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We summarize last week’s activities; share upcoming events for next week; and comment on the signing of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) corporate rule deal; the 10 Reasons to Vote NO on State Issue 2; and the ongoing economic non-recovery…as well an invitation for ideas and strategies to work together to react and proact to the coming financial crisis. 

AFSC Friends Relations offers many opportunities to congregations to interact with the programs of AFSC. Listen to Lucy Duncan, Director of Friends Relations, and Greg Elliott, Friends Relations Associate, discuss our many offerings. From the simple and easy to more long-term commitments, there's a way for everyone to get involved.

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The United States needs a budget that takes care of its people and needs to push for a nuclear test ban, according to Frank Cownie, Mayor of Des Moines.

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. 

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, 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 for more information.

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.

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