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By Sahar Vardi
Published: May 13, 2015

Note: Sahar Vardi serves as Coordinator of AFSC's Israel program working with refusers to military service and against militarism within Israel. She attended a recent protest focused on recent killings and abuse of Ethiopian Jews in Israel. This is her reflection on it and its connection to the movement against police brutality, the Black Lives Matter movement, in the United States. - Lucy

On Thursday April 30th at 4PM, a few dozen Ethiopian Israelis gathered for a protest in front of the police headquarters in Jerusalem. The protest was prompted by the...

By Pablo Paredes & Ericson Amaya
Published: May 7, 2015

Note: Ericson Amaya and Pablo Paredes of AFSC's 67 Sueños Program wrote this poem on the occasion of the unveiling of the Black/Brown Unity Mural in Oakland, Califormia. Recently they read it at the AFSC Corporation meeting. The video of that reading is below. You can find...

By Lucy Duncan
Published: April 29, 2015

Update: In May the Israeli High Court of Justice turned down a request for a judicial order to halt the demolition of the West Bank village of Susiya. Up to 100 homes are under threat for demolition at any time by the civil administrations of Judae and Samaria. The high court judge, Noam Sohlberg, who refused the request for the judicial order is himself a resident of an illegal West Bank settlement. The residents of Susiya hold deeds to the land going back to the Ottoman era, but Israeli authorities say the residents did not have permits to build their current structures. On August...

By Dominque Stevenson
Published: April 24, 2015

Note: Dominque Stevenson, director of AFSC's Friend of a Friend program in Baltimore, and many other AFSC staff around the country have been very much involved in the #BlackLivesMatter movement since the killing of Michael Brown. Dominque and Eddie Conway were interviewed by ...

By Douglas Bennett
Published: April 19, 2015

Note: Doug Bennett used to be a member of Indiana Yearly Meeting of Friends, which recently split over views of same-sex marriage.  He is now a member of the New Association of Friends, a yearly meeting that is comprised of welcoming congregations (those that welcome all people and affirm LGBTQ rights and same-sex marriage). I asked him for his thoughts on the new "Religious Freedom Restoration Act" (RFRA) that was recently passed in Indiana and the response. Here are his thoughts. - Lucy

“Always do the right thing as you know it.” I wrote that on an...