AFSC Bay Area

AFSC Bay Area The American Friends Service Committee is a Quaker organization that includes people of various faiths committed to social justice, peace and humanitarian service. Our Bay Area office houses our 67 Suenos, Healing Justice, and Economic Activism programs.

Good news!!!After pressure from #BDS movement, its own workers and investors, Microsoft has agreed to divest from Israel...
03/28/2020
Microsoft sells stake in Israeli facial recognition company

Good news!!!

After pressure from #BDS movement, its own workers and investors, Microsoft has agreed to divest from Israeli surveillance firm AnyVision!!!

#BDSVICTORY #DivestmentisCool #DivestBigBrother

Microsoft's venture capital arm, M12, invested in AnyVision as part of a $74 million funding round in June 2019.

Leaders of Pelican Bay Hunger Strike Release Update on Prison Conditions
02/14/2020
Leaders of Pelican Bay Hunger Strike Release Update on Prison Conditions

Leaders of Pelican Bay Hunger Strike Release Update on Prison Conditions

OAKLAND, CA (February 14, 2020) This month, the leaders of the hunger strikes that swept through the California prison system in 2011 and 2013 released a statement reporting on the progress that had been made and the work that still needs to be done.

American Friends Service Committee
02/12/2020
American Friends Service Committee

American Friends Service Committee

AFSC applauds the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, who today published the long-awaited list of companies doing business in illegal Israeli settlements, despite U.S. pressure.

“Companies doing business in illegal Israeli settlements are complicit in war crimes,” said Dalit Baum, AFSC’s director of economic activism. “The companies highlighted in this report should take immediate steps to stop these activities.”

For the full list of companies profiting from the Israeli occupation, check out www.whoprofits.org

02/04/2020

Help us investigate the industry of immigrant repression and mass surveillance: spread the word about this fellowship opportunity!

The Economic Activism Program of the AFSC is looking to hire a research fellow to work out of our Oakland, CA office. This is a 4-days a week, year-long, full benefits opportunity.

The fellowship is designed for a researcher/ activist interested in exposing corporations complicit in mass surveillance and criminalization of immigrant communities, in the militarization of the US-Mexico border, in immigrant detention and deportation. See the full job description and apply only on the AFSC website:
https://recruiting.ultipro.com/AME1068/JobBoard/34b788f5-e07e-3fb3-8e73-08c36602a07b/OpportunityDetail?opportunityId=8daa91e0-922a-4366-a01d-68581fb9c174

American Friends Service Committee
01/28/2020
American Friends Service Committee

American Friends Service Committee

The #DealOfTheCentury is a plan for sustained apartheid and injustice and must be treated as such. The Trump administration’s “deal” must be opposed. Here is our analysis:

Scientists for Palestine
11/19/2019
Scientists for Palestine

Scientists for Palestine

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Mr. Ubai Aboudi, one of Scientists for Palestine's closest partners in Palestine, was brutally abducted from his house on Wednesday at 3 a.m. in the morning and is currently held in jail without charges.

For this reason S4P started a campaign to call for his release which will be escalated in case he is not released on Monday. The statement below has the full support of Ubai's family as well as the signatures of many prominent scientists among which Nobel prize winner George Smith.

Please share it as widely as possible among your contacts and social media. On top of the moral duty that we have to call for the release of Ubai, with Mr. Aboudi in jail, the fate of the upcoming Third International Meeting for Science in Palestine at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is at stake.

#ScientistsForPalestine #ReleaseUbaiAboudi #ScienceDefeatsOccupation

American Friends Service Committee
11/19/2019
American Friends Service Committee

American Friends Service Committee

Today U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced that the U.S. does not consider Israeli settlements a violation of international law. This breaks with long standing U.S. policy which has opposed Israeli settlements in the West Bank. While the Trump administration has changed its position, international law has not changed. Settlements remain a violation of international law, as re-affirmed by the UN Security Council in 2016. This move by the U.S. opens the door for Israel to formally annex significant portions of the West Bank.

This is very clearly a situation of apartheid where two separate systems of law exist for Palestinians and Israelis living in the same geographic location under complete Israeli control

Please sign this petition, to free Khalida Jarrar, Palestinian Legislative Council member and courageous activist, jaile...
11/14/2019
Free Khalida Jarrar

Please sign this petition, to free Khalida Jarrar, Palestinian Legislative Council member and courageous activist, jailed by Israel with no charge, again.

11/09/2019
American Friends Service Committee

American Friends Service Committee

Urge your representative to attend a congressional briefing–organized by U.S. Rep. Betty McCollum and faith groups, including AFSC—on the need to protect the rights of Palestinian children detained by the Israeli military. Take action now: https://www.afsc.org/NoWayBriefing

07/24/2019
American Friends Service Committee

Good news!

This week BNP Paribas joined JPMorgan Chase, Wells Fargo, SunTrust, and Bank of America in committing to stop providing credit to private prison and immigrant detention center operators. AFSC’s Dalit Baum speaks to the significance of these commitments – and what needs to happen next.

11/28/2018
American Friends Service Committee

Witness: “No Warning” Before U.S. Border Patrol Started Tear Gassing Central American Asylum Seekers - Pedro Rios of AFSC-San Diego

Witness: “No Warning” Before U.S. Border Patrol Started Tear Gassing Central American Asylum Seekers - Pedro Rios of AFSC-San Diego

The AFSC seeks an experienced manager and proven collaborator to join our West Region management team. This person will ...
06/19/2018

The AFSC seeks an experienced manager and proven collaborator to join our West Region management team.

This person will help provide strategic and creative leadership for our region's youth, immigrant rights, food justice, ending mass incarceration and peacebuilding programs. They will support and promote excellence in the region’s program implementation, financial management, fundraising, and communications.

The position can be based in Los Angeles, Denver, Oakland, San Diego or Seattle (Tucson, Albuquerque or Salem, OR may be considered).

Applications due July 9, 2018. To learn more and apply, click here: http://bit.ly/apply_AFSC_AARD

American Friends Service Committee
05/20/2018
American Friends Service Committee

American Friends Service Committee

From the start of protests in Gaza on March 30th and through today, at least 105 Palestinians had been killed by Israel in Gaza and over 10,000 had been injured. We cannot remain silent as this oppression and violence continue. Take action today:

30000 ppl matched today to the Gaza border. The Israeli army used live fire against protestors. 15 were killed, over 140...
03/30/2018

30000 ppl matched today to the Gaza border. The Israeli army used live fire against protestors. 15 were killed, over 1400 wounded.
Tomorrow at noon near civic center : join us in protest!

We denounce Israel’s use of force and the wounding and killing of Palestinian protesters, who are demanding their right to return amidst deteriorating conditions under the Gaza blockade and land grabs in the West Bank.

#GazaUnlocked http://gazaunlocked.org/

We are still looking for a wonderful researcher for the Economic Activism program - please help us share this!
03/16/2018

We are still looking for a wonderful researcher for the Economic Activism program - please help us share this!

Still open!
The AFSC is looking for an Economic Activism Intern:

Follow the money…. Investigate the prison industry and immigrant detention, the U.S. Mexico border wall and the exploitation of the families and communities of immigrants and incarcerated people. Help us expose the profiteers from state violence, and from the Israeli occupation.

This is a paid, 6-month, part time internship. ROlling application, by the end of March. For more details: https://www.afsc.org/internship/economic-activism-intern-1

Job opportunity with the AFSC: Regional Communications AssociateThe AFSC seeks an organized, committed, flexible, creati...
03/16/2018

Job opportunity with the AFSC: Regional Communications Associate

The AFSC seeks an organized, committed, flexible, creative and fun team member as our new Regional Communications Associate in Oakland. This person will provide high quality administrative, communications, and logistics support for our social justice programs across the West Region. They will work with our management team to develop communications and social media efforts that support the region’s programs, fundraising, and overall visibility.

Apply online by April 6th: http://bit.ly/2p4o2xk

American Friends Service Committee
02/18/2018
American Friends Service Committee

American Friends Service Committee

In January, AFSC was included in a list of 20 international organizations whose staff could be banned from entering Israel because of our support for the Palestinian-led boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) movement. Here's what else you should know about AFSC’s support for the BDS movement:

02/15/2018
American Friends Service Committee

American Friends Service Committee

Sending love and appreciation to everyone who participated yesterday in our #ValentineToGaza day of action. Here are just a few of the many messages sent. Find out more about our work at gazaunlocked.org.

American Friends Service Committee
12/28/2017

American Friends Service Committee

We're hiring! Full-time Assistant Regional Director (AARD) for the West Region. The AARD will assists the Regional Director in providing strategic and creative leadership in the West Region, a 13-state area in which there are 11 programs. Apply here by January 12: afsc.org/job-center

American Friends Service Committee
12/27/2017

American Friends Service Committee

We're hiring! Full-time Assistant Regional Director (AARD) for the West Region. The AARD will assists the Regional Director in providing strategic and creative leadership in the West Region, a 13-state area in which there are 11 programs. Apply here by January 12: afsc.org/job-center

12/27/2017
recruiting.ultipro.com

Wanted: Assistant Regional Director for our West Region.

We are seeking an organizational wizard to help build our programs for social justice across the West region.

This is a unique opportunity for candidates with organizational experience to join the leadership team of the AFSC and support immigrant rights and prison abolition, food justice and indigenous rights, peace and resistance.

More details and the application form below. Please forward to good candidates!

American Friends Service Committee
11/20/2017
American Friends Service Committee

American Friends Service Committee

Last month, AFSC staff went to Gaza. In this week's Acting in Faith Blog, Brant Rosen shares his photos and reflections on the memorials he saw in Gaza.

American Friends Service Committee
11/15/2017
American Friends Service Committee

American Friends Service Committee

AFSC urges the fast passage of the 'Promoting Human Rights by Ending Israeli Military Detention of Palestinian Children Act'. The legislation would ensure that U.S. financial assistance provided to Israel is not used to support holding Palestinian children in Israeli military detention or prosecuting them in a military court. #NoWayToTreatAChild

American Friends Service Committee
11/15/2017
American Friends Service Committee

American Friends Service Committee

This bill is an unprecedented action in support of Palestinian rights. Military detention is no way to treat a child.

Tomorrow is the day of our Centennial Celebration! We would love to see you there. We have workshops from 10 am - 3 pm a...
10/28/2017

Tomorrow is the day of our Centennial Celebration! We would love to see you there. We have workshops from 10 am - 3 pm and a final plenary celebration with music and performances from 3-5. Join us at the First Unitarian Church of Oakland to remember 100 years of Waging Peace!

100 years of Waging Peace! Join us to remember and celebrate on Oct. 28 in Oakland. More info at www.afsc.org/bayarea100
10/21/2017

100 years of Waging Peace! Join us to remember and celebrate on Oct. 28 in Oakland. More info at www.afsc.org/bayarea100

10/16/2017
Music To Unify- La Gente

We are so pleased to have La Gente SF as guests at our 100-year anniversary celebration! We would love you to be our guest as well! RSVP at www.afsc.org/bayarea100

Son of Immigrants and raised in San Francisco, CA, Rafael dedicates his life to inspire future generations. listen to his story and why it is important to ke...

Our very own, John Lindsay-Poland just published an article arguing against responses to the Las Vegas shooting that cal...
10/14/2017
Opinion: Las Vegas, SWAT teams and the cult of the gun

Our very own, John Lindsay-Poland just published an article arguing against responses to the Las Vegas shooting that call for more SWAT team competitions like Urban Shield.

"Instead of further militarizing police in our communities, we should respond to the Las Vegas shooting by reducing the legal availability and cultural worship of high-powered guns – in anyone’s hands – that are designed only to violently take human life."

Instead of further militarizing police, we should reduce the legal availability and cultural worship of assault weapons.

10/14/2017
Peace Through All People

Emma's Revolution is just one of the great performers who will be with us at our Centennial Celebration on October 28! Visit www.afsc.org/bayarea100 to get your tickets and RSVP to join us

Especially on the anniversary of 9/11, we are honored to launch "Peace Through All People", a stunningly beautiful and moving video of our song "Peace Salaam...

Hope to see you soon!
09/23/2017

Hope to see you soon!

Two very important events coming up regarding the disappearance of the 43 students and mass disappearances in Mexico.
09/12/2017

Two very important events coming up regarding the disappearance of the 43 students and mass disappearances in Mexico.

American Friends Service Committee
08/23/2017
American Friends Service Committee

American Friends Service Committee

We must ensure this legislation does not move forward. If you have already taken action, please share it with friends. If not, take action and tell Congress to oppose these bills.

08/16/2017
There is no "both sides" to racist hate and violence

"There is no “both sides” when it comes to racist hate and violence. The president’s failure to genuinely condemn white supremacy and vociferous attack on counter protesters - who stood against hate at risk of safety and life - is completely unacceptable."

AFSC has issued an official statement on the President's remarks on Tuesday August 15. Follow the link to see the full statement.

In response to the president's comments on Charlottesville on Tuesday August 15, 2017 the American Friends Service Committee released the following statement:

American Friends Service Committee
08/15/2017
American Friends Service Committee

American Friends Service Committee

On Saturday Aug. 12, white nationalists—armed with Nazi and confederate flags, torches, shields, and weapons—converged in Charlottesville, Virginia, for a “Unite the Right” rally. They were met with hundreds of anti-racist and anti-fascist protestors. A white supremacist drove his car into the protests, killing one person and injuring dozens. Since then, thousands have rallied in cities across the country to show their support for Charlottesville and their opposition to white supremacy. Here's what we're reading to learn more.

Today several of us were at Lawrence Livermore National Labs where US nuclear weapons are created today. We stood with f...
08/09/2017

Today several of us were at Lawrence Livermore National Labs where US nuclear weapons are created today. We stood with friends and allies commemorating the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and calling for an end to all nuclear weapons. We even saw our Friends in Emma's Revolution who will be joining our program on October 28.

Die-in at gates of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory for Atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki remembrance and #NoNukesNoWar Tri-Valley CAREs

With tensions rising between the US and North Korea, you can make your voice heard by using the link below to contact Co...
08/09/2017
American Friends Service Committee

With tensions rising between the US and North Korea, you can make your voice heard by using the link below to contact Congress and the Trump administration to urge them to pursue diplomacy, not war, with North Korea.

TAKE ACTION NOW: Tensions between the U.S. and DPRK (North Korea) are reaching new heights, and the possibility for military conflict is growing. The U.S. continues to avoid direct dialogue with North Korea, instead favoring sanctions and a strong-arm approach to bring North Korea to the table. This must change.

08/02/2017
We are proud of our partners at Californians United for a Responsible Budget (CURB),  Communities United for Restorative...
06/28/2017
curbprisonspending.org

We are proud of our partners at Californians United for a Responsible Budget (CURB), Communities United for Restorative Youth Justice, Friends Committee on Legislation of California and all the other orgs that have been working on the RISE Act to get rid of harmful enhancement that increase sentencing time and directly contribute to the problem of Mass Incarceration. The bill passed the CA Assembly Public Safety Committee yesterday and now is one step closer to a floor vote. There's more work to be done and we can't let up pressure yet! Read more here

AFSC Bay Area
06/08/2017

AFSC Bay Area

AFSC Bay Area's cover photo
06/08/2017

AFSC Bay Area's cover photo

Politics on Empty Stomachs: Palestinian Prisoners Demand Dignity and Self-Determination | Social Justice
05/24/2017
Politics on Empty Stomachs: Palestinian Prisoners Demand Dignity and Self-Determination | Social Justice

Politics on Empty Stomachs: Palestinian Prisoners Demand Dignity and Self-Determination | Social Justice

The hunger strike of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli prisons is both a just demand to reinstate dignifying imprisonment conditions and a powerful political protest against the ongoing Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories. These are two very good reasons to support the reasonable, reali...

12/26/2016
My Modern Met

My Modern Met

Alexa Meade uses her trademark technique to depict "frustrations with the increasing violence that is haunting American society today."

Color of Reality is written, directed, and choreographed by Jon Boogz. Movement artists Jon Boogz and Charles Riley aka Lil Buck.

Watch the full version, here: http://bit.ly/2bWQXKm

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When I was in public high school, I had an acquaintance who craved disapproval. He became a white supremacist solely to make his family ashamed of him. In truth, he did not care about race at all. I perceived a risk that if I let this man into my home, he might drop a deuce on my carpet. He got more satisfaction out of making a first date spend her mad-money than he did out of getting laid. I referred to him as a diss-o-maniac. He tried to rape me once. I took it as a joke, but I threw him across the room anyway, without even trying. I sent him flying through the air, and his trajectory did not stop until he hit the far wall of the room. Then I told him that if he ever made that joke again, I’d leave immediately, and never speak to him again. This was effective behavior modification, because he wanted to be the most hated person in the community without being exiled from the community.
My father passed away on May 8, 2018. He made it to the age of 96, and he lived a good life. He was a college professor, and putting an end to the War in Vietnam meant more to him than making tenure. Not publishing led to him perishing at UCSB. After my father perished at UCSB, he moved on to Cal State Northridge. His name was Charles H. Hubbell. He was a sociology professor who had a strong interest in mathematics. He sought to understand mathematical patterns in the evolution of societies around the world.