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Peace & Economic Security Program - August 2013 Newsletter

AFSC’s Peace and Economic Security Program, based in Cambridge, has been busy building social and political movements across a wide range of issues. Our staff – Joseph Gerson, Paul Shannon, and Stephen G. Cary Fellow Sofia Wolman – work as a team to move our nation to prioritize human needs over military-industrial complex wars and profits.  See the attached document for an update on our staff's work to change policy and build the movement for peace and justice in Boston and beyond.

Sign Petition to Defend Article 9 of Japan's Constitution!


I am writing to urge your support for an international petition campaign to defend Japan’s Peace Constitution. The petition, designed to press Japanese Prime Minister Abe not to amend Japan's Peace clause, Article 9 was initiated by the Peaceboat organization in Japan.

As you may know, Japan will hold elections of the Upper House of the Diet on July 21.

Patriots Picnic

Thursday, July 4, 2013 - 11:30am - 2:30pm

Join us at the

Patriots Picnic

AFSC Youth Civic Engagement: Invitation

Kansas City Area School and Youth Groups are Invited to take advantage of powerful opportunity for youth develolpment and leadership

AFSC's Youth Civic Engagement work in Kansas City had a great year and we are looking for groups to collaborate with for programs for 2013-2014. We anticipate that after this year's excellent experiences we will have many more requests from groups wishing to participate next year, so contact us soon.

KC Youth Speak Out In DC

Youth represent Kansas City at the “If I Had a Trillion Dollars” National Film Festival in Washington, D.C. 

Visions of Peace Festival 2013

Friday, June 7, 2013 - 6:00pm - 9:00pm

What is your Vision of Peace?

KCMO Passes Move the Money Resolution!

In response to the misdirected federal budget debate and actions in Washington, D.C. and the disastrous impact it is having on our community and economy, the Kansas City AFSC has organized a Move the Money resolution campaign.

Sample Letter to the Editor - Korea Tensions

Please modify as is appropriate:

To the editor,

The first step to solving a problem is often to stop making it worse (indeed, the first rule of holes is when you find yourself in a hole, stop digging). This certainly applies to the current situation on the Korean Peninsula.

What is the conflict resolver's role in a violent conflicted society?

Friday, April 19, 2013 - 7:15pm - 9:30pm

Scilla and Paul Wahrhaftig will be speaking on What is the Conflict Resolver’s Role in a Violent Conflicted Society? at the annual conference of the Pennsylvania Council of Mediators in Harrisburg, Pa. Scilla is program director of AFSC's Pennsylvania program.

Scilla and Paul are being honored with the Peace Maker of the Year award in recognition of their long-term contributions to peacemaking and the conflict resolution movement.

The talk is free and open to the public.

Kansas City youth change the world with spoken word poetry

American Friends Service Committee’s (AFSC) “If I Could Change the World” Spoken Word project is getting attention all over the Kansas City area. AFSC Program Coordinator Ira Harritt and Peace Interns Joshua Smith, Isabella Fassi, and Pearl Webb, carried out the project to encourage and engage young people in social action. The project was conducted in collaboration with The Writers Place and area spoken word artists.

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