February 2012 Program Update with Peter Lems and Mary Zerkel
This is a recording of the American Friends Service Committee’s Monthly Program Update call from February 29, 2012 with AFSC experts on Afghanistan and Iraq Peter Lems and Mary Zerkel, based out of Chicago discussing the “Cost of War.”
They shared information on various programs, events, and resources designed to help bring peace to the Middle East and around the world. They explain AFSC’s strategies to help citizens engage US policy makers to 'Move the Money' in the federal budget and reprioritize the country’s current spending.
From bored to energized and hopeful, young Latinas in Iowa recently changed their view about the legislative process and their potential to create change. Aided by Sandra Sanchez, AFSC Iowa Immigrants Voice Program Director, this group of girls, called the Mariposas, identified issues important to them, such as the Iowa version of the federal DREAM Act. Sandra explains more in this five-minute interview with Jon Krieg of AFSC's Central Regional Office in Des Moines.
[On February 21, 2012, the Iowa House Judiciary Committee passed House File 2156, a bill penalizing employers in Iowa who hire undocumented workers. The bill requires employers to use a national E-Verify program to screen potential workers. Sandra Sanchez, AFSC Iowa Immigrants Voice Program Director, explains below and via this five-minute audio why this is bad news for Iowa.]
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?
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