friends to seek out their place in work for peace with justice.

About the Author

Genevieve Beck-Roe is serving as the Friends Relations Fellow with AFSC as part of Quaker Voluntary Service's Alumni Fellowship for 2015-16. Genevieve grew up in Chicago and graduated in 2014 from Earlham College. She has previously worked and been active around issues of mass incarceration and immigrant detention at the intersection of LGBTQ rights, and is excited to engage those issues in a Quaker context at AFSC. She swam in the ocean for the first time in August and it was great.

Quakers and migrant justice

By: Lucy Duncan
Published: November 2, 2015
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In this video, AFSC staff discuss the current status of migrants and immigration in this country and propose ways that Quakers can get involved to work for change.

About the Author

Lucy serves as Director of Friends Relations for AFSC. She has been a storyteller for 20 years and has worked with Quaker meetings on telling stories for racial justice and of spiritual experience. Before working for AFSC, she was Director of Communications at FGC, managed QuakerBooks of FGC, and owned and managed her own children's bookstore in Omaha, The Story Monkey. She attends Green Street Friends Meeting (PhYM) and lives with her son and partner in a Quaker cemetery.

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