Omar Ordaz created this video for AFSC Iowa's Immigrants Voice Program Youth Video Scholarship. Omar tells his story about coming to the U.S. as an undocumented child -- his challenges, disappointments and hopes for the future.
A painter and fisherman, Omar says, "My story, like any great artwork, is a work in progress."
For more information about AFSC's work with immigrant youth in Iowa, please contact Claudia Thrane at CThrane@afsc.org.
David Calderon of Des Moines produced this award-winning video for an Iowa Immigrants Voice Program immigrant video scholarship.
Aura Kanegis, who directs AFSC’s Office of Public Policy and Advocacy, advocates for new approaches to foreign policy and conflict resolution.
Rev. Sandra Pontoh and Nancy Pape led the singing of "Solidarity Forever," with choruses in English, Spanish, and Bahasa Indonesian.
Maggie Fogarty, Co-Director of the NH Program, was one of the speakers at the May 1, 2015 rally in Portsmouth NH.
On March 28, a group of Seattle-area anti-racist organizers came together to learn, heal, and put the juvenile justice system “on trial.” In this video clip from The Real News.com, organizers and participants talk about their goals for the event, the People’s Tribunal on the U.S. Juvenile Justice System.
Led by youth of color, the tribunal was a response to the history of racism and crimes against humanity by the U.S. justice system. The event was organized by EPIC (Ending the Prison Industrial Complex), a project of AFSC’s Seattle Community Justice Program.
In particular, participants talked about strategies in the ongoing struggle against the planned $210 million juvenile detention center in Seattle.
“It is important that as we're organizing, as we're trying to talk to the politicians and dismantle the system, that we're building and we're healing and we're growing our community,” notes Ariel Hart, an intern in AFSC’s office in Seattle who’s active with EPIC and Youth Undoing Institutional Racism, another AFSC-related project.
Soon after the tribunal, officials announced plans to reduce the number of allotted beds at the detention center by 40, discontinue incarcerating youth for status offenses like truancy, and cut incarceration for probation violation by 50 percent. While they welcome these developments, organizers have pledged to continue developing community based anti-racist alternatives to detention.
"Night Raid” is a photo exhibition curated by photo journalist Richard Cahan, based on a visit he took to the West Bank in 2013. Concerned by the impact that Israeli army night raids have on Palestinian communities, Cahan decided to make his own photographic “Night Raid.” The sixteen photographs are comprised primarily of people standing in their doorways in the West Bank village of Bil’in, a village featured in the Oscar nominated documentary Five Broken Cameras. The photos are accompanied by text of a talk given by legal expert Gerard Horton of Military Court Watch. The exhibit also includes photos of actual army night raids.
Tariq Abu Khdeir, a 15 year-old Palestinian-American, was severely beaten by the Israeli police force while visiting his family in Jerusalem, Palestine. This is Tariq and Suha, his mother, Khdeir's testimony of their ordeal.
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