We summarize last week’s activities; announce upcoming events for next week; and reflect on the pros and cons of dropping oil prices for people and nations; First Energy corporation’s proposed rate hike; a positive democracy development in the current US-European trade negotiations; commemorating both Martin Luther King’s birthday and the 5th anniversary of the Citizens United Supreme Court decision; and on several quotes of Martin Luther King.
We summarize last week’s activities; announce upcoming events for next week; reflect on anti-democratic and democracy realities in 2014; and share predictions economically and politically in 2015 at the global, national and state levels.
The reflections of the 2014 anti-democratic and democracy realities are based on these articles written by Greg Coleridge
“Top” 10 Anti-Democratic Realities in 2014
A 13 minute presentation by Elaine Scarry (Walter M. Cabot Professor of Aesthetics and General Theory of Value at Harvard College) at a December 2014 Boston-area meeting to mobilize for and beyond the events on the eve of the 2015 Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference. The AFSC is taking a central role in this internatonal effort for Peace and Planet: for Justice, Environment, and Nuclear Abolition.
A 25 minute presentation by the Peace & Economic Security Program's Joseph Gerson (Disarmament Coordinator and Director of Programs for the Northeast Region for AFSC) at a December 2014 Boston-area meeting to mobilize for and beyond the events on the eve of the 2015 Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference. The AFSC is taking a central role in this internatonal effort for Peace and Planet: for Justice, Environment, and Nuclear Abolition.
Hector Salamanca describes his journey to the White House
In this 10-minute interview, AFSC Iowa volunteer Hector Salamanca describes his summer 2014 journey to the White House as a Deferred Action Champion of Change. Hector describes the benefits of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), but makes it clear that it's "just a band-aid on a bleeding wound" and that the U.S. desperately needs humane immigration reform.
Hector shares his future dreams and explains why AFSC has been a "home away from home" for him. He speaks here with Jon Krieg, Communications Specialist for AFSC's Midwest Region.
Call For Spirited Action: Coalition of Friends in Baltimore for Healing Justice
A conversation with Dominique Stevenson and Marshall "Eddie" Conway, co-founders of AFSC's Friend of a Friend Program in Baltimore. Eddie and Dominique also co-wrote Eddie's autobigraphy, "Marshall Law: The Life and Times of a Baltimore Black Panther." Dominique is the AFSC Program Director for Friend of a Friend, and Eddie is very active in a variety of projects that address mass incarceration and the criminal justice system.
We summarize last week’s activities; announce upcoming events for next week; and comment on just 1 issue -- due to its massive impact on all of our lives and because of a couple of important lessons it provides as we move forward to 2015 -- the federal budget bill with its many spending provisions and two significant non-spending "riders" on bailing out Wall Street and dramatically increasing political contributions.
Call For Spirited Action with Dalit Baum and Steve Tamari
A Conversation with Dalit Baum, Director of the Economic Activism Program at AFSC and co-founder of Who Profits, and Steve Tamari, Associate Professor at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and a Palestinian Quaker who serves on the Steering Committee for the Quaker Palestine/Israel Network (QPIN).
Maggie Fogarty is the co-director of AFSC's New Hampshire program. In this interview on Portsmouth Community Radio, Maggie talks about the good and the bad of President Obama's November 20, 2014, executive action on immigration.
We summarize last week’s activities; announce upcoming events for next week; and comment on the DC protest against the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement; the federal spending bill (including the buried provisions permitting financial corporations to use FDIC insurance to cover risky derivative bets and the 10 fold increase in campaign contribution “limits”); the Senate report on CIA torture; growing economic (and political) equality; the fracking “bubble” and Ohio; and the broken promises of the Citizens United Supreme Court decisions.
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