National War Tax Resistance Conference at Lansdowne Meeting

Peace & Social Concerns

Lansdowne Friends Meeting and Lansdowne Friends School hosted a national conference of conscientious war tax resisters the weekend of May 13-15.  There were about 30 attendees – 20 from around the country and 10 local. The conference included workshops of general interest as well as ones covering more specialized topics. An attendee addressed students in the LFS 5/6 class, and they …

Philadelphia Yearly Meeting Rejoices over U.S. Government Investment in Preservation of Quaker Suffragist’s Memory

Peace & Social Concerns

Sewall-Belmont House Officially Becomes Part of the United States National Park System, Honoring Memory of Quaker Suffragist Alice Paul Philadelphia, PA, April 1, 2016 — President Obama has announced the Sewall-Belmont House in Washington, DC will become a National Monument and officially be a unit of the United States National Park system. The Sewall-Belmont house holds the only fully intact …

PYM Friends Lobbying Efforts Bear Fruit for FCNL

Peace & Social Concerns

Last November, over 20 PYM Friends joined hundreds of others in Washington DC to train and take action with Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) at the semi-annual Quaker Lobbying Weekend.  While for some Friends this weekend is a time of learning new strategies and practicing new approaches, for others it is a familiar continuation of ongoing efforts in which …

Join Work on the Syrian Refugee Crisis

Peace & Social Concerns

This article was composed by Zachary T. Dutton. Since August 2015, Friends had begun reaching out to me. “What is the yearly meeting doing about the Syrian Refugee Crisis!?!” “How can we get involved?” “Quakers need to make a strong statement in support of refugees!” The Syrian Refugee Crisis is the latest in a series of grave events that have ...

U.S. Must Do its Share on Green Climate Fund

Peace & Social Concerns

The following editorial was written by Christie Duncan-Tessmer, General Secretary of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, and was published in the Philadelphia Inquirer on December 1, 2015. This week, 192 nations are meeting in Paris for the 2015 Conference on Climate Change. Most climate scientists and policy-makers view the conference as the last chance for negotiating an agreement to reduce global carbon emissions in …