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What difference does a year make? (Vera Parra)

This video is a short profile of Vera Parra, AFSC's Jon and Lillian Lovelace Fellow for 2012-2013. Vera spent a year with the immigrant rights program in Newark and helped build a campaign that won an end to Newark police cooperation with immigration authorities.

A global family for a local youth leader

Pablo Ramirez, who is active with AFSC's local peace networks in Guatemala City, was a delegate to the recent Global Youth Peace Indaba in Cape Town, South Africa. This short profile tells the story of his experience.

Cultural Organizing in California Central Valley

California's Central Valley is one of the most ethnically diverse areas in the state and the place where many immigrants are trying to build a sense of belonging through arts and culture. This short video shares some of the cultural organizing happening in the Central Valley with the support of AFSC's Pan Valley Institute and annual Tamejavi Festival.

Remembering the Children of Gaza murdered in 2014

Videographer Rodger Routh created this two-minute video of AFSC's Gaza Pinwheels on display in Des Moines. Each pinwheel represents one of the 521 children killed in Gaza in the summer of 2014 by the Israeli assault.

Cowles Commons Peace Garden 2015

Rodger Routh Video Production captured the beauty and harmony of the September 21, 2015 ceremony rededicating the Peace Garden in Cowles Commons in Des Moines, Iowa. The medallion, "A Vision for Peace" that dedicated the original Peace Garden over 35 years ago is now mounted on a rock in the southeast corner of the garden.  It reads in part, "May all who experience this garden be more loving, merciful and sharing." The current Peace Garden is anchored by quotations engraved into large concrete benches lining the paths spaced throughout the landscape design.

Arnie Alpert Receives Award from NH ACLU

Circus Clowns Converge on Iowa

Gaza One Year Later: The Quest for Accountability - Full Video

One year has passed since "Operation Protective Edge", Israel's attack on the Palestinian Gaza Strip which killed more than 2,200 Palestinians and devastated its infrastructure. Today Gaza remains under Israeli blockade, unreconstructed, and teetering on the verge of humanitarian catastrophe. Go here to take action

Morning Beach Remembrance of Gaza

On July 19th, the American Friends Service Committee held a symbolic morning commemoration on Montrose Beach in Chicago to remember the children killed by the Israeli military in the summer of 2014. In the summer of 2014 Israel invaded and attacked Gaza in a 51-day military assault “Protective Edge” which killed over 2,100 Palestinians and left over 11,000 injured. 521 of those 2,100 Palestinians were children. Many are still suffering from the traumatic experiences they faced and continue to face due to the blockade on Gaza.