We summarize last week’s activities; share upcoming events for next week and introduce and interview three participants at the U.S. Social Forum (William Clarence Marshall, Genevieve Mitchell and Derrek Dissell) taking place in Philadelphia this weekend.
We summarize last week’s activities; share upcoming events for next week; and comment on the on Fast Track roller coaster votes in the House (and the need to now call your Senators!), ongoing successes of Occupy Wall Street, what’s behind a report from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) on how the IMF is killing prosperity (and how banks in this country are doing the same), and how the Pope’s “Encyclical” document on climate change is an indictment of capitalism and endless economic growth.
Dominique Stevenson - AFSC's Friend of a Friend program.mp3
Dominque Stevenson, Program Director for AFSC's Friend of a Friend program, describes the work of Friend of a Friend and how that program is addressing the needs of predominantly black communities in Baltimore that are heavily impacted by mass incarceration, hunger, and poverty.
Raed Jarrar, Policy Impact Coordinator for AFSC's Office of Public Policy and Advocacy, tells three powerful and heartbreaking stories about living in Iraq during US invasions in the 1990s and 2000s, including so-called "Shock and Awe" in 2003.
Jennifer Piper - Faith communities, accompaniment, immigrant justice.mp3
Jennifer Piper, Program Director for Interfaith Organizing in AFSC's Denver Office, discusses the model of accompaniment, what faith communities bring to immigrant justice work, and the importance of lifting up the voices and leadership of immigrant communities.
Arnie Alpert, Co-Director of AFSC's New Hampshire program, talks about corporate influence in US politics and cites Congressman Buck McKeon and immigrant dentention centers as two specific examples of "Governing Under the Influence." Visit gui.afsc.org for more information.
Steve Tamari's History of Palestinian Resistance From 2014-11-20_Friends Relations Israel Palestine Call.mp3
Steve Tamari, Associate Professor at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, serves on the Steering Committee for the Quaker Palestine/Israel Network. Steve provides a powerful, concise history of Palestinian resistance from the Nakba, or "Catastrophe," in 1948 to the present.
Laura Magnani on Pelican Bay and the urgency of fundamental change.mp3
Laura Magnani, Director of AFSC’s Bay Area Healing Justice Program in California, describes her experiences on the mediation team for hunger strikers at Pelican Bay State Prison in Crescent City, California and why Quakers need to take an active role in ending mass incarceration.
Alissa Wilson is the Public Education and Advocacy Coordinator for AFSC's Africa Region. In this audio clip, Alissa describes her work in Somalia, as well as AFSC's efforts to increase the role of Public Education and Advocacy in its international programs and AFSC's exciting plans for Shared Security in the coming years.
We summarize last week’s activities; share upcoming events for next week; and comment on only 1 issue: the vote today on Fast Track legislation in the US House of Representatives. We do so to emphasize its importance and to underscore the urgency of taking immediate action – to call your Congressperson asking them to vote NO. The toll free # is 888-804-8311.
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