Published: Feb. 9, 2024
Here are some ways that you and your friends can engage with American Friends Service Committee:
Emerging Leaders for Liberation (ELL) Program: ELL is a program for young adults looking to deepen their social justice and leadership skills, providing them with opportunities to engage in advocacy and organizing. Guided by Quaker principles, participants take part both in local campaigns sponsored AFSC and our allies, and in systems-level advocacy efforts. Do you know a young leader who could benefit from this opportunity? Applications are now open for the next cohort of ELL, and the deadline to apply is March 1. Please share this invitation with members of your Meeting and community. Click here to learn more.
Friends Speaking Tour: From February through May, AFSC's Director of Quaker Engagement Brian Blackmore is traveling throughout the South and Midwest Regions of the U.S. to engage with Quaker Meetings and share the work carried out through AFSC's programs across the world. Learn more about the tour and upcoming dates here. We look forward to connecting with you! Click here to learn more.
Young Adult Friends and the Quaker United Nations Office: In this daylong program on February 10, young adult Friends (18-35) will have the opportunity to learn from Quaker United Nations Office (QUNO) staff about what the U.N. is doing to address the needs of coming generations. QUNO staff will also get to learn from the wisdom of young adult Friends. This program is a collaboration between QUNO and New York Yearly Meeting. Learn more and register here. Click here to learn more.
AFSC Birches Global Peacebuilding Fellow: Application deadline for this fellowship is March 10. The Birches Fellow will support country and regional offices in keeping up with best practices and innovation around peacebuilding and civic rights. The fellow will also support the international program unit in various capacities and will develop a project related to their location and in consultation with AFSC staff. Learn more and apply here. Click here to learn more.
Pilgrimage for Peace – Philadelphia to Washington D.C.: AFSC is part of a coalition of faith leaders, activists, and artists that will journey during the week of February 14-21 from Independence Hall in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to the White House in Washington, D.C., to urge President Biden to call for an end to the violence in Palestine. Partners include Faith for Black Lives, the National Council of Churches of Christ USA, Rabbis for Ceasefire, Hindus for Human Rights, The Pennsylvania Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Philadelphia), Rainbow/PUSH Coalition, the Black Church Center for Justice and Equality, and Until Freedom. Join us and learn more here. Click here to learn more.
Legacy of Bayard Rustin Forum: AFSC is proud to sponsor this forum with the BlackQuaker Project (Feb. 24, 1 p.m. ET / 10 a.m. PT): The BlackQuaker Lives Matter Film Festival & Forum returns in 2024 for “The Bayard Rustin Legacy Forum.” The event is hosted by BlackQuaker Project Director Harold D. Weaver Jr. and moderated by Sa’ed Atshan, Palestinian-American Quaker scholar, and chair of the Department of Peace and Conflict Studies at Swarthmore College. This event will explore the remarkable life and contributions of Bayard Rustin, a gay Black Quaker civil rights leader and activist whose brilliance and skillful organizing of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom was portrayed in a feature-length film produced by Barack and Michelle Obama. Professor Atshan will moderate a discussion between Harold; Terrance Wiley, assistant professor of religion and coordinator of African and Africana Studies at Haverford College; and Lauren Brownlee, deputy general secretary of Friends Committee on National Legislation. Register for this event here. Click here to learn more.
from Sofia Di Pietro, American Friends Service Committee (2/5/2024)