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Acting in Faith

By: Sara Z. E. Hughes
Published: August 14, 2015

Sara Z.E.Hughes works as AFSC's social media specialist. Sara is an artist, filmmaker and cultural worker who uses art for social change, a tool AFSC uses in our program work in many places including two recent traveling exhibits, Boycott: The Art of Economic Activism and All of Us or None: Responses and Resistance to Militarism. This piece explores several artists who effectively use different media to work for social justice. As we work to change narrative around militarism and racism, art can be a critical...

By: Mike Merryman-Lotze
Published: August 10, 2015

Though this piece, an exploration of working within an anti-racist framework in all work against oppression, but particularly in the movement to end the occupaton of Palestinian territory, is a personal statement by Mike Merryman-Lotze, it does reflect AFSC's organizational position with regard to this issue. - Lucy

Since late May the Palestine-Israel activist community has been roiled in controversy as a result of a decision made by Jewish Voice for Peace to disassociate from If Americans Knew and its director Alison Weir as well as...

By: Sahar Vardi
Published: August 7, 2015

In this piece Sahar Vardi reflects in journal form on the recent stabbing of a young woman at a Gay Pride protest in Tel Aviv (the young woman has subsequently died) and the arson attack on a Palestinian home that left a toddler burned to death. Sahar is AFSC's Israel program coordinator based in Jerusalem. - Lucy

July 30th

10 years ago I went to my first pride parade in Jerusalem. I was a 15 year old girl, still figuring out my own identity, still figuring out what my community was, but very much clear on...

Hiroshima aftermath
By: Michiko Kodama
Published: August 5, 2015

Joseph Gerson, Director of Regional Programs in the Northeast Region of AFSC, is currently attending commemorations of the 70th anniversary of the dropping of bombs on Hirshima and Nagasaki. In his work for the abolition of nuclear weapons, he has come to know a number of Hibakusha, survivors of the first nuclear war. He invited one of them to offer a reflection for this 70th remembrance. Michiko Kodama wrote this moving testimony and calls for abolition of what she calls, "weapons of the devil." - Lucy

I am a Hibakusha, a victim of the first nuclear war in history. The...

Drone protest banner
By: Stephen McNeil
Published: July 24, 2015

"Cursed be he that smiteth his neighbor secretly." -- Deuteronomy 27:24

Some believe that drone attacks save U.S. lives because they do not rely on "boots on the ground" and thus service members are spared death and injury.

But what about other people's lives? Recently, as a Quaker and an American Friends Service Committee staff member, I joined a gathering of 150 interfaith folk at Princeton Theological Seminary to consider that very question.

Lethal drones are used in Pakistan, Somalia and Yemen precisely because "boots on the ground" would be impractical in those...