Left to right: AFSC's Appalachian Center for Equality (ACE) BAPS program participant Jimetta, DC Peace & Economic Justice Program Director Jean-Louis Peta Ikambana, BAPS participant Ciara and ACE Program Director Lida Shepherd during the 2013 Human Rights Summit in Washington, D.C.
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Reflections on the 2013 DC Youth Human Rights Learning Summit by AFSC interns and participants.
AFSC DC Peace & Economic Justice interns Rita (left) and Morgan speak during a meeting with Jason Spear, Legislative Associate to Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) as part of the 2013 Human Rights Summit.
Photo: Bryan Vana
With support from the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC)’s donor-funded 2013 Opportunity Grant Fund, AFSC’s Peace & Economic Justice Program in Washington, D.C. organized and hosted its first annual AFSC Youth Human Rights Summit, which took place over five days in June 2013. The Summit drew ten young people (seven high school students from New Orleans, LA; St. Louis, MO; Logan, West VA; and Washington, D.C., two college students from Earlham College in Greensboro, NC, and one college student from Washington, D.C.
Jodie Geddes and Alex Garrison, both Guilford College students in Greensboro, NC, joined 15 other young people in Washington DC to attend AFSC’s first Human Rights Summit June 24-28, 2013. The youth each picked topics to focus on, and each day participated in workshops giving them background on Human Rights and preparing them for speaking with US Senators and Representatives on their topics of choice. Alex and Jodie chose to focus on immigration reform, which was a hot topic; the immigration reform bill S744 passed the Senate while they were in DC.
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