"Life after conflict in Burundi: Socio-economics & trauma healing," produced by AFSC's Burundi program, highlights how people can come together after a conflict to rebuild their lives and communities—both socially and economically.
Video production by Grands Lacs TV, Bujumbura, Burundi.
In January, 2011, then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced a major U.S. foreign and military policy initiative: the diplomatic, economic and military pivot to Asia and the Pacific. Building on the twenty-year old approach of engaging and containing China, the U.S. pursued active engagement with China on a range of issues on which they share common interests. At the same time, with the Pivot the U.S. has been expanding and deepening its military alliances with many of China’s neighbors, building new military bases, committing to deploy 60% of the Navy and Air Force to Asia and the Pacific, and has adopted a new warfighting doctrine “Air-Sea Battle” to augment its regional hegemony.
This speech on the pivot by Joseph Gerson of AFSC’s Peace and Economic Security Program was prepared to help build peace movement capabilities to prevent war and to build common shared security solutions to Asia-Pacific tensions. For more detailed information, visit http://afsc.org/program/peace-economic-security-program or contact Joseph Gerson at JGerson@afsc.org.
Arts Tech in Kansas City produced this video about the June 2014 "Visions of Peace at the Crossroads" festival organized by AFSC.
The Central Valley is home to a large number of new immigrants and refugees. They are Latinos, indigenous Mexicans, Hmong, Cambodian, Laotian, Pakistani, Iranian, and many others. Even though they have made the Valley their home, others only see them as a problem and worse yet they are not seen as humans. Central Valley immigrants' role in society is underestimated and their cultural practices are often misunderstood, stereotyped, or criticized. Many don't see the cultural talents and political experience they have to offer. This short documentary, produced by the Pan Valley Institute of the American Friends Service Committee and the PAR team, helps us see inside the process of immigrants' integration into the new society and the cultural conflicts they encounter in such a process.
Recorded Live on June 16 2014.
Human Rights Learning participants at Dunbar High School in Washington, D.C. make a statement against bullying through their work with AFSC's DC Peace & Economic Justice Project.
Mary Zerkel points out that the track record of corporate influence on foreign policy and prisons makes a strong argument against involving profit-driven defense contractors in border enforcement.
Are you looking to start a conversation in your meeting/group around drones? Interested in a survey of the drone program for class discussion?Concerned about the impact of the drone war on communities around the world? If so, Drones 101 is for you.
The presentation outlines the evolution of the U.S. drone program, provides an explanation of whom it targets and how, and surveys the countries where drones are being used. While a great deal of documentation has been made available through the work of human rights agencies and news reports, this remains a covert program with many questions unanswered. It was only in April 2012 that the Obama administration admitted for the first time that armed drones were used to target and kill individuals in countries with whom we are not at war.
Drones 101 looks at the power of the Congressional drone caucus and the increasing dependence of the Air Force on unmanned vehicles -- 50 percent of the fleet by 2018 -- and exposes the enormous profits being made by drone manufactures. Profit-making and current policies of secrecy have ushered in a new era of military violence.
The presentation puts the drone war in the context of the 2001 Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF) and ends with an appeal to confront the military industrial complex by “moving the money” out of the Pentagon and into programs that address human needs.
This is a resource that groups can use to start a conversation or deepen an existing campaign.
27 minutes. Available online and on DVD.