Divesting from corporations that profit from occupation and violence in Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory is an important step towards building peace. This resource list can help you find out more.
1. Join the We Divest – TIAA-CREF Campaign. Sign the Petition and encourage others to do so. (more information at www.wedivest.org)
2. Host a house party and invite a speaker to come and talk about the We Divest Campaign or about the situation in Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories. Help us reach new people who have these retirement funds, especially those “on the fence” about divestment.
My family and I live in a multicultural neighborhood just west of Philadelphia. My neighbors include many new immigrants from India, Bangladesh, Korea, Vietnam, Greece, and other countries, as well as many African-Americans.
This a guest blog post by Gabriela Flora, AFSC Regional Project Voice Organizer - Lucy
Often the first step to becoming an ally is hearing and really listening to another person’s story. I went to Intermountain Yearly Meeting (IMYM) at Ghost Ranch in the mountains of New Mexico this year for the first time since I’ve been on staff and told and heard moving stories there.
Wars wouldn't exist without the creation of a hateful "other," drawing on racial, ethnic and religious prejudices to manufacture fear, demonizing the "enemy" to justify killing people. Unfortunately our own country is no stranger to this tactic.
Denise Altvater (far right)and siblings weeks before they were taken from the reservation and placed in a non-native foster home by the state of Maine.
In spirit-led action the condition of the heart seems central – that in order to create lasting resolution to hurts and conflict, listening, telling the truth about people’s experiences of injustice, and having the courage to love beyond assumptions and societal constructs are all central. Does this resonate with your own experience? Tell your own stories of spirit-led action here or talk about the qualities you believe are essential in spirit-led action.
Note: This interview is the fourth in the Acting in Faithseries of interviews with Quaker activists. I define activist in the broadest sense - those working for justice and healing in many divergent ways. - Lucy
Note: The below interview by Silas Wanjala is the third in a series of Interviews with Quaker Activists. I define activist in the broadest sense – those working to help to mend and heal the world, to create justice and peace from many vantage points. – Lucy
AFSC is a Quaker organization devoted to service, development, and peace programs throughout the world. Our work is based on the belief in the worth of every person, and faith in the power of love to overcome violence and injustice. Learn more
Where we work
AFSC has offices around the world. To see a complete list see the Where We Work page.