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Reimagining community safetyIn a bold and visionary move, a veto-proof majority of the Minneapolis City Council announced on Sunday that it would dismantle the Minneapolis Police Department, pledging to create a new system of public safety. The City Council pledge comes after two weeks of protests across the U.S. in the aftermath of the police murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Tony McDade—fueling the call to defund the police.3
As U.N. officials speak out, the call grows to free Palestinian children from detention during pandemicEarlier this week, UNICEF officials in the occupied Palestinian territory called for the immediate release of Palestinian children from Israeli military detention in light of the COVID-19 pandemic—a key voice joining the chorus of advocates, including AFSC, working to end these human rights violations.2
The problem with saying we're "at war" with the coronavirusBuilding support for human rights and dignity has taken on new urgency in the middle of the global COVID-19 crisis. Yet, as the number of infections caused by the virus rises in the United States, government officials and members of the media are increasingly using the language of war to describe the pandemic and the response. These metaphors are not just words.1
What working for social justice looks like nowAs the coronavirus pandemic devastates communities around the globe, the realities of working for social change are rapidly changing. Thanks to supporters like you, AFSC is helping communities across the U.S. and around the world to stand together and keep up their call for peace and justice in these challenging times.1
Farm to Foodbank Program Connects Local Farmers to People in Need During COVID-19ALBUQUERQUE, NM (April 2, 2020) Yesterday, the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) – in partnership with New Mexico farmers and food banks – launched the Farm to Foodbank project. New Mexico’s sustainable farmers have fresh produce but less customers due to stay-at-home orders in response to COVID-19. And food banks are facing a decrease in donations and a large increase in demand.1
How to create a mutual aid networkAs the COVID-19 pandemic spreads, many of us across the U.S. have faced a steep learning curve in how to respond. By now, most of us know the right way to wash our hands, what kind of cleaning products to use, how to stock our pantry, and what social distance means. But one thing we should also work on is how to create a network for mutual aid to help keep everyone your community safe and healthy.1
Are governments violating human rights and civil liberties in coronavirus response?With the rise of far right, nationalist governments over the past few years, the world has seen more measures to systematically target voices of dissent and political opposition—resulting in the rapid shrinking of space for civil society organizations, including human rights groups, activists, and academics. And these efforts to restrict civil space may have just received a boost from the global pandemic we’re now facing.1
Reclaiming a neighborhood in West BaltimoreCommunity farms and gardens play a vital role in building more just economies, improving community well-being, and addressing climate change. AFSC has a long history of supporting communities impacted by oppression gain more control over their own food system.
AFSC's history with Martin Luther King's Poor People’s CampaignExplore some of the letters, speeches, and materials from this historic movement. Organized by the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) and led by the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., the Poor People's Campaign mobilized tens of thousands of people across the country to demand economic justice in 1968.
Restoring the right to vote for allIn November, many of us will cast the most important votes of our lives while millions of other Americans will once again be denied that right. Today six million Americans are barred from exercising their right to vote because they have felony convictions. Most are Black and living in poverty. While several states have made some significant reforms over the years, felony disenfranchisement remains the longest-standing form of voter suppression in the U.S. And it’s past time for us to end it once and for all.
If we oppose capital punishment, we must also stand against death by incarcerationFor decades, the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) and millions of activists, people of faith, and concerned citizens from around the globe have been calling for an end to capital punishment. These efforts have generated substantial progress – since the late ’90s, we have seen a steady decline in new death sentences in the U.S., as well as a decline in the number of people who have been executed.1