American Friends Service Committee--Chicago

American Friends Service Committee--Chicago We believe in peace -- and we act on those beliefs. We believe in social justice -- and we create it.
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Student activists at Sullivan HS in Rogers Park are holding a teach-in on   THURSDAY, JUNE 1.  Join us in supporting the...
05/31/2023

Student activists at Sullivan HS in Rogers Park are holding a teach-in on THURSDAY, JUNE 1. Join us in supporting them and the campaign. Today we and our partner org PO Box Collective helped the students print t-shirts for the event from a design by student Alexiah Houde!!!

🚨Monday, May 8th: Join MAMAS Collective + Allies as we call for  to make good on her promises to reunite us with our inc...
05/07/2023

🚨Monday, May 8th: Join MAMAS Collective
+ Allies as we call for to make good on her promises to reunite us with our incarcerated loved ones, NOW!
📣Rally at 5:30p; Press Conference at 5:45-6:15p / 6328 N California Ave, Chicago, IL 60659
🙅🏽‍♀️We are TIRED of hearing the same excuses
🙅🏿‍♀️We are DONE waiting for the conviction integrity unit to review these cases
🙅🏾‍♀️We REFUSE to go one more Mother's Day without our children- bring them home NOW!


Put your admin skills to work for social justice!!!  Find out more and apply at http://bit.ly/43fV272
04/07/2023

Put your admin skills to work for social justice!!! Find out more and apply at http://bit.ly/43fV272

NOT TO BE MISSED!  March 16-19 at Newberry Library, Hyde Park Art Center, & the Chicago Cultural Center.   From the “Ame...
03/16/2023
Summit - Overview — SURVIVING THE LONG WARS

NOT TO BE MISSED! March 16-19 at Newberry Library, Hyde Park Art Center, & the Chicago Cultural Center. From the “American Indian Wars” to the “Global War on Terror,” the SURVIVING THE LONG WARS (STLW) summit explores the multiple, overlapping histories that shape our understanding of warfare, as well as alternative visions of peace, healing, and justice generated by diverse communities impacted by war. The summit features the STLW performance program and concluding discussion series of the yearlong NEH Dialogues on the Experience of War program. There will also be poetry readings, panels, artmaking and movement workshops, a portfolio review, exhibition tours, fifteen-minute Open Platform presentations, and more. https://www.survivingthelongwars.online/summit

Veteran Art SummitMarch 16 – 19, 2023 | ChicagoNewberry Library, Hyde Park Art Center, & the Chicago Cultural CenterCOVID-19 & ADA Accessibility Statement // View programming by day: Thursday | Friday | Saturday | Sunday Register for Free Join us in Chicago for four days of exciting programming th...

Our Chicago-based Palestine Activism program shares some summer highlights and ways to engage with our work! https://nam...
08/19/2022
and new book on Gaza

Our Chicago-based Palestine Activism program shares some summer highlights and ways to engage with our work! https://nam04.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.afsc.org%2Fstory%2Fstandwiththe6-and-new-book-gaza&data=05%7C01%7CJBing%40afsc.org%7C069bcb746ba04268d82e08da822a1f9a%7Cbdb9059779bc47b8adec787f4e42aa8a%7C0%7C0%7C637965414691445210%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C3000%7C%7C%7C&sdata=RXaP2WsWG9Y3OMvUUBKaT%2Bj7UW5xHBQtCFj%2FALfC%2Fho%3D&reserved=0

Israeli army raids offices of Palestinian civil society and human rights groups: Time to forces raided the office of our No Way to Treat a Child campaign colleagues at Defense for Children International-Palestine and welded their front door shut on August 18, nearly a year afte...

The opening of the Treatment Not Trauma exhibit PO Box Collective yesterday was great!  We'll continue our community con...
07/11/2022

The opening of the Treatment Not Trauma exhibit PO Box Collective yesterday was great! We'll continue our community conversations about mental health TONIGHT at 5pm with the PhotoVoice Hybrid Event! Southwest side Latinx community residents took photos that reflected how the local community context in which they live impacts their mental health and informs their experiences accessing mental health services.
Come to our panel conversation about the process of the PhotoVoice project with Brighton Park Neighborhood Council's Promotoras de Salud and Dr. Leticia Villarreal Sosa, Professor at the Dominican University School of Social Work. JOIN US! co-sponsored by AFSC, PO Box Collective, and Collaborative for Community Wellness

Join Palestinians in Chicago this Sunday.
05/13/2022

Join Palestinians in Chicago this Sunday.

🚨ACTION ALERT: 🚨 Chicago Coalition for Justice in Palestine strongly condemns the murder of Palestinian American Al-Jazeera journalist who was shot in the head yesterday by an Israeli sniper as she was covering an Israeli raid in Jenin refugee camp in the occupied West Bank.

Join us this Sunday, May 15th, at 2 PM at Michigan and Ida B Wells as we commemorate the 74th year of the Nakba and mourn Shireen Abu Akleh and all the Palestinians who have been killed by Israeli occupation in 2022!

Urge your members of Congress (Senate and House) to attend this virtual briefing next week! Individuals may also attend ...
04/21/2022

Urge your members of Congress (Senate and House) to attend this virtual briefing next week! Individuals may also attend by registering here: https://tinyurl.com/5fa5m74a

Congresswoman Betty McCollum and Christian faith leaders are hosting a briefing in support of H.R. 2590, the Palestinian Children and Families Act, on April 26! Tell your representative to attend and support Palestinian human rights: http://ow.ly/5C8f50INIbp

Today should have been  's clemency hearing!  Instead, the hearings were cancelled due to political games in the IL legi...
04/14/2022

Today should have been 's clemency hearing! Instead, the hearings were cancelled due to political games in the IL legislature earlier this month, with Senate Republicans and Democrats refusing to confirm several qualified members to the Parole Review Board.

Call Governor Pritzker today to demand that he , appoint members to the PRB who believe in clemency as a tool for release, and work to expand not shrink the power of clemency in IL.

Download this toolkit from the team for the phone number and script!

https://www.freebernina.com/how-to-support.html

AFSC supporters may be interested in attending this virtual conference next weekend organized by Chicago Area Peace Acti...
03/26/2022
Peace Summit 2022 - Chicago Area Peace Action

AFSC supporters may be interested in attending this virtual conference next weekend organized by Chicago Area Peace Action’s Student Network! http://www.chipeaceaction.org/peace-summit-2022/

DONATE Peace Summit 2022 Militarism and the Violence of Climate CatastropheClick Here to Register! Days Hours Minutes Seconds A Virtual Conference for PeaceSaturday, April 2nd, 2022, 9 A.M.—12 P.M. CST & Sunday, April 3rd, 2022, 10 A.M.—1 P.M. CST Chicago Area Peace Action’s Student Network is...

Join us and the Adalah Justice Project next week at 11am CT/Noon EST for a webinar "From the March of Return to the Unit...
03/25/2022

Join us and the Adalah Justice Project next week at 11am CT/Noon EST for a webinar "From the March of Return to the Unity Intifada: Land and Return" featuring speakers from Palestine. Register here to attend: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_ZxB-4JV8RG6vGN5HYIrscQ

On the fourth anniversary of the Great March of Return and on Palestinian Land Day, join AJP and for a conversation with Palestinian activists , , and Ahmed Abuartema as we share reflections and analyses of the current situation on the ground across Palestine, and what recent moments of popular resistance mean in the broader context of the Palestinian struggle for liberation.

Moments and movements such as the 2018 Great March of Return in Gaza and the 2021 Unity Intifada are but two examples from the last few years of a growing movement of popular mass mobilization across Palestine.

The first Land Day took place in 1976, when Palestinians organized large demonstrations and a nation-wide strike against Israel's plan to expropriate large swaths of Palestinian land for Jewish-only settlements. They were met with brutal Israeli repression that ultimately led to the massacre of six Palestinians. This resistance to Israel's occupation and expansion is ongoing today— from Gaza and the West Bank, to '48 and the diaspora.

Join us tomorrow for our monthly webinar with the No Way to Treat a Child campaign!
03/14/2022
Webinar March 2022

Join us tomorrow for our monthly webinar with the No Way to Treat a Child campaign!

Join the webinar on March 15 for updates on congressional advocacy to end Israeli military detention of Palestinian children.

Join us for our first campaign webinar of 2022! Tuesday, January 11 at 7pm Central time.
01/05/2022
Webinar January 2022

Join us for our first campaign webinar of 2022! Tuesday, January 11 at 7pm Central time.

Join the webinar on January 11 for updates on congressional advocacy to end Israeli military detention of Palestinian children.

Join us next Tuesday for our final campaign webinar in 2021!
12/02/2021
Webinar December 2021

Join us next Tuesday for our final campaign webinar in 2021!

Join the webinar on December 7 for updates on congressional advocacy to end Israeli military detention of Palestinian children.

So great to work with Loyola Dissenters to help train students from Sullivan HS to canvass Rogers Park and tell their ne...
10/30/2021

So great to work with Loyola Dissenters to help train students from Sullivan HS to canvass Rogers Park and tell their neighbors about Boeing taking our tax dollars while they manufacture weapons that kill. Then this new anti-war generation took home vintage AFSC EyesWide Open shirts! ❤️

Join us tomorrow at 11am CT for inspiration from campaigners in Ireland!
09/13/2021
Webinar September 2021

Join us tomorrow at 11am CT for inspiration from campaigners in Ireland!

Join the webinar on September 14 for updates on congressional advocacy to end Israeli military detention of Palestinian children.

  Safer alternatives to 911 happening in Chicago! Read all about it
07/12/2021
Safer alternatives to calling 911

Safer alternatives to 911 happening in Chicago! Read all about it

Last summer, the streets across the United States were filled with millions of people marching for Black lives and calling for defunding the police. In Chicago, it was a summer of protest—and also a clear reckoning with the failed policies of a city that spends $4.7 million per day on policing but...

07/09/2021
Policing and White Supremacy

A look at the ways that white supremacy and policing have been intertwined since the days of slave patrols, the impact of this connection, and what can be done about it.

TOMORROW! Join us via Zoom or here on facebook live tomorrow for POLICING AND WHITE SUPREMACY:  8pm ET/7pm CT/5pm PT. Th...
07/07/2021

TOMORROW! Join us via Zoom or here on facebook live tomorrow for POLICING AND WHITE SUPREMACY: 8pm ET/7pm CT/5pm PT. This is going to be such a great panel with speakers Aislinn Pulley(Co-Executive Director of Chicago Torture Justice Center and co-founder of Black Lives Matter Chicago), Dylan Rodriguez (author and Professor at the University of California, Riverside), Yazan Zahzah (co-author of "Why Treating White Supremacy as Domestic Terrorism Won't Work and How Not to Fall For It," and staff at Vigilant Love), Jamala Rogers (Organization for Black Struggle, St. Louis), and Tyler Wall (Associate Professor at University of Tennesee, Knoxville and co-author of "Police: A Field Guide"). REGISTER HERE: https://www.afsc.org/action/policing-and-white-supremacy

Join us on Tuesday!
06/11/2021
Webinar June 2021

Join us on Tuesday!

Join the webinar on June 15 for updates on congressional advocacy to end Israeli military detention of Palestinian children.

06/07/2021
No Cop Academy Documentary | Theatrical Trailer (2021)

Throwback to last Monday’s Toolkit Release and to the campaign! From 2017-2019, Chicago Black youth powerfully organized and led an effort against the construction of a $95 million dollar cop academy, and demanded the city of Chicago fund youth and communities instead. This upcoming documentary chronicles the explosive campaign through those who lived it.

“Real community safety comes from fully-funded schools and mental health centers, robust after-school and job-training programs, and social and economic justice. We want investment in our communities, not expanded resources for police.”


Full Documentary Coming Soon.

No Cop Academy
NoCopAcademy.com for more information about the campaign.
NoCopAcademy.com/Toolkit to download and read the toolkit.
SoapBoxPO.com/NoCopAcademy to see more visuals and PSAs from the campaign and updates on the documentary.

Get engaged in current abolitionist fights to take power away from police, prisons, and ICE and invested into our communities: The Final 5 Campaign, Students Strike Back, Stop General Iron, Defund CPD Campaign

Please attend and share a Facebook Live event connecting with Gaza, Tuesday, May 18 at 11am CT. Stream at www.afsc.org/f...
05/17/2021

Please attend and share a Facebook Live event connecting with Gaza, Tuesday, May 18 at 11am CT. Stream at www.afsc.org/fblive

Timeline photos
05/10/2021

Timeline photos

At least 20 Palestinians, including children, were killed by an Israeli bombing in Gaza today, following escalating violence. We have seen increased Israeli violence against Palestinians over the last weeks, including police raids on Al-Aqsa mosque, blocked access to Al-Aqsa for Palestinians during Ramadan, roadblocks to limit access to Jerusalem for Palestinian citizens of Israel, threatened forced displacement of Palestinian families in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood of Jerusalem, mass arrests of Palestinian activists, and other ongoing violations of Palestinian rights. Today, rockets were fired towards Israel from Gaza, and Israel quickly retaliated with multiple lethal bombings.

The current situation has its roots in occupation and apartheid which systematically denies Palestinians their rights and defines life in Palestine and Israel. This occupation has long been supported financially and politically by the U.S. government. At AFSC we continue to work with our Palestinian and Israeli partners as they push for a just and lasting peace. We offer our condolences to all those who have suffered loss and our solidarity to those pushing for change. We also renew our demand that the U.S. government end all military aid to Israel and demand accountability for ongoing violations of Palestinian rights: https://bit.ly/33DNywZ

Great opportunity this summer to learn new skills!
05/04/2021

Great opportunity this summer to learn new skills!

Launching our second ECONOMIC ACTIVISM SUMMER SCHOOL!

Do you want to learn more about the prison industrial complex? About mass surveillance and the border industry? About the great profiteers off the Israeli occupation of Palestine?

…even better: do you want to learn how to track these industries, find strategic points of leverage, and run successful campaigns that challenge and restrict their power?

Apply by May 16th!

The summer school will take place online from mid-June to mid-August 2021, with a weekly 3-hour session. The course will include guests and lectures as well as skills workshops, with topics such as divestment strategies, how to profile a company, the security industries, how to read financial reports, and investor activism 101.

Stipends of up to $1000 are available for participants who would dedicate one day a week to help us investigate the border and mass surveillance industries, to support corporate campaigns for immigrant justice.

For more information: https://investigate.afsc.org/updates/summer-school

We are excited to have a new bill in Congress that addresses Palestinian rights! Join us Tuesday, April 20 at 7pm CT to ...
04/20/2021
Webinar April 2021

We are excited to have a new bill in Congress that addresses Palestinian rights! Join us Tuesday, April 20 at 7pm CT to learn more about HR 2590, the "Palestinian and Families Act." Illinois Reps Newman, Garcia, Rush and Davis have added their names to co-sponsor! Webinar registration is here: https://nwttac.dci-palestine.org/nwttac_webinar_20210420

Join the webinar on April 20 for updates on congressional advocacy to end Israeli military detention of Palestinian children.

Join us this Friday in a Chicago tradition - the Good Friday Walk for Justice. Online this year... register here: https:...
03/30/2021

Join us this Friday in a Chicago tradition - the Good Friday Walk for Justice. Online this year... register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYvf-2rqj4uHNJnqYCpyB_lgK7hc7jKqvGl

Join us this Friday as we join in the Chicago annual Good Friday Walk for Justice. This year's theme is "Rise Up and Roll Away the Stone" Register here to join the online gathering (April 2 at noon). https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYvf-2rqj4uHNJnqYCpyB_lgK7hc7jKqvGl

"We have the power to roll away stones of white supremacy, greed, and state violence. As we roll the stones away, we commit to co-create systems in which resources are shared, allowing our imaginations to generate radically new ways of living and thriving in a more just society.

We believe that the stone of injustice will be rolled away in our rejection of the status quo. As Easter people we recommit ourselves to choose actions of trans- formation. Together we pledge our efforts to bring about greater justice for all peoples and Earth itself."

This page contains some resources to help you stand up to anti-Asian racism.  We are in solidarity with communities in A...
03/19/2021
Standing up to anti-Asian racism

This page contains some resources to help you stand up to anti-Asian racism. We are in solidarity with communities in Atlanta and across the country and will defend our friends, neighbors, and families against racist violence.

Reports of anti-Asian attacks and harassment are once again on the rise—after being fueled earlier in the pandemic by xenophobic rhetoric by then President Trump. Today it’s as critical as ever that we do all that we can to stop it in its tracks.

Timeline photos
03/18/2021

Timeline photos

We are devastated to hear of the shootings at Atlanta massage parlors that left at least eight people dead – six of whom were Asian women. This appears to be a racist and misogynistic attack that is consistent with the dramatic rise in white supremacist anti-Asian violence and rhetoric over the past year.

The white suspect in these killings was arrested without incident or harm to his life. The care shown to him stands in sharp contrast to Atlanta Police officers in the killings of Rayshard Brooks and former AFSC intern Oscar Cain. We stand with communities in Atlanta and across the country to defend our friends, neighbors, and families against racist violence.

If you are interested in ending those endless wars, you might want to check out the Chicago Area Peace Action spring mem...
03/16/2021
EVENTS – Chicago Area Peace Action

If you are interested in ending those endless wars, you might want to check out the Chicago Area Peace Action spring membership meeting, this Friday from 6-8:30 pm. They also have a bunch of great events coming up in March! http://www.chipeaceaction.org/events/

Every new Presidential administration starts with attractive promises made to working class people: Good jobs, healthcare, prosperity for all.

Join us tomorrow night for our first campaign webinar for 2021!
01/18/2021
Webinar January 2021

Join us tomorrow night for our first campaign webinar for 2021!

Join the webinar on January 19 for updates and opportunities to engage the 117th Congress and the incoming Biden administration to end Israeli military detention of Palestinian children.

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We hope you will register for and attend this Zoom interview with Dr. Mazin Qumsiyeh of the Palestine Natural History Musuem in Bethlehem. A Palestinian activist and advocate for sustainable human and natural communities.
https://www.facebook.com/events/683663640131991
This past weekend we had a community fair at the Center, organized by Chicago Torture Justice Memorials. We had a blast! Thank you so so much to everyone who came out.

Special thanks to Jen Ash for making the delicious food, DJ NuWhirl Production for the great music!

BIG thank you to our partner organizations:
Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression
Coalition to End Money Bond
American Friends Service Committee--Chicago
Defund CPD Campaign
In the struggle for Palestinian liberation, we must center Gaza.


Recently, two of the authors contributing to "Light in Gaza: Writings Born of Fire," economic development & social inclusion specialist Asmaa Abu Mezied and journalist & translator Yousef M. Aljamal, spoke at a book event sponsored by American Friends Service Committee--Chicago and Haymarket Books. They described the slow death that Israel has forced upon the Palestinian people living under Israel's blockade and horrific bombings in Gaza, and the importance of action to meet political demands and stop Israel's violence.


"Our suffering is different" in Gaza, Asmaa Abu Mezied said, and it's important to acknowledge that in activism for Palestinian liberation. "There is so much pressure on us to always try to be strong, to say we are okay, when we are not."


Yousef Aljamal said hope is a difficult balance between the reality of daily suffering in Gaza and the knowledge that one day the Palestinian people will be victorious. "We have hope because we know the course of history will eventually allow Palestinians to practice self-determination and have their rights, someday."


¡ES HOY!🙌🏻💥

ÏO Justice Imac Ayuntamiento de Tijuana ACNUR, la Agencia de la ONU para los Refugiados OIM Centroamérica y Norteamérica Casa de Oracion del Migrante, A.C. Pueblo Sin Fronteras Border Youth Collective American Friends Service Committee--Chicago American Friends Service Committee
CHICAGO: In spite of Israel's 15 years of blockading and bombing the people of Gaza, they will not be silent about their struggle and their freedom dreams.


Join American Friends Service Committee--Chicago & Haymarket Books on October 17 to hear from 2 authors of the Light In Gaza collection. Mark your calendars and check out the event link below for more details!
Next weekend! We’re beyond excited to collaborate with 15 local abolitionist organizations. The event has sold out but we’ll be posting photos and videos from the day. Stay in the loop with us and these organizations for more events! Below is our list of tablers:

- American Friends Service Committee--Chicago
- Believers Bail Out
- Chicago Books to Women in Prison
- Dissenters,
- Haymarket Books
- Justice for Nickolas Lee
- Liberation Library
- Love & Protect
- Midwest Books to Prisoners
- Parole Illinois
- Precious Blood Ministry Of Reconciliation
- Pushing Envelopes Chicago
- REAL Youth Initiative
- Study and Struggle
-The Women's Justice Institute - WJI - The Reclamation Project
to July 26th where The Final 5 Campaign took over the Thompson Center demanding that Governor JB Pritzker stop building a new youth prison in Lincoln, IL!

“IF THEY TRY TO BUILD IT, WE’LL SHUT IT DOWN!” There are still 5 youth prisons in Illinois and Governor JB Pritzker is trying to build a 6th. Listen to young people and invest in youth, NOT prisons!

Shoutout to American Friends Service Committee--Chicago's WILD Summer Youth Organizing Program for leading and Brighton Park Neighborhood Council and Circles & Ciphers for throwing down!

https://fb.me/e/2OMQg8s0W
This Wednesday! Register now.
https://fb.me/e/3VFrzIhyu
This Sunday, 9/18, Indiana Center for Middle East Peace hosts Garth Hewitt in a benefit concert for the Children of Bethlehem, free and open to the public. Please join us, and come see our new office as well, at Amistad Cristiana Center, Fort Wayne, IN. And as always, if you absolutely can't make it, all our in-person programs are live-streamed at our FB Group Page here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/190616978180112
Join American Friends Service Committee--Chicago on Friday 9/23, for a film screening of “Undeterred,” a documentary about policing & border militarization in Arivaca, Arizona and community resistance to it.

When: Friday, September 23 at 5:30 PM
Where: 637 S. Dearborn St

Masks are required indoors at all times, and will be required to those who need one. Light refreshments will be offered before and after for those who arrive early to consume outdoors.
Please RSVP here so we can get an accurate count of who's coming!
Space is limited to 40 people.

RSVP here: https://secure.afsc.org/a/undeterred
"The Law and the Prophets" is available for viewing now. Register now for Michael Spath's Sept. 7 interview with three of the film's participants and the film's creator/director.
https://fb.me/e/59HSrz4ZR
The window for viewing "The Law and the Prophets" has begun! The event notice has been updated to include the Vimeo link and Password. Don't forget to register for the Sept. 7 webinar! Hosted by Indiana Center for Middle East Peace.
https://fb.me/e/59HSrz4ZR
Register now for the interview with participants in the film on Sept. 7. View the film at your convenience Sept 1-7. Vimeo link to view the film will be made availiable Sept. 1. Please attend, and share with your networks. And thank you from Michael Spath and the Indiana Center for Middle East Peace!
https://fb.me/e/59HSrz4ZR
Please attend, and share with your networks, this upcoming interview with Don Wagner, iconic activist for Palestinian rights, hosted by Indiana Center for Middle East Peace. Coming up this Wednesday, August 24 at 12noon ET. And thank you, from Michael Spath and ICMEP! https://fb.me/e/6lQpJKlux
Mark your calendar.
VIGIL AGAINST THE DRONES
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Wisconsin Coalition to Ground the Drones and End the Wars
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