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In this 9-minute interview, Melissa Pacheco of Des Moines describes her experience at a recent AFSC Youth Gathering at the Highlander Center outside Knoxville, Tennessee.

She says she learned that it's not just her community that faces challenging issues and that she appreciated the chance to learn about other issues, strategies and resources. It's not easy to attract very busy students to the work, and there are "so many stories to tell." Young people need role models who can help them move beyond language and cultural barriers.

We summarize last week’s activities; share upcoming events for next week; and comment on how much corporations paid US senators to fast-track the TPP, how the TPP is unconstitutional, AT&T's lawsuit claiming net neutrality violates their first and fifth amendment constitutional "rights," the average age of minimum wage workers is 36, and the acquittal of Cleveland police officer Michael Brelo on the 137 shots killings. 

We summarize last week’s activities; share upcoming events for next week; and comment on how Fast Track could apply to a trade deal worse than the TPP, how an amendment to the TPP could result in severe cuts to Medicare, what's behind big banks pleading guilty to market manipulation and the sudden resignation of Akron Mayor Don Plusquellic. 

Note: Ruth Mayson and her daughter, Doris, recently stopped by AFSC’s office in Des Moines to thank Jody Mashek, Immigration Legal Services Director, for her help. Refugees from Liberia, Ruth and her spouse became U.S. citizens with the assistance of AFSC. In this five-minute interview, Ruth and Doris share more with Jon Krieg.

In this four-minute interview, Kaija Carter of Des Moines describes her April 23-26, 2015 experience at AFSC's Youth Gathering at the Highlander Center outside Knoxville, Tennessee. She talks about a strong sense of community among fellow activists and a workshop she facilitated. She also provides succinct advice for people who want to be good allies.

This audio is from a brief interview with Wilmer and Joan Tjossem in January 2012. Below and linked here is Wilmer's obituary from the Des Moines Register. Also below are two of Wilmer's reflections about AFSC and his long career as an AFSC fundraiser.

The small group social change ministry model, inspired by Parker Palmer’s “Circles of Trust,” comes from the work of UU ministers and congregations in the Denver area doing powerful social justice work.

AFSC Friends Relations, in an effort to create more substantial engagement between Friends and AFSC, is looking for 5-10 volunteers to pilot this model in their Quaker meeting/church.

We summarize last week’s activities; announce upcoming events for next week; and comment on the Senate vote against Fast Track, the political finance connections of the massive financial subsidy from the State of Ohio to Marathon corporation,  tax breaks to the richest Ohioans in the passed House budget, a proposed Ohio "poll tax" that would disproportionally affect youth, low income and people of color,  and how democratizing money creation could prevent more Amtrak derailments and infrastructure deterioration disasters.

We summarize last week’s activities; announce upcoming events for next week; and comment on the political pressure on Congress to support Fast Track and the TPP, the just passed Senate-House federal budget, and the latest figures on the income of the wealthiest 400 Americans.

Interview of Anita T., National Committee Coordinator of Hip Hop Congress, on the commercialization of Hip Hop culture, Hip Hop and rap music, community efforts to recapture Hip Hop, and the joint Hip Hop Congress-Move to Amend traveling “What the BLEEP Happened to Hip Hop” ,conferences, including one planned for July in Cleveland, her home town. 

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