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Campus Organizing Conference: Motivation for Action

by Sarah El Neweihi

When I first heard about the Campus Organizing Conference, I must admit I was a bit skeptical.  I have attended numerous conferences related to working for peace and justice in Palestine/Israel, and, while enjoyable, I never felt that I learned anything from the conferences that could be applied in a practical manner.  Happily, this was not the case at the Campus Organizing Conference held by the American Friends Service Committee on March 5th in Washington, DC. 

"Stop the Killing" Poetry Performance at Poetry for Peace Night

A 12 year old student at Batiste Cultural Arts Academy performing" Stop the Killing" at AFSC New Orlean's Poetry for Peace night.

Peace by Piece Nonviolence Training

Tuesday, March 15, 2011 - 3:00pm - 4:30pm

Peace by Piece Nonviolece Youth Committee trains detention students at SciTech Academy in nonviolence techniques.

"Read the Book" Youth Poetry Performance at Poetry for Peace night

A five year old student at Batiste Cultural Arts Academy in New Orleans performing "Read the Book" at AFSC New Orlean's Poetry for Peace night.

Alternative Jobs & Resources Fair

Saturday, March 26, 2011 - 10:00am - 2:00pm

The Alternative Jobs and Resources Fair is a one day event, where you can find information on resources available to youth and families in New Orleans.  Thinking about a job with a social change group?, always dreamed of a non-traditional job?, haven’t decided what fields of work you want to explore?, or need information about training programs?   Come hear speakers, watch performances designed to entertain and teach, visit the resource tables, attend a workshops on job skills, get information about work and job opportunities.

Stop the Killing and Give it a Rest!

“Why do you like to see someone you love laying there lifeless?,” is one of the many questions that a sixth grade student at Batiste Cultural Arts Academy(BCAA) in New Orleans asks her peers during her poem “Stop the Killing and Give it a Rest.”   Around sixteen other students also performed poems like this to an audience of about 63 of their peers during the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) New Orleans’ Poetry for Peace night held in partnership with City Year New Orleans on Feb. 24, 2011.

Youth program on Racial Justice Through Human Rights - First Phase

“Racism is ignorance and it’s been going around for a long time. If we don’t so anything about it now, it will continue to be around for generations. We have to deal with it.” Quote from youth.

What is racism? What are our human rights, and how do we create an environment in which all rights are respected. These are some of the concepts the American Friends Service Committee, (AFSC) Racial Justice Through Human Rights youth group have been learning about and reflecting on.

Hassel Lines

Youth in Pittsburgh Racial Justice through Human Rights exploring ways to address conflicts using Hassel Lines.

$1 Trillion Contest Winners Visit Capitol Hill

As the historic debate over federal spending began in Washington, young winners of the “If I Had A Trillion” video contest descended on Capitol Hill, challenging lawmakers to address the bloated defense spending that imperils their schools, communities, and futures.

HuffingtonPost: Young Filmmakers Decry the Trillion-Dollar Cost of Two Dumb Wars

Derrick Crowe of the Brave New Foundation praises the young participants of "If I Had a Trillion" video contest, co-sponsored by AFSC and the National Priorities Project.  They were asked how they would have spent the $1 Trillion spend on the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, and on Feb. 16, two winners will show their answers on Capitol Hill.

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