In this four-minute interview, Hector describes how he found out about AFSC and why he thinks volunteers should give their time freely. Hector and other volunteers are working with Jody Mashek, legal services director of AFSC's Iowa Immigrant Voice Program, as AFSC assists Salvadorans who are renewing their temporary protected status, or TPS.
First Eight Minutes of Occupy Des Moines talk with Des Moines Valley Friends Meeting
What would William Penn think of today's Occupy movement? As Kathleen McQuillen, AFSC Iowa Program Coordinator, noted in a recent second-hour discussion with the Des Moines Valley Friends Meeting, Penn observed that the love of money is the root of all evil, which seems like a reasonable link with today's Occupiers. McQuillen added that the widening wealth gap in our country has created an extreme democracy gap; both are driving today's calls for change.
This is a recording of the American Friends Service Committee’s Monthly Program Update call from January 12, 2012 with General Secretary Shan Cretin and Pacific Southwest Interim Regional Director Eisha Mason.
December 28, 2011, on the eve of the formal end of the war in Iraq, AFSC hosted a panel discussion and public forum on the legacy the US leaves for Iraq. Hosted by AFSC's Peter Lems the panel included, Abdulla Al-Obeidi, Raed Jarrar, Kathy Kelly, Rick McDowell, Mary Trotochaud, and Celeste Zappala. The panel also took questions from the audience following their presentation.
Rev. Jesse Jackson and John Nichols of the Nation magazine enjoy a wide-ranging conversation on the history and current reality of the progressive movement in the United States. This pre-caucus forum was held at First Unitarian Church in Des Moines, Iowa on December 30, 2011.
What's the relationship between Occupy Des Moines and AFSC? How are nonviolence trainings, co-led by AFSC, affecting this new movement, and how might people of faith play a role in lifting up shared concerns about the vast disparity in wealth and political power in the U.S.? Are we witnessing the birth of a new form of participatory democracy?
Sandra Sanchez Talks with Sheriff Bill McCarthy about Secure Communities, Dec. 2011
In this December 15, 2011 interview on La Reina radio, Sandra Sanchez, AFSC Iowa Immmigrants Voice Program Director, talks with Sheriff Bill McCarthy from Polk County Iowa about many of the problems with the so-called "Secure Communities" program.
Celebrating international human rights, immigrants in Iowa show their knowledge of human rights through a small contest put forth by Sandra Sanchez (IVP director) in radio La Reina. Sandra was proud that five out of five answered the questions correctly! Now she wonders, would the average American know their rights that well?
November 2011 Program Update with Michael McConnell
This is a recording of the American Friends Service Committee’s Monthly Program Update call from November 10, 2011 with General Secretary Shan Cretin and Great Lakes Regional Director Michael McConnell, who is based out of Chicago.
They discussed AFSC’s work for Economic Justice, including discussion of the ‘Human Cost’ of war banners and the ‘Windows and Mirrors mural exhibit. They also covered AFSC involvement with ‘Occupy Together’ and resources such as ‘Move the Money Toolkit’ and the ‘If I Had a Trillion Dollars’ youth film contest and festival.
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