Afsc SF

AFSC SF region coordinates staff, volunteers, & resources for programs in world peace building, counter-recruitment, human migration, healing justice.

The American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) is a Quaker organization that promotes lasting peace with justice, as a practical expression of faith in action. Drawing on continuing spiritual insights and working with people of many backgrounds, we nurture the seeds of change and respect for human life that transform social relations and systems.

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Jobs at AFSC

The SF office of the American Friends Service Committee is hiring for our Economic Activism Program. Welcome to Jobs at AFSC, the employment information center of the American Friends Service Committee. On these pages you will find:


We are hiring a dynamic, fun, and well rounded person. 02/26/2016

E 12th Street Wishlist | A People's Proposal

Will Oakland City Council prioritize the E 12th proposal with the most affordable housing, or will they build more luxury condo towers? In a questionable move, the City of Oakland has changed the time of Monday's E 12th hearing. We will be meeting at Monday 2/29 at 4 pm on the City Hall steps for a 4:30 hearing! We are disappointed in this last minute change, as it clearly undermines public participation.

As a direct result of incredible community organizing over the past year, Oakland City Council is holding a special hearing of the Community Economic Development Committee, where the three proposals for development on E 12th - including A People's Proposal - will be presented publicly. A People's Proposal is available online here.
67 Sueños fully supports the E 12th proposal, we need to show the depth of community support for 100% affordable housing on public land, along with other organizations. Please join us, on Monday 2/29:
City of Oakland
150 Frank H Ogawa Plz, Oakland, CA 94612
4:00 Community gathering on steps of Oakland City Hall
4:30 Special CED Committee Meeting on E 12th Proposals
The fight for the E 12th A People's Proposal is not just about one piece of public land. We need to lift up the voices of the people who are being impacted by our housing crisis and push back against development-as-usual in Oakland. Join us to demand real solutions to the housing crisis and public land for public good, not luxury towers and segregated housing.

Please sign up here ( ) to speak on Monday 2/29 at 4:30 and share your support for A People's Proposal for E 12th. We are the only agenda item, so enter "1" where it asks for the agenda number. You can also cede your time to another speaker. (Remember to print out your confirmation page and bring it with you.)
Let your feelings be heard: Bring your artwork and share with the city of Oakland what you want to express in support of the E 12th proposal.

Help us keep the public pressure up by calling or emailing Council Members, or contacting them on Twitter or Facebook!

Sample Tweet: Dear @Abel_Guillen @DanKalb @annief oroakland @LynetteGM @desleyb, please support @peoplesproposal for 100% affordable housing! #SaveE12th;; anniewashington;; lynettemcelhaney

Sample call-in script or email:
"My name is ____ and I am calling to ask City Council Member ____ to support A People's Proposal for 100% affordable housing on E 12th St. We need to maximize affordable housing for working families on public land, not a luxury tower. Please support A People's Proposal when it comes before you."

District 2 Council Member Abel Guillen (510) 238-7002, [email protected]
District 1 Council Member Dan Kalb (510) 238-7001, [email protected]
District 3 Council Member Lynette Gibson McElhaney (510) 238-7003, [email protected]
District 4 Council Member Annie Campbell Washington (510) 238-7004, [email protected]
District 6 Council Member Desley Brooks (510) 238-7006, [email protected]

We are inspired by how many people and organizations have helped A People's Proposal over the past year, and deeply grateful for every single call, email, and public support for this effort. Thank you & together we can make community-led housing development a reality in Oakland!

#SaveE12th #PublicLand4PublicGood

Community Event:
67 Sueños would like to invite you this Sunday 2/28 at San Antonio park at 2:00 pm, for some art making for the action on Monday! Join us and enjoy a day at the park with the 67 Sueños famila and E. 12th Coalition, feel free to invite your friends, family and community members.
67 Sueños Youth Collective Introduction The Eastlake neighborhood is a vibrant community that represents Oakland’s economic and racial diversity. It is home to long-time cultural institutions and local small businesses like Intertribal Friendship House, Suigetsukan Dojo, Champa Garden, Rockin’ Crawfish, and La Estrellita Res…

[01/06/16]   For Immediate Release

Layla Razavi, AFSC, [email protected], 858-229-9623
Linda Sanchez, AFSC, [email protected]

Immigrant Rights Group Says Raids are Failed Approach

Quaker group responds to DHS statement and root causes of migration

PHILADELPHIA, PA (January 5, 2016) In the wake of a series of controversial immigration raids to detain and deport Central American asylum seekers, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson released a statement defending the Obama Administration’s actions. The American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), an organization that has worked with immigrants and refugees for almost a century, says the justification for raids fails to address root causes of migration or offer real solutions, and that the raids must be stopped.

Over the last 15 years, the number of migrants from Central America has steadily increased, as people flee violence in their home countries. The recent round of raids are directed at individuals who have arrived in the U.S. within the last two years; the majority are families who presented themselves to law enforcement at the border and asked for asylum.

“The asylum system is vital for many people fleeing persecution, but without access to legal counsel, families and children with a legitimate claim to asylum are much more likely to have their claim denied,” said Kathryn Johnson, AFSC’s policy impact coordinator. “The decision to go after families applying for asylum discourages people who are fleeing persecution from coming forward.”

Secretary Johnson asserts that the agency must enforce the law consistent with its own priorities. But according to AFSC’s Human Migration and Mobility Director Layla Razavi, “the president has prosecutorial discretion to create enforcement priorities. Unfortunately, the administration has chosen to focus on people who are most vulnerable and who fear being returned to a country where they face persecution. It’s an intimidation tactic of the worst kind.”

DHS has said the raids will be carried out carefully. “The notion that there’s a way to conduct a raid that would not be traumatizing for families and young children is pure fantasy,” says Razavi. “Coming into the homes of families in the early morning and whisking away loved ones inherently traumatizes the individual who is deported, along with everyone who is forced to bear witness—especially since many of the people apprehended in these raids have already suffered various forms of trauma and violence.”

DHS also touts its increased enforcement tools along the border. But advocates say that the money the agency has poured into U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) over the past 15 years has resulted in the militarization of communities along the border — leading to violations of the human rights of immigrants and people living in border communities, but failing to address the reasons migration happens in the first place.

DHS points to U.S. aid to Central American countries, asserting that this aid is an effort to address the root causes of migration. According to AFSC’s Kathryn Johnson, U.S. military and economic policy in Central America play a major role in driving migration, and until these policies are changed, people will continue to leave their home countries in search of refuge.

“Based on past experience, we have little faith that either U.S. security or development assistance to Central America will effectively address poverty or insecurity. The U.S.-led drug war and security policies in Central America have bolstered the influence of criminal gangs and contributed to astronomically high homicide rates in each of these countries. Development assistance has been distributed with a top-down, one-size-fits-all approach which does not respond to local needs or contexts, but instead bolsters U.S. foreign policy objectives.” 11/24/2015

Investigate | What are you invested in?

Paid Internship opportunity!

The Economic Activism program of the AFSC is looking for a part time researcher to investigate the U.S. prison industry and maintain our Investigate website ( The intern will research relevant industries and create resources for activists and investors to support more initiatives targeting these corporations.

Required: Excellent research, communication, and writing abilities; Experience organizing within a grassroots movement around economic activism, anti-prison or Palestine solidarity issues; Some experience with corporate research and/ or database management.

The position is a 12-month position out of the San Francisco office (near Civic Center), for three days a week (flexible), with a salary of $20,000 a year.

To apply: Send your CV to [email protected] by December 12th, with a cover letter explaining your interest and compatibility, two references and a 2-page sample of your writing/ research product. This free investment screening tool is provided to help individuals and institutions identify companies on their investment portfolios that are directly complicit in ongoing severe violations of human rights and international law. These corporate violations have not been researched or reported by th… 11/10/2015

67 Sueños Youth on a Mission for Change

67 Sueños youth on a Mission for Change

[10/07/15]   Job Opportunity: My office is seeking an administrative assistant for 20hrs/week.

Duties would include:
· Serve as receptionist to the office; buzz-in and greet visitors.
· Maintain an orderly supply room and kitchen area, including ordering materials as needed.
· Troubleshoot problems with office equipment, including working with Central Office IT staff for basic local computer support.
· Act as a point of contact for vendors and repair technicians.
· Sort and handle incoming and outgoing mail.
· Act as primary contact with the landlord and building manager.

please email me at [email protected] with resume if interested. Start day is ASAP


Fellowship opportunity with AFSC in our Fresno office! Please help us spread the word with amazing peers. 08/13/2015

We did it! Thank You

To all of those who have been on this journey with us! 07/21/2015

70 Years of Nuclear Weapons - At What Cost? | AFSC @afsc_org

How to act against nuclear weapon. Follow link for upcoming events. People of all ages who desire peace and the true security of a world without nuclear weapons will gather to raise our voices for the global abolition of nuclear weapons.


Save the Date!
67 Sueños would like to cordially invite you to join us as we unveil our latest mural. Located in East Oakland, 67 Sueños and it's amazing group of talented youth artist are proud to unveil a mural that celebrates recent immigration victories and the activists that made those victories possible-


"A message from Hiroshima"
Come join us for a though provoking film accompanied by a though provoking discussion.

Public Transportation accessible.


San Francisco AFSC staff and Intern at TPP Protest in SF, SF Federal Building


Breaking Down the Box

Produced by filmmaker Matthew Gossage, the film examines the mental health, racial justice and human rights implications of the systemic use of solitary confinement in U.S. prisons. A must watch

"Breaking Down the Box" examines the mental health, racial justice and human rights implications of the systemic use of solitary confinement in U.S. prisons. It… 04/15/2015

US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation : Introducing the Divestment Tool we’ve been waiting for!

Join the conversation! scan their own investmentsportfolios of their churches, universities, municipalities, unions, businesses, and other institutions 04/15/2015

Investigate | What are you invested in?

Check out this new tool! Are YOU invested in the Israeli occupation? This free investment screening tool is provided to help individuals and institutions identify companies on their investment portfolios that are directly complicit in ongoing severe violations of human rights and international law as part of Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian territory. These cor… 04/13/2015

5K Hella UndocuRun

Happening May 2nd at Lake Merritt! Come run for Migrant Justice ! Every Year the 67 Sueños migrant youth collective hosts a 5K run/walk/roll around Oakland's Lake Merritt. This run is a public coming out of the shadows opportunity for undocumented and unafraid warriors as well as an opportunity for allies to run in solidarity. It is a reclaiming of public space an… 04/13/2015

Creating a Jewish Culture of Nonviolence

Happening April 28th! Come out and support a world with no violence. Ceremony, Workshops and the Arts of Resistancewith an intergenerational crew of activists, artists and scholars.

[03/17/15]   Happening Tomorrow:
March 12, 2015
Contact: Carol Sanders- (510) 666 7932; [email protected]


When: 11 a.m, Wednesday, March 18, during Hewlett-Packard ‘virtual’ shareholders’ meeting.

Where: Hewlett-Packard headquarters, 3000 Hanover Street, Palo Alto, CA

What: “People’s Shareholders Meeting” to hear testimony about HP’s supplying Israeli military with the technology for maintaining the occupation.
See attached fact sheet on HP contracts with the Israeli military
Visual elements will include
Ø A mock shareholder meeting
Ø Large banners and signs

Why: By switching to a virtual shareholders meeting, Hewlett-Packard has tried to silence shareholders and other stakeholders in its Middle East activities who seek to voice their concerns about HP policies.

“A shift to a virtual shareholder meeting allows HP to control expression of dissident views,” said Alexei Folger of Jewish Voice for Peace. “But we will not let HP hide that it profits from the Israeli military’s human rights abuses. We will be at HP's offices in Palo Alto the day of the virtual shareholder meeting.”

Who: The HP Stakeholders Coalition includes Americans Friends Service Committee, American Muslims for Palestine, Code Pink, Bay Area Women in Black, Ecumenical Peace Institute, Friends of Deir Ibzi’a, Friends of Sabeel, NorCal, International Solidarity Movement, Peninsula Peace and Justice Center, Jewish Voice for Peace—Bay Area, Santa Cruz and South Bay chapters, QUIT! Queers Undermining Israeli Terrorism, Rossmoor Voices for Justice in Palestine, San Jose Peace and Justice Center, Berkeley Women in Black, 14 Friends of Palestine, BDS Marin, Justice for Palestinians, Interfaith Peace Builders, Buena Vista United Methodist Church –Church and Society Committee


Middle East Program - AFSC

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The Middle East Program of the American Friends Service Committee in the U.S.-West Region works with community and campus groups to promote justice and peace in Palestine/ Israel through education, advocacy and activism.

[01/20/15]   ¡Internship Opportunity! The Economic Activism program of the American Friends Service Committee is looking for an intern for a paid research internship. The work is part time and short term, flexible, out of the AFSC San Francisco office at 65 Ninth Street, SF. We are looking for an excellent researcher and writer, knowledgeable and caring about economic and social justice, about the movement for justice in Palestine and the anti-incarceration movement. Preference to student activists with strong computer skills and a background in economic research and movement work in either or both of the above mentioned areas. The tasks will include: corporate research for activism; arranging and updating on-line databases; assisting and promoting on-campus activism. Please send your application to [email protected]/ [email protected] by February 1st, 2015. Include your CV and a cover letter, explaining how you fit the requirements and why you are interested in this position. Further include a writing sample of at least two pages and two references from people who know your work.




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