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.

Mission: We believe in peace -- and we act on those beliefs. We believe in social justice -- and we create it. We believe in human dignity -- and we nurture it. Join us and help build a better world.

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West Region News December 2020
12/11/2020
West Region News December 2020

West Region News December 2020

Featuring a #FreeThemAll Virtual Concert on December 17 organized by the Colorado office, a new report from San Diego on “Countering ICE’s Abusive Practices with Community Resiliency,” and a profile of 67 Sueños new lead organizer.

Pan Valley Institute
12/10/2020

Pan Valley Institute

Register Here: https://bit.ly/33MtkBW
Noteworthy changes have swept across the Central Valley's political landscape over the past 10 years as an increasing number of women, younger Latinx and people of color run for public office. This webinar will provide space for dialogue between the Valley's elected officials and young adults looking at a future in which they can play a role in increasing their active citizenship. Incoming and currently serving politicians have been invited to share the map they have followed on the road to becoming elected officials, as well as the challenges they have faced along the way. We hope this webinar will contribute to increasing the public understanding of how political activism can contribute to creating a more democratic landscape in the region.

Laura Garcia, Council Assistant for Council President Miguel Arias
Jesse Ornelas, Program Coordinator for Rise and Lift in Merced
Bertha A. Perez, Labor Organizer
Sup. Lee Lor, Merced County Board of Supervisors
Jewel Hurtado, Council Member for City of Kingsburg
Daniel Peñaloza, Council Member for the City of Porterville

12/10/2020
American Friends Service Committee

American Friends Service Committee

Join us this week for a Facebook Live Mini, where a staff member gives a brief update on our work. On Thursday, December 10th from 4:00-4:20pm ET Adriana Jasso, AFSC’s Project Voice Coordinator in San Diego and Debbie Southorn, Wage Peace Program Associate, will talk about what’s happening for our #FreeThemAll week of action, and how you can join in.
They will speak for about 15 minutes and then take questions from viewers.

12/10/2020
American Friends Service Committee

American Friends Service Committee

Join us this week for a Facebook Live Mini, where a staff member gives a brief update on our work. On Thursday, December 10th from 4:00-4:20pm ET Adriana Jasso, AFSC’s Project Voice Coordinator in San Diego and Debbie Southorn, Wage Peace Program Associate, will talk about what’s happening for our #FreeThemAll week of action, and how you can join in.
They will speak for about 15 minutes and then take questions from viewers.

AFSC-AZ Statement on Confirmed Covid-19 Outbreak at Yuma Prison Complex – AFSC Arizona | ReFraming Justice
12/09/2020
AFSC-AZ Statement on Confirmed Covid-19 Outbreak at Yuma Prison Complex – AFSC Arizona | ReFraming Justice

AFSC-AZ Statement on Confirmed Covid-19 Outbreak at Yuma Prison Complex – AFSC Arizona | ReFraming Justice

Uncategorized AFSC-AZ Statement on Confirmed Covid-19 Outbreak at Yuma Prison Complex By Travis Hiland on 9 Dec 2020 • ( Leave a comment ) By AFSC-AZ staff | In light of the largest known outbreak of COVID-19 inside our state prisons, American Friends Service Committee-Arizona (AFSC-AZ) renews its...

12/09/2020
American Friends Service Committee

American Friends Service Committee

Join us this week for a Facebook Live Mini, where a staff member gives a brief update on our work. On Thursday, December 10th from 4:00-4:20pm ET Adriana Jasso, AFSC’s Project Voice Coordinator in San Diego and Debbie Southorn, Wage Peace Program Associate, will talk about what’s happening for our #FreeThemAll week of action, and how you can join in.
They will speak for about 15 minutes and then take questions from viewers.

As COVID-19 surges in prison, thousands take action across the country
12/09/2020
As COVID-19 surges in prison, thousands take action across the country

As COVID-19 surges in prison, thousands take action across the country

PHILADELPHIA (December 9, 2020) – This week, protests and events are taking place across the country to demand that people be released from prisons, jails, and immigration and juvenile detention centers. The COVID-19 pandemic puts millions of incarcerated people – as well as staff and their fami...

#FreeThemAll December Days of Action
12/09/2020
#FreeThemAll December Days of Action

#FreeThemAll December Days of Action

Beginning on International Human Rights Day (12/10) and building through International Migrants Day (12/18), AFSC programs and partners are carrying out a week of action demanding the mass release of people from prisons, jails, and detention centers. As we approach the winter holidays, people with i...

#nowaytotreatachild Webinar December 2020
12/08/2020
#nowaytotreatachild Webinar December 2020

#nowaytotreatachild Webinar December 2020

Join the #nowaytotreatachild webinar on December 8 where will connect our efforts with work in the United States to release people from prisons, jails, and detention centers—and move toward a future without incarceration.

It’s time to stop federal executions and repeal the death penalty
12/07/2020
It’s time to stop federal executions and repeal the death penalty

It’s time to stop federal executions and repeal the death penalty

This summer, the Trump administration restarted federal executions, carrying out death penalty sentences for the first time in 17 years. Attorney General William Barr had announced the administration’s decision to resume executions in July 2019—generating outcry among families of incarcerated pe...

Midwest Digest December 2020
12/04/2020
Midwest Digest December 2020

Midwest Digest December 2020

Featuring AFSC’s upcoming #FreeThemAll Days of Action, work in Chicago to defund police and remove cops from schools, the formation of a new youth board in the Twin Cities, and an interview with a violence interrupter in St. Louis.

12/03/2020
American Friends Service Committee

American Friends Service Committee

Join us this week for a Facebook Live Mini, where a staff member gives a brief update on our work. On Thursday, December 3rd from 4:00-4:20pm ET Luis Paiz Bekker, Regional Director of AFSC’s Latin America and Caribbean region, will talk about our ongoing relief efforts in Guatemala, and how we are helping communities recover in the wake of multiple hurricanes and COVID-19.
He will speak for about 15 minutes and then take questions from viewers.

Israel’s isolation of Palestinian child prisoners amounts to torture
12/03/2020
Israel’s isolation of Palestinian child prisoners amounts to torture

Israel’s isolation of Palestinian child prisoners amounts to torture

A new report by Defense for Children International - Palestine, "Isolated and Alone: Palestinian children held in solitary confinement by Israeli authorities for interrogation," details patterns of arrest, detention conditions, and interrogation practices by Israeli authorities that amount to tortur...

Under the Mask
12/02/2020
Under the Mask

Under the Mask

About shrinking civil space during the pandemic, and beyond

It’s time to stop federal executions and repeal the death penalty
12/01/2020
It’s time to stop federal executions and repeal the death penalty

It’s time to stop federal executions and repeal the death penalty

Photo: Arnie Alpert / AFSC Ending mass incarceration Death penalty This summer, the Trump administration restarted federal executions, carrying out death penalty sentences for the first time in 17 years. Attorney General William Barr had announced the administration’s decision to resume executions...

12/01/2020
American Friends Service Committee

American Friends Service Committee

This Giving Tuesday, your gift will be matched up to $20,000! Help AFSC provide mutual aid for pandemic relief, organize for racial justice, protect immigrant rights, and so much more.

American Friends Service Committee
12/01/2020

American Friends Service Committee

Members of Congress are the ultimate decision-makers on how to spend our tax dollars. As we prepare for a new administration, join communities across the country in learning about the Defund Hate campaign and how to advocate for cutting funds to ICE and CBP while calling for investments in programs that support our collective well-being. Register now for a Defund Hate Town Hall, Wednesday, Dec 2 at 3pm ET/12pm PT: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_0_hvsAgIT9mRZz2aX-jwyw

12/01/2020
Under the Mask Episode 1 Big Brother: Israel Edition

Under the Mask Episode 1 Big Brother: Israel Edition

Throughout history, governments have exploited crises to impose dangerous, authoritarian policies. We talk with AFSC’s Sahar Vardi and Kerri Kennedy about how community members and organizations in Israel and beyond are resisting government efforts to increase surveillance, target activists, and c...

American Friends Service Committee
11/30/2020

American Friends Service Committee

Get AFSC face masks, tote bags, t-shirts, coffee mugs, and more: Use our special promo code HOLIDAY to get 10% off our entire store, featuring products that are made to order in the U.S. Place your order by Dec. 4 to help ensure delivery by Dec. 25. https://store.afsc.org/

Like Kenya and Burundi, the US has now met our criteria for electoral violence thanks to Trump
11/30/2020
Like Kenya and Burundi, the US has now met our criteria for electoral violence thanks to Trump

Like Kenya and Burundi, the US has now met our criteria for electoral violence thanks to Trump

The US has met several of the criteria that make election violence most likely to occur, including politics based on patronage; weak electoral management bodies; ongoing conflict and division in the country; repression of opposition; civil unrest and violence against protesters

Tell Congress: Stop federal executions and eliminate the death penalty!
11/24/2020
Tell Congress: Stop federal executions and eliminate the death penalty!

Tell Congress: Stop federal executions and eliminate the death penalty!

This summer, the Trump administration restarted federal executions, carrying out death penalty sentences for the first time in 17 years. Since then, the administration has killed seven people in the name of the state—more than any other time in the past 70 years. The resumption of federal execut...

This holiday season, #BoycottPullsbury!!! Bake your own creation, and share your picture with it and the caption "I made...
11/23/2020

This holiday season, #BoycottPullsbury!!! Bake your own creation, and share your picture with it and the caption "I made this without any Pillsbury products"

Bake for Palestinian rights - #BoycottPillsbury

Join the No Dough for the Occupation campaign by sharing photos of your baking creations this season with the caption: “I made this without any Pillsbury products. #BoycottPillsbury”

It’s that time of year when many of us start baking again. Pillsbury is a household name, known for its cookie dough, cinnamon buns, and other sweet treats. But the company also makes its frozen baked goods in an illegal Israeli settlement in the occupied Palestinian territory - violating international law and contributing to gross human rights abuses.

Take action today! Join the No Dough for the Occupation campaign (BoycottPillsbury.org) to hold Pillsbury and its parent company General Mills accountable. Boycott Pillsbury products until the company stops manufacturing on stolen Palestinian land!

How to talk about defunding the police
11/21/2020
How to talk about defunding the police

How to talk about defunding the police

Calls to defund police became commonplace this summer in the wake of nationwide protests catalyzed by the police murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and so many others.

11/19/2020
American Friends Service Committee

Debbie Southorn and Page May on their work in Chicago to defund the police: https://www.facebook.com/12357407443/videos/698572590764443/

Join us for our weekly Facebook Live Miniseries where a staff member gives a brief update on our work. On Thursday, November 19th from 4:00-4:20pm ET Debbie Southorn of AFSC Chicago and Page May of Assata’s Daughters will talk about abolitionist organizing in Chicago, from defunding the police to removing cops from schools. In particular, what campaigns helped get us to where we are today, and why should the rest of the country pay attention to what happens in Chicago?
They will speak for about 15 minutes and then take questions.

Activists want San Diego County sheriff to stop helping ICE
11/19/2020
Activists want San Diego County sheriff to stop helping ICE

Activists want San Diego County sheriff to stop helping ICE

The San Diego County Board of Supervisors is holding a rare evening forum to show residents how much its Sheriff Department is working with Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

GUPS SFSU on Twitter
11/19/2020
GUPS SFSU on Twitter

GUPS SFSU on Twitter

“Proud to pass @divestment from Israeli occupation. Continuing '68 BSU/TWLF legacy,& hold our @SFSU campus accountable 4 social justice @AbdulhadiRabab @LFSSFSU @SFSUBSU @LRSO_SFSU @SFSU_SKINs @sadsfsu @SFSU_SQE @ideasSFSU A.S.A and I.B.S.”

11/18/2020
American Friends Service Committee

American Friends Service Committee

Join us for our weekly Facebook Live Miniseries where a staff member gives a brief update on our work. On Thursday, November 19th from 4:00-4:20pm ET Debbie Southorn of AFSC Chicago and Page May of Assata’s Daughters will talk about abolitionist organizing in Chicago, from defunding the police to removing cops from schools. In particular, what campaigns helped get us to where we are today, and why should the rest of the country pay attention to what happens in Chicago?
They will speak for about 15 minutes and then take questions.

We can’t have healing without reckoning
11/17/2020
We can’t have healing without reckoning

We can’t have healing without reckoning

Our society’s wounds and divisions are laid bare in this moment in which a sitting president is refusing to comply with election results, and so many political leaders are supporting this dangerous brinksmanship. It is time for our politicians to respect the democratic process and allow for an ord...

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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.