Happy Spring, Friends! As we welcome in a new and fruitful season, I’m pleased to invite you to AFSC’s annual Corporation Program. Friends are welcome to join us virtually on April 14 and 15 for workshops hosted by AFSC staff. On Friday, April 14 at 6:30 p.m. ET, Friends will gather to hear Ambassador Andrew Young’s keynote address.
Please share this invitation widely with your meeting/church and Friends in your communities. We look forward to seeing you there! Learn more and register.
Here are more ways you can engage with AFSC, plus a few updates on our work:
Speak out to expand free school meals to more children: Did you know that the USDA allows school boards to provide free meals to all students in schools where 40% or more are considered low income? Now the USDA is proposing a policy to lower that threshold to 25%, which would expand free school meals to millions of children. We must speak out to show our support for the change. The public has until May 8 to submit comments to the federal government—so your voice is needed now. Note: Comments must be unique in order to be considered. Add your comment today.
Starting in May: “Think Twice Before Calling the Police” webinar series: Many people have an understanding that police violence targets certain communities. Many want to avoid calling the police but don’t know what to do in case of an emergency. Join us in this four-part series that will provide you with concrete skills and strategies to avoid calling law enforcement unless absolutely necessary. Register today. And if you haven’t already, take our pledge to Think Twice Before Calling the Police.
Showcasing the humanities in action: AFSC’s Pan Valley Institute (PVI) was selected to be one of 11 case studies for landmark research conducted by the University of Pennsylvania’s Penn Praxis and PA Humanities. The report examines how the humanities contribute to civic engagement, creative placemaking, and community development across the U.S. Read the report.
Thank you for your continued support of AFSC’s work and all that you do in working for a more just and peaceful world!
Sofia Di Pietro
Quaker Engagement Coordinator