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.

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Berkeley City Council passes groundbreaking police demilitarization ordinance
04/30/2021
Berkeley City Council passes groundbreaking police demilitarization ordinance

Berkeley City Council passes groundbreaking police demilitarization ordinance

BERKELEY, CA (April 28, 2021) On April 27, the City Council in Berkeley, California unanimously passed an ordinance to oversee and make transparent militarized police equipment used for crowd control and SWAT operations. The measure applies to all such equipment, whether or not police get it from th...

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04/30/2021

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Today's a very special day for AFSC: it's our birthday!

AFSC was founded 104 years ago at the height of World War I to provide conscientious objectors with alternatives to military service. Since then, we've served communities all around the US and worldwide responding to conflicts and crises, from warfare and disasters, to social issues of inequality, economic injustice, and government oppression.

As we go further into our second century, we continue our commitment to cultivating societies that are peaceful and just in an ever-changing world. To learn more about our history, click here: https://bit.ly/3t2o72t

#history #fbf #FlashbackFriday #OTD #OTDinHistory #HappyBirthday #HBD

H.R. 2590 Cosponsors
04/30/2021
H.R. 2590 Cosponsors

H.R. 2590 Cosponsors

See all the representatives who have cosponsored H.R. 2590, the Palestinian Children and Families Act, introduced by Rep. Betty McCollum on April 15, 2021.

04/30/2021

This #MothersDay, we're calling for a gift that keeps giving: freedom from #MassIncarceration! From #MayDay to Mothers Day, AFSC is organizing events and protests across the US to demand that people be released from jails, prisons, and detention centers. https://bit.ly/3sZPkCV

“If incarceration stopped violence, the U.S. would be the safest country in the world." - AFSC's Lewis Webb.

The punitive incarceration model doesn't work, so we're calling to #FreeThemAll! Learn more about this week of action: https://bit.ly/3ny6E0G

04/29/2021

Congrats to ReFraming Justice Organizer Enrique Olivares-Pelayo on graduating summa cm laude with honors and dual degrees in English and Creative Writing (along with a Certification in Technical and Professional Writing)!

Overcomer, you get to choose your story. Keep writing your way forward for all of us. Felicidades! ♥️✊🏽🌱

Stop U.S. tax dollars from funding human rights abuses against Palestinians!
04/27/2021
Stop U.S. tax dollars from funding human rights abuses against Palestinians!

Stop U.S. tax dollars from funding human rights abuses against Palestinians!

Under Israel’s prolonged military occupation, millions of Palestinians are denied their basic rights. Since 2000, more than 10,000 Palestinian children in the West Bank have been arrested and held in Israeli military detention, where their rights to protection and due process are systematically vi...

Protecting the right to protest in the UK: Proposed restrictions amongst a stark decline in democracy across the world |...
04/27/2021
Protecting the right to protest in the UK: Proposed restrictions amongst a stark decline in democracy across the world | AFSC Under the Mask

Protecting the right to protest in the UK: Proposed restrictions amongst a stark decline in democracy across the world | AFSC Under the Mask

by Libby Chase Blog | Apr 23, 2021 This blog series is part of an independent project to highlight and discuss examples of how civic space is being restricted during the pandemic, and how activists and civil society groups are resisting government abuses. I hope to bring context and relevance to thi...

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04/21/2021

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Today, the people of Iran are battling yet another deadly wave of Covid-19. Yet instead of helping, the U.S. is adding fuel to the fire, maintaining devastating broad-based sanctions that make it harder to access urgently-needed medical and humanitarian supplies.

We are joining 40+ organizations in calling on the Biden administration to provide immediate, humanitarian sanctions relief for the people of Iran. #EndCovidSanctions
https://responsiblestatecraft.org/2021/04/21/groups-call-on-biden-to-offer-iran-coronavirus-relief/

04/21/2021

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS
ArteVism Fellowship Program:
Strengthening California’s Central Valley Youth of Color Leadership
Through the Intersection of the Arts and Civic Engagement

Nominations must be submitted by May 7, 2021

The American Friends Service Committee Pan Valley Institute (PVI) is calling for nominations for youth of color (18 to 29) to participate in a second cohort of our ArteVism Fellowship Program from June 2021 to January 2022.

The ArteVism Fellowship Program seeks to continue building community capacity; empowering and fostering civic engagement through artistic creative expression and collective leadership among California’s Central Valley Youth of Color.

We are inviting you to nominate an emerging artist/activist youth of color as a candidate with the potential to become an ArteVism Fellow. We need your support finding the right candidate for this exceptional program. Building on the work of the first year, a new group of five Fellows will be recruited. Each of the new Fellows will recruit five community members to volunteer in a Learning Group. The Learning Groups will be a support structure for the Fellows to tap into resources and reach further into their communities.

Fellows will have to allocate 20 hours per week to program. They will an honorarium of $15,000 dollars as an award for their commitment to become agents of social change expanding and sustaining cultural and artistic expression and their present and future contribution to creating vibrant and engaged Central Valley communities.

The $15,000 dollars honorarium is intended to cover lost wages, purchase of equipment for effective online connectivity and other expenses needed for a full and productive participation in the program.

For more information please feel free to contact Minerva Mendoza at [email protected] (559) 222-7678

Despite Chauvin conviction, trauma of police violence continues
04/20/2021
Despite Chauvin conviction, trauma of police violence continues

Despite Chauvin conviction, trauma of police violence continues

SAINT PAUL, MN (April 20, 2021) Today, a Minneapolis jury found Derrick Chauvin – a white police officer – guilty for the murder of George Floyd. George Floyd – a Black 46-year-old Minneapolis resident – was killed by Chauvin and three other officers on May 25 of last year. Floyd’s murder ...

#nowaytotreatachild Webinar April 2021
04/20/2021
#nowaytotreatachild Webinar April 2021

#nowaytotreatachild Webinar April 2021

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

Stop U.S. tax dollars from funding human rights abuses against Palestinians!
04/16/2021
Stop U.S. tax dollars from funding human rights abuses against Palestinians!

Stop U.S. tax dollars from funding human rights abuses against Palestinians!

Under Israel’s prolonged military occupation, millions of Palestinians are denied their basic rights. Since 2000, more than 10,000 Palestinian children in the West Bank have been arrested and held in Israeli military detention, where their rights to protection and due process are systematically vi...

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04/16/2021

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AFSC welcomes the Biden administration’s decision to pull all U.S. troops out of Afghanistan by September 11, 2021. After nearly two decades of war it is long past time to withdraw U.S. troops. As we welcome them home, we must also mourn the loss of life that resulted from this needless and drawn out war. And while this will mark an end to U.S. war in Afghanistan, the broader “global war on terror” continues. We hope that this move will only be a first step toward reconsidering the militarized approaches that have driven U.S. policy over the last decades. We need investments in shared security, human rights, and peace building, not militarism and death.

Making New Worlds
04/16/2021
Making New Worlds

Making New Worlds

This week the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) has been offering a series of online events related to “Making New Worlds – Pursuing Peace with Justice.” What does it mean…

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04/16/2021

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Victory for justice! Rep. Betty McCollum of Minnesota just introduced the boldest Palestinian rights bill yet. Backed by 70+ orgs, the Palestinian Children and Families Act prevents our tax $ from funding Israel caging kids, destroying homes & stealing land.

We are proud to sponsor the Palestinian Children and Families Act. US tax dollars should not fund violence against the Palestinian people.

#nowaytotreatachild #InvestInJustice

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04/15/2021

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The proposed budget from the Biden administration makes some progress in addressing human rights needs, but still falls short of making moves to dismantle abusive immigration enforcement agencies. The #DefundHate coalition has released a statement urging for real change. Read here: https://bit.ly/2QpXV4s

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04/15/2021

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Today: Join a #Twitterstorm calling on the Biden administration to #EndTitle42 and restore support for people seeking #asylum! Use this toolkit to join in: https://bit.ly/3mWKXar

Welcome! You are invited to join a webinar: Asylum-seekers and Migrants at the U.S.Mexico Border.. After registering, yo...
04/14/2021
Welcome! You are invited to join a webinar: Asylum-seekers and Migrants at the U.S.Mexico Border.. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the webinar.

Welcome! You are invited to join a webinar: Asylum-seekers and Migrants at the U.S.Mexico Border.. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the webinar.

Webinar with Kathy Bougher on the current situation in the US-Mexico border. Kathy Bougher is a Denver-based educator, feminist activist, and independent writer. She has witnessed diverse aspects of the U.S.-Mexico border since the early 2000s. Since 2014 she has made several trips to the Texas-Mexi...

Photos from Youth Undoing Institutional Racism's post
04/14/2021

Photos from Youth Undoing Institutional Racism's post

West Region News April 2021
04/13/2021
West Region News April 2021

West Region News April 2021

Featuring an invitation to a May 15 concert benefitting the Oregon-Washington Immigrant Rights Program, the latest on work in New Mexico’s Farm to Early Childhood Education Program, and work in Colorado to convey community members’ opinions on federal immigration legislation.

#nowaytotreatachild Webinar April 2021
04/13/2021
#nowaytotreatachild Webinar April 2021

#nowaytotreatachild Webinar April 2021

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

04/12/2021

AFSC joins communities in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota and nationwide in mourning the death of Daunte Wright.

We are devastated to see another Black man’s life cut short by police violence, but sadly not surprised. Daunte’s killing is indicative of a system that perennially devalues Black and Brown life and serves as yet another painful reminder that racist policing institutions cannot be reformed. We need to instead build systems that put the needs of communities first.

Our thoughts are with Daunte’s family and friends, and we will honor his memory and that of so many others by continuing our work to build peaceful communities.

Join with us in taking action: tell your governors to invest in community solutions instead of funding more police and furthering criminalization. Take action here: https://bit.ly/3uMWDPY

#DaunteWright #BlackLivesMatter #DefundThePolice

Quaker org says Biden budget makes progress on human needs, overspends on defense and enforcement
04/10/2021
Quaker org says Biden budget makes progress on human needs, overspends on defense and enforcement

Quaker org says Biden budget makes progress on human needs, overspends on defense and enforcement

WASHINGTON, DC (April 9, 2021) Today the Biden administration released their 2022 “skinny budget,” which provides a big picture of how the president would like to allocate discretionary funding for the coming year. The American Friends Service Committee – a Quaker organization that has worked ...

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04/10/2021

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The Biden admin's proposed budget increases defense spending by $13 billion. Think of the good that money could do: less warfare and incarceration, more community investment. Tell Congress today to #MoveTheMoney and demilitarize the budget! Take action: https://bit.ly/2QemOQd

Sign the petition: Keep Homestead Detention Center closed — End the detention of migrant children!
04/09/2021
Sign the petition: Keep Homestead Detention Center closed — End the detention of migrant children!

Sign the petition: Keep Homestead Detention Center closed — End the detention of migrant children!

In 2019, the American Friends Service Committee and partners in Florida worked with advocates across the country to shut down the nation’s largest detention center for migrant children in Homestead, Florida, which was notorious for its human rights violations and the role it played in Trump's fami...

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04/08/2021

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Tonight: join a conversation with AFSC, Peace By Piece NOLA, Arab American Action Network, and Secure Justice about how expansive surveillance and policing won't make us safer, but community-based responses can. https://bit.ly/3dMS4xZ

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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 r**e 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.