Acting in Faith

Moved and shaken for peace: Scattergood students stage art mob in Iowa City

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Scattergood students on the Peace Walk to Iowa City.

Note: This is a guest post by Madeline Schaefer, AFSC's Friends Relations Fellow. Scattergood School students organized and particpated in a peace march and art mob on Sept. 8, walking from West Branch to Iowa City, Iowa.  Scattergood School co-sponsored an exhibit of AFSC's  "Windows and Mirrors: Reflections on the War on Afghanistan" at a local library and was part of a group that organized programs and events connected to the exhibit. - Lucy

by Madeline Schaefer

Fostering the next generation of peacemakers: If I Had a Trillion Dollars

If I Had a Trillion Dollars youth lobbying in Washington, D.C.

If I Had a Trillion Dollars youth lobbying in Washington, D.C.

If I Had a Trillion Dollars youth lobbying in Washington, D.C.

Note: This is a guest post by Erin Polley, AFSC Program Coordinator of the Indiana Peacebuilding Program and the “If I Had a Trillion Dollars” Youth Film Festival. Submissions are now being accepted for films created by youth which explore how they would allocate the money that has been spent on the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq differently. - Lucy

Cultivating a vision to sustain generations: A conversation with Don Bustos

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Don Bustos

Don Bustos, Program Director for AFSC in New Mexico.

In August I spent a day in New Mexico, visiting AFSC’s farmer training program near Albuquerque.

I met the trainees, hearing from AFSC’s Sayrah Namaste about elements of the program and upcoming plans to expand state-wide, funded in large part by the Kellogg Foundation. I finished the day by talking with program director Don Bustos at his farm near Espanola.

The right to grow food and have access to water

Lucy Duncan (LD): Tell me the history of this farm and its relationship to the AFSC New Mexico program.

Don Bustos (DB): The name of our farm is Santa Cruz Farm, after our church the Santa Cruz Church, and then the Santa Cruz de la Canada Land Grant. I still farm the same land my ancestors farmed over 300 years ago and as you walk outside, you'll see the same land, the same crops, and the same methods that my ancestors used. That's the knowledge we pass on to the trainees.

No other way but equality and community

This is an excerpt from an interview with Don Bustos, program director with AFSC in New Mexico. Please visit Acting in Faith to read more and comment. 

Lucy Duncan (LD): What changes have you witnessed in the communities in which you've worked?

Don Bustos (DB): People used to say the model you've created only depends on you. I'd say, "If that's true, then the model's not working."

On returning to organic methods

Lucy Duncan (LD): At some point you were using pesticides, and you stopped.

Don Bustos (DB): That's how our farm moved from conventional growing to certified organic. In the 1960s I was still a young lad, we were still farming naturally.

Then in 1967 an agricultural agent came by and gave my dad a bottle of liquid. I learned later that it was DDT. He mixed it with water. That year we had perfect corn, none of our corn had worms, we had a great crop. So my dad started to use it. That was the late 1960s until I started to take over in the late 70s and mid 80s. There was a period where my dad would use chemical fertilizers and insecticides, all approved by USDA and encouraged to be used. 

What Quaker congregations can do to help end the conflict in Israel/Palestine

Participants in a TIAA-CREF Divestment Workshop

Participants in a TIAA-CREF Divestment Workshop

Participants in a TIAA-CREF Divestment Workshop

Quaker churches and meetings can help support the end of the conflict in Israel/Palestine by considering the issue as a meeting and participating in several activities.

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