New Worlds For Old, a film of the American Friends Service Committee and the British Friends Service Council work in France.
This is a short profile of Saul Aleman, the American Friends Immigrant Services intern at the AFSC Miami Office. Saul works with young people in South Florida and across the state to support the development of new leaders and to provide opportunities for the migrant community to tell their stories. Saul co-founded Homestead Equal Rights for All (ERA) and organizes in his own community of Homestead, FL.
Carlos "Elmo" Gomez began working with AFSC through the "Roots for Peace" program at his high school. To help address the need for fresh produce in the Mar Vista Gardens housing project, Elmo’s class turned an unsightly, weed-filled lot into an organic garden. The garden proved so successful that AFSC’s Roots for Peace program soon expanded to two additional schools.
This year, Elmo returned to AFSC as an intern, pursuing a dream to bring a garden plot to every residential unit in Mar Vista Gardens.
In this low-income neighborhood caught in the cycle of violence and poverty, Elmo found many people who shared his vision. “One of the great things about this project was getting the whole community and youth involved,” he says. “People are really excited to grow food.”
Elmo worked closely with the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles and, in response to their concerns, adapted the plan to create a single community garden rather than many residential plots. He organized workshops for residents in which master gardener Millie Alegro shared tips on what to grow and how to prepare the soil, among other things.
Elmo hopes the project will expand as more and more residents experience the value of growing their own fresh food.
This video is a short profile of Vera Parra, AFSC's Jon and Lillian Lovelace Fellow for 2012-2013. Vera spent a year with the immigrant rights program in Newark and helped build a campaign that won an end to Newark police cooperation with immigration authorities.
California's Central Valley is one of the most ethnically diverse areas in the state and the place where many immigrants are trying to build a sense of belonging through arts and culture. This short video shares some of the cultural organizing happening in the Central Valley with the support of AFSC's Pan Valley Institute and annual Tamejavi Festival.
Videographer Rodger Routh created this two-minute video of AFSC's Gaza Pinwheels on display in Des Moines. Each pinwheel represents one of the 521 children killed in Gaza in the summer of 2014 by the Israeli assault.
Rodger Routh Video Production captured the beauty and harmony of the September 21, 2015 ceremony rededicating the Peace Garden in Cowles Commons in Des Moines, Iowa.
The medallion, "A Vision for Peace" that dedicated the original Peace Garden over 35 years ago is now mounted on a rock in the southeast corner of the garden. It reads in part, "May all who experience this garden be more loving, merciful and sharing."
The current Peace Garden is anchored by quotations engraved into large concrete benches lining the paths spaced throughout the landscape design.
The event was sponsored by the Iowa Peacemakers Monument, Inc. a nonprofit corporation based in Des Moines, Iowa who worked with community leaders and organizations to renew the Peace Garden as "a place for Iowans in the future to be inspired and challenged to pursue peace with tireless strength."