Chicago Peacebuilding Program

Grounded

Sunday, April 27, 2014 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Pittsburgh City Theatre will be presenting a one women show about a drones operator and mother. The Pittsburgh Anti-armed drones group and AFSC PA will be conducting a panel discussion after the play.

Chicago intern on Nobel Laureate summit: "Small things lead into big things"

Jessica Alaniz with Muhammad Yunus

Jessica Alaniz with Muhammad Yunus

AFSC intern Jessica Alaniz greets Nobel Prize Laureate Muhammad Yunus at the World Summit of Nobel Prize Laureates in Warsaw, Poland.

In October 2013, AFSC Chicago intern Jessica Alaniz joined 18 other young people and AFSC staff, including General Secretary Shan Cretin, at the World Summit of Nobel Prize Laureates in Warsaw, Poland. Jessica shares about her experiences at the summit in this interview.

Jessica Alaniz interview about the World Summit of Nobel Laureates, October 2013

Jessica Alaniz with Muhammad Yunus

Jessica Alaniz with Muhammad Yunus

AFSC intern Jessica Alaniz greets Nobel Prize Laureate Muhammad Yunus at the World Summit of Nobel Prize Laureates in Warsaw, Poland.

Takin' It to the Streets

In between teaching mosaics to middle school students and high school artist mentoring, college interns with AFSC's Youth Peacebuilding and Justice Program participated in two immigration reform demonstrations in the Chicago area in October. Interns Raul Vazquez and Alberto Lara were interviewed by the New York Times Magazine/Upfront youth magazine about immigration issues and their work at AFSC.

Chicago Youth Peace Building and Justice 2013

Darlene and Jesus

Jesus (right), pictured here with Darlene, created a list of scholarships in Illinois that don’t require a Social Security number, which means that undocumented students can apply. He’s considering a law career, but for now he’s getting a wealth of experience in understanding individuals’ interactions with the legal system.

What do you get when you mix art and activism (along with some grout)? "Artivism," that's what. AFSC's Youth Peace Building and Justice Program, directed by Darlene Gramigna, is helping students make beautiful goods and changes in their lives and the life of their community. These photos tell the story.

Michael McConnell on the Power of One

Screen grab: Michael McConnell speaks in Des Moines

Michael McConnell reminds us of the power each of us has to build peace and justice. Michael was regional director of AFSC's Midwest Region until his death on April 7, 2013, after a courageous dance with cancer.

Indianapolis mom marks 10 years working for peace and justice

The day the U.S. invaded Iraq was the day the peace movement recruited Erin Polley.

In March 2003, Erin was working in Chicago's service industry, having moved from Indianapolis two years earlier in search of a sense of purpose.

"I had never been politicized before, but seeing all these stories coming out about the Bush administration wanting to start a war in Iraq, I felt like I had to do something," she says.

9/11 Primer: The Epoch of the Peacemakers.

Sunday, September 11, 2011 - 11:00am - 1:30pm

The American Friends Service Committee, the Council on American Islamic Relationships, and the Chicago Fringe Festival will partner with HumanThread to present 9/11 Primer: The Epoch of the Peacemakers.

9/11 Primer will memorialize 9/11 and reaffirm the role of artists as peacemakers.

It will be held at Meridian Stage, 1932 S. Halsted, between 11:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., on September 11. Admission is free.

The program will include:

DailyHerald (IL).com: Harper play offers perspectives on human cost of war

More than 200 pairs of boots belonging to Illinois soldiers killed in Afghanistan and Iraq will be onstage as part of Harper College’s fall production of “Bury the Dead,” a play offering perspectives from major U.S. military conflicts dating to World War I.

The production, which opens a day after Veterans Day on Friday, Nov. 12 tells the story of six dead soldiers who rise from the grave, asking to rejoin the living.

5 Fingers of Self-Defense: Individual & Community Responses to Violence. For Adults and Teens.

Saturday, October 9, 2010 - 1:00pm - 4:00pm

4 Saturdays, Oct 9-30, 2010
 
TIME
1-4pm
 
EVENT
5 Fingers of Self-Defense: Individual & Community Responses to Violence.  For Adults and Teens
 

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