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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4 things you should know about changes to DACA
07/26/2021
4 things you should know about changes to DACA

4 things you should know about changes to DACA

Hundreds of thousands of young people who came to the U.S. as children face uncertainty about their futures. It's long past time for Congress to provide permanent protections for DACA recipients and create a roadmap to citizenship for all immigrants.

Forced displacements and demolitions: A conversation with Sahar Vardi
07/26/2021
Forced displacements and demolitions: A conversation with Sahar Vardi

Forced displacements and demolitions: A conversation with Sahar Vardi

Sahar Vardi is the Israel Program manager at the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC). Taylor Donaldson is the Summer 2021 Religion, Conflict, and Peace Fellow for AFSC’s Palestine Activism program. They spoke on June 29, 2021. This interview has been lightly edited for length and clarity.

Update: Humanitarian response in Gaza
07/26/2021
Update: Humanitarian response in Gaza

Update: Humanitarian response in Gaza

In May, Israeli airstrikes on Gaza killed at least 260 Palestinians, including 66 children. At the height of the attack, over 113,000 people were displaced from their homes, and today more than 8,400 people remain in temporary shelter. All of this occurred as COVID-19 continues to spread throughout....

Massive data leak reveals Israeli NSO Group's spyware used to target activists, journalists, and political leaders globa...
07/22/2021
Massive data leak reveals Israeli NSO Group's spyware used to target activists, journalists, and political leaders globally | AFSC Under the Mask

Massive data leak reveals Israeli NSO Group's spyware used to target activists, journalists, and political leaders globally | AFSC Under the Mask

Amnesty International | 18 July 2021 News | Jul 20, 2021 Read Amnesty's article on The Pegasus Project that revealed how spyware is being used by repressive governments to target journalists, activists and critics. "The Pegasus Project is a ground-breaking collaboration by more than 80 journalists f...

07/20/2021

"We are encouraging the Biden administration to #WelcomeWithDignity. We know that migrating and seeking asylum is a human right, and we want the U.S. to recognize that and treat people accordingly... I’m a person of faith and it’s a blessing to use my faith values to push for social justice."

Peniel Ibe, IIC Co-Chair and Policy Engagement Coordinator at
American Friends Service Committee, reflects on the interfaith movement for #Citizenship4All on the Interfaith Voices' podcast.

Listen here: https://interfaithradio.org/Story_Details/Interfaith_Activists_Push_for_Citizenship_for_All

Timeline Photos
07/20/2021

Timeline Photos

Today, AFSC’s General Secretary Joyce Ajlouny was arrested with more than 70 other women as part of Poor People's Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival Women’s Moral March on Washington. Prior to her arrest she issued the following statement:

“AFSC is proud to stand with the Poor People’s Campaign and with women and girls across the globe,” said Joyce Ajlouny, General Secretary of the American Friends Service Committee. “Women — disproportionately women of color — bear the brunt of economic deprivation and conflict. And we have also been at the forefront of movements for social change. We must continue to take courageous action until voting rights, equitable wages, and civil and human rights are attained for all.”

#MoralMonday

Accelerating racial justice work among Friends
07/19/2021
Accelerating racial justice work among Friends

Accelerating racial justice work among Friends

“What supports the movement of a religious group to deepen their practice toward racial justice? What structures, learning, and interventions can move a body forward toward deeper relational work for repair and systemic change?”

Faith leaders urge Biden, wealthy nations to expand access to COVID-19 vaccines, invest in new production facilities wor...
07/19/2021
Faith leaders urge Biden, wealthy nations to expand access to COVID-19 vaccines, invest in new production facilities worldwide

Faith leaders urge Biden, wealthy nations to expand access to COVID-19 vaccines, invest in new production facilities worldwide

WASHINGTON, DC (July 15, 2021) A coalition of faith leaders representing all the major faith traditions will hold a prayer vigil on the National Mall at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday to honor and mourn the more than four million lives lost to COVID-19 and call on wealthy nations to take extraordinary measures....

07/16/2021
Tell Congress: Ensure the economy works for everyone!
07/16/2021
Tell Congress: Ensure the economy works for everyone!

Tell Congress: Ensure the economy works for everyone!

We all deserve to live in communities with fully funded social services and just, sustainable economies. As a step toward this goal, President Biden has proposed investing over $4 trillion into infrastructure, child and elder care, housing, education, support for low-income households, and other vit...

West Region News July 2021
07/15/2021
West Region News July 2021

West Region News July 2021

Featuring news about greater dignity for women incarcerated in Arizona, work with indigenous farmers in New Mexico to adapt a coldframe for the summer months, and a vigil held for Sebastian Francisco, a farmworker who died during the excessive heat in Oregon.

Timeline Photos
07/14/2021

Timeline Photos

In response to the risk posed by #COVID19, many governments initiated tracking and surveillance initiatives to monitor the spread. But what happens if states decide to keep measures in place after the threat is gone? AFSC's #UnderTheMask explores this at afsc.org/SurveillanceUTM

Timeline Photos
07/14/2021

Timeline Photos

Through the work of communities and advocates, we can #EndMigrantDetention. Join this conversation tomorrow (July 14) about ongoing efforts to shut down detention centers, #FreeThemAll, and end funding for detention practices. Register here: https://bit.ly/2VvnzHk

#nowaytotreatachild Webinar July 2021
07/13/2021
#nowaytotreatachild Webinar July 2021

#nowaytotreatachild Webinar July 2021

Join the #nowaytotreatachild webinar on July 13 for updates on congressional advocacy to end Israeli military detention of Palestinian children.

End solitary confinement
07/13/2021
End solitary confinement

End solitary confinement

Israeli authorities routinely detain Palestinian children in solitary confinement solely for interrogation purposes, a practice that amounts to torture or cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment or punishment, as documented by Defense for Children International - Palestine.

Safer alternatives to calling 911
07/12/2021
Safer alternatives to calling 911

Safer alternatives to calling 911

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...

07/10/2021

Last but not least, join us in welcoming Paulina Rodriguez Ruiz to the second cohort of the PVI ArteVism Fellowship Program.

Paulina Rodríguez Ruiz is a 24-year-old q***r woman of color, who was born in Santiago Tangamandapio, Michoacán, Mexico. Originally a molecular biology and physiology major at California State University, Long Beach, she switched her major to journalism and then public relations because of her desire to work with and build community.

During her time in higher education, Paulina became heavily involved in cultural organizations that centered around Latinx students. Following graduation, she worked in environmental justice for the Climate Action Corps, advocating for healthy food access in low-income communities.

Paulina’s life goal is to improve the lives and living conditions of immigrant communities and

QTPOC (q***r, trans, people of color) in the Valley by reconnecting them to their cultural traditions, ultimately using art as a way to build resiliency and conscience. Her dream is to create cultural spaces that are intentional spaces of joy and healing.
#artevism #CentralValley

Museums, Monuments and Commemorations
07/09/2021
Museums, Monuments and Commemorations

Museums, Monuments and Commemorations

Book presentation with Author, Robin Maria DeLugan presented in partnership with Fresno County Public Library and Community Alliance Newspaper,--------------...

07/09/2021

International IDEA has created the Global Monitor of COVID-19's impact on Democracy and Human Rights, a “one-stop-shop” tool to explore the human rights implications of measures adopted by governments in the context of the #COVID19 crisis. Learn more here from this tool's inclusion in the #UnderTheMask project's resources here: https://bit.ly/3htYIwh

07/09/2021

We also welcome Immanuel Hargrove to the second cohort of the PVI ArteVism Fellowship Program!

Immanual Hargrave, who is African American and Japanese American, is originally from the Bay Area, but has spent his life moving every couple of years. He is currently the associate project lead at the Anti-Racism Project at the Hmong Culture Center in Merced, where he is in charge of communicating with local leaders, institutions, and policy makers about the current climate of hate crimes towards Asian Americans and how to create policy change within our institutions.
Immanual volunteers at “Improve Your Tomorrow,” where he mentors young men of color, helping them to attain higher education and overcome the adversities of college life. He also volunteers at CASA as a court appointed special advocate to help mentor children who are in the foster care system. He helped plan and lead the Merced Unity Rally in an effort to address the unjust hate crimes against local Asian communities since the arrival of the pandemic.

Immanual is passionate about helping to improve his community through advocacy and civic engagement. He loves to cook and write poetry, and prioritizes helping others and treating everyone he meets with respect.
#artevism #CentralValley

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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.