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.
New Iowans thank AFSC for helping them feel at home
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.
Friends Relations Pilot Program Conference Call.mp3
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.
We summarize last week’s activities; announce upcoming events for next week; and comment on over 2000 groups who now oppose and are working against Fast Track and the Trans Pacific Partnership, a judge who ruled that Vermont law protecting human rights over corporate rights is legitimate, more evidence of how money pollutes politics and elections, the just introduced We the People bill in Congress that would end corporate personhood and money as speech, and a Baltimore corporate executive who accurately reflects on the economic and political roots of the tragedies there…and what may c
We summarize last week’s activities; announce upcoming events for next week; and comment on Hillary Clinton's support of a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United, how to fund needed infrastructure repairs, IMF warnings of global financial instability, and the latest votes for and opposition to Fast Track and the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP).
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