The American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) is a Quaker organization that promotes lasting peace with justice, as a practical expression of faith in action. This podcast will bring together stories of its work and interviews with experts from around the world.
Light creates understanding: Undoing racism at the Tyree Scott Freedom School
Seattle area high school students gathered over the winter holidays to learn about the history of racism in the United States during a Tyree Scott Freedom School.
Madeline went to visit that Freedom School, and witnessed a grassroots movement for social change built on the passion of a diverse network of young people in the Seattle region.
Listen to the voices of some of these young men and women who attended the workshop, and hear how they are using their new understanding to undo racist structures in American society.
Tyree Scott Freedom schools: An interview with Dustin Washington
Listen to an interview with Dustin Washington, the program director of AFSC's Tyree Scott Freedom School in Seattle, Washington, an intensive seminar program for young men and women that unpacks the structures of racism and oppression in the United States.
During the interview, Dustin describes the vision and curriculum of the program, as well as how this training inspires young men and women from the local community to get involved with local social justice efforts to end mass incarceration.
Life on the border: An interview with Ricardo Hernandez and Fabiola Flores Munoz
An interview with AFSC staff Ricardo Hernández and Fabiola Flores Muñoz on their recent trip down to the US/Mexico border to asses the human security issues facing those living in the region.
Fabiola, AFSC's Regional Director of Latin American and the Caribbean, and Integration and Impact's Ricardo Hernandez, discuss their observations of how governmental policies of increased national security and militarization from both nations are negatively impacting life for those on the border, as well as what local civic organizations are doing to support those most directly impacted.
For more information on the American Friends Service Committee's seven principles for humane immigration reform, "A New Path," go to our website at www.afsc.org/newpath. Stay tuned for future stories and interviews on our podcast by subscribing through iTunes.
Teaching peace at Friends Schools
On November 15th, Quaker schools from around New England gathered at Moses Brown Friends school in Providence, Rhode Island, for a day long conference on peace education. Madeline Schaefer, Friends Relations Associate at the American Friends Service Committee, was invited to present and share AFSC's resources for teaching peace to young people.
Along with giving her presentation, which she co-presented with Friends Council on Education's Deborra Sines Pancoe, Madeline spoke with other presenters and organizers to try and answer the question of what peace education looks like, and how the American Friends Service Committee might help Quaker schools live out the peace testimony in and outside of the classroom.
If war is not the answer, what is?
On October 13th, Friends Meeting of Washington hosted an event for Quakers and the general public to learn more about a new joint working paper recently published by the American Friends Service Commitee and Friends Committee on National Legislation, titled "Shared Security: Reimagining US foreign policy." The document, published in April 2013, lays out new ways that the U.S. can engage with the global community, based on principles of cooperation and human security.
Listen to this short audio story to hear more about the document, as well as how audience members responded to the presentation and discussion on how Quakers and their allies can work together to create a world that prioritizes human rights and the peaceful resolution to conflict.
Interview with Shan Cretin and Diane Randall
Hear AFSC's General Secretary, Shan Cretin, along with Diane Randall, the General Secretary of Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL), on the new joint working paper, Shared Security, created by the two Quaker organizations to "reimagine foreign policy."
AFSC and FCNL have teamed up to envision a set of principles for the U.S. to approach its foreign policy from place of cooperation rather than militarization. To learn more about the document, visit www.sharedsecurity.org, and join the conversation about the future of America on the world stage.
Produced by Madeline Schaefer
Music by Cosmic Analog Ensemble