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Whose stories are represented in films today? And who is telling those stories? Storytelling is possibly the world’s oldest art form, and today’s primary modern storytelling medium is film and video, yet the stories presented in most TV shows and movies are rarely the accounts of everyday people who happen to be immigrants, and the powerful stories they have to share.  The American Friends Service Committee (AFSC)’s NC Immigrant Rights Program has as one of its main goals to lift up the voices of immigrants to the broader public. Through Storyology: Digital Storytelling by Immigrants and Refugees, AFSC empowered immigrants and refugees by imparting new digital literacy skills, lifted up immigrant stories to share with and educate the public, and also built a community of many cultures within the class.  At the end of the class, each student produced a truly impressive work of art, in the form of a 2-4 minute digital story, with the student narrating her/his journey, with background music, and images chosen (and sometimes photographed) by the students themselves.  

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Jennifer Anandarajah, born in Sri Lanka, came to the U.S. with her parents seeking political asylum. Due to a bureaucratic error, her father was arrested and held in detention for 2 1/2 years. 

On July 9, 2014 Jennifer and four others speakers told their stories at a Congressional Briefing about detention, deportation and family separation. The briefing was sponsored by American Friends Service Committee, Detention Watch Network, Friends Committee on National Legislation, Wind of the Spriit and Centro Communitario CEUS in cooperation with Sen. Robert Menendez and Rep. Rush Holt

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A ceasefire that merely ends rockets and ends bombing is not enough. What's really needed is a ceasefire that ends the siege on Gaza and addresses the occupation and the underlying causes of the conflict. Mike Merryman-Lotze, AFSC Israel-Palestine program director, comments on what will bring real peace.

 

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Sol y Tierra growers is part of a farming network in New Mexico that trains individuals how to become farmers. The training lasts one year and there are three locations in the state. They are located in Bernalillo County, Dona Ana County, and Rio Arriba County.

Produced, Photographed and Edited by KRWG-TV
Photojournalist, Hugo Perez

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Youth who participated in the 2014 Social Change Institute spoke out about the need for social change and what they learned in the training.

The Institute was organized by the Kansas City Program of the American Friends Service Committee and took place from June 9 through June 20. The Institute's goals were to empower youth, increase their knowledge and skills of nonviolent social change and deepen their commitments to work for a better community and world.

As a final project youth held the Reverse the Power Festival that took place in Mill Creek Park, KCMO on June 20 and included youth speaking out, spoken word poetry, songs, bands and information tables. See more videos from the Festival at this link.

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Youth who participated in the 2014 Social Change Institute spoke out about the need for social change and what they learned in the training.

The Institute was organized by the Kansas City Program of the American Friends Service Committee and took place from June 9 through June 20. The Institute's goals were to empower youth, increase their knowledge and skills of nonviolent social change and deepen their commitments to work for a better community and world.

As a final project youth held the Reverse the Power Festival that took place in Mill Creek Park, KCMO on June 20 and included youth speaking out, spoken word poetry, songs, bands and information tables. See more videos from the Festival at this link.

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"La vie après le conflit au Burundi: Aspects socio-économiques et la guérison du trauma" es un film documentaire qui montre comment une communauté peut être reconstruite avec succès, socialement et économiquement, après un conflit.

Le film montre une forte cohésion sociale entre des personnes affectées par la guerre et comment elles peuvent se reunir et devenir une force en se soutenant mutuellement. 

English version

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Immigrant youth, known as Dreamers, have help renewing their Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival status courtesy of Iowa Justice for Our Neighbors and AFSC. In this two-minute video, they talk about what Deferred Action has meant for them and why we need human immigration reform for everyone.

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"Life after conflict in Burundi: Socio-economics & trauma healing," produced by AFSC's Burundi program, highlights how people can come together after a conflict to rebuild their lives and communities—both socially and economically. 

Video production by Grands Lacs TV, Bujumbura, Burundi.

French version 

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In January, 2011, then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced a major U.S. foreign and military policy initiative: the diplomatic, economic and military pivot to Asia and the Pacific.  Building on the twenty-year old approach of engaging and containing China, the U.S. pursued active engagement with China on a range of issues on which they share common interests.  At the same time, with the Pivot the U.S. has been expanding and deepening its military alliances with many of China’s neighbors, building new military bases, committing to deploy 60% of the Navy and Air Force to Asia and the Pacific, and has adopted a new warfighting doctrine “Air-Sea Battle” to augment its regional hegemony.

This speech on the pivot by Joseph Gerson of AFSC’s Peace and Economic Security Program was prepared to help build peace movement capabilities to prevent war and to build common shared security solutions to Asia-Pacific tensions. For more detailed information, visit http://afsc.org/program/peace-economic-security-program or contact Joseph Gerson at JGerson@afsc.org.

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