Join us each month as we engage in conversation about the work of AFSC, and how Quakers can be involved in evolving movements for social change. These monthly calls are an opportunity to learn from AFSC staff about specific focus issues and campaigns, and hear ideas of how to get involved. Each one is also an opportunity to speak with other Quakers from the around the country about strategies for how to engage in collective social change work.
We will begin our new series of calls this October. Find out more about the subject and presenters for these monthly calls, below.
Thank you to everyone who called in and made the 2014-2015 Calls for Spirited Action our must successful yet. A special thanks to all the AFSC staff who shared their insights and expertise with us.
Check back later this summer for our 2015-2016 schedule.
In the meantime, please enjoy listening to and sharing recordings of past calls!
Shared Security: May 21, 2015
In Brief: Click here to listen to Alissa Wilson, the Public Education and Advocacy Coordinator for AFSC's Africa Region, describe her work in Somalia, as well as AFSC's efforts to increase the role of Public Education and Advocacy in its international programs.
Full Recording: Click here to listen to the full recording of this Call for Spirited action.Hear from AFSC's Aura Kanegis and Alissa Wilson on the work AFSC has done to actualize a new approach to foreign policy.
Governing under the Influence: April 16, 2015
In Brief: Click here to listen to Arnie Alpert, Co-Director of AFSC's New Hampshire program, talk about corporate influence in US politics, citing Congressman Buck McKeon and immigrant dentention centers as two specific examples.
Full Recording: Click here to listen to the full recording of this Call for Spirited action. Arnie Alpert, AFSC staff in New Hampshire, presents on the "Governing under the Influence" campaign, and how Quakers can get involved in their districts.
Faith-based immigrant justice: March 26, 2015
In Brief: Click here to listen to Jennifer Piper, Program Director for Interfaith Organizing in AFSC's Denver Office, discuss 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.
Full Recording: Click here to listen to the full recording of this Call for Spirited action. Jennifer Piper, AFSC staff in Denver, and Lori Khamala, immigrant rights staff in Greensoboro, speak about working for immigrant justice, this moment in the movement, the unique gifts of faith-based organizing on this issue, and some of the challenges.
Ending the War on Terror: February 19, 2015
In Brief: Click here to listen to Raed Jarrar, Policy Impact Coordinator for AFSC's Office of Public Policy and Advocacy, tell 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.
Full Recording: Click here to listen to the full recording of this Call for Spirited action. AFSC's Peter Lems and Raed Jarrar present on the recent movement to repeal the AUMF and how Quakers can pressure their representatives to finally end the decade long "War on Terror." This conversation includes powerful stories of living in Iraq during "Shock and Awe" and important information about the most recent AUMF proposal by President Obama.
The Quaker Network to End Mass Incarceration: January 15, 2015
In Brief: Click here to listen to Laura Magnani, Director of AFSC’s Bay Area Healing Justice Program in California, describe her experiences on the mediation team for hunger strikers at Pelican Bay State Prison in Crescent City, California and why Quakers need to take an active role in ending mass incarceration.
Full Recording: Click here to listen to the full recording of this Call for Spirited action. Have you heard about the new growing network of Quakers working together across the country to end mass incarceration? Hear from AFSC staff, Laura Magnani and Lewis Webb, and former AFSC staff member, Scilla Wahrhaftig, who all serve as members of the network's Steering Committee. They discuss how the movement has grown, and its plans for creating effective change.
Coalition of Friends in Baltimore for Healing Justice: December 18, 2014
In Brief: Click here to listen to Dominque Stevenson, Program Director for AFSC's Friend of a Friend program, describe 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.
Full Recording: Click here to listen to the full recording of this Call for Spirited action. Dominque Stevenson and Eddie Conway, from AFSC's Friend of a Friend program in Baltimore, talk about how they are partnering with local Quakers and others in the community in a new "Coalition of Friends" to transform our criminal justice system.
Working for human rights in Israel and Palestine with QPIN: November 20, 2014
In Brief: Click here to listen to Steve Tamari, Associate Professor at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, who serves on the Steering Committee for the Quaker Palestine/Israel Network, provide a powerful, concise history of Palestinian resistance from the Nakba, or "Catastrophe," in 1948 to the present.
Full Recording: Click here to listen to the full recording of this Call for Spirited action. AFSC's Middle East Peace Education Director, Dalit Baum, and Professor Steve Tamari present on the history of Palestinian resistance, as well as how Quakers can get involved with BDS and join with others around the country for a world-wide, nonviolent campaign to bring about justice in the region.
Organizing with the Spirit: October 16, 2014
Join Lucy Duncan for a presentation and discussion on how you can use a new small group social justice ministries model, developed by the Unitarian Universalist tradition in Colorado, to bring "mystics" and "activists" in your meeting/church together to create powerful, effective change.
Learn more: We didn't manage to record this presentation, but Lucy wrote a blog post about this method, Organizing with the Spirit, and you can get the full packet of information on how to do this kind of activism in your meeting or church here.