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Please see <A HREF="http://quakersinthenews.blogspot.com/">http://quakersinthenews.blogspot.com</A> for a chronological archive, or to comment on any news story.<BR>
Glenn<BR>
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The </FONT><FONT  COLOR="#000000" BACK="#ffffff" style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #ffffff" SIZE=4 PTSIZE=14 FAMILY="SERIF" FACE="Book Antiqua" LANG="0"><B>most widely reported story</FONT><FONT  COLOR="#000000" BACK="#ffffff" style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #ffffff" SIZE=3 PTSIZE=12 FAMILY="SERIF" FACE="Book Antiqua" LANG="0"></B> of the week comes from Chicago, USA and regards the American Friends Service Committee.<BR>
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Friends might notice the ambiguity of the nature of AFSC in the eyes of the public, as AFSC is referred to at different times as a 'Quaker'  organization, and sometimes as a 'Quaker inspired' or 'Quaker Values in Action' organization.  Friends might notice that the phrase 'religious humanitarian group' and/or the word 'Quaker' finds its way into stories describing AFSC when there is contention or controversy, in this case - alleged persecution by a police agency, according to the Chicago Tribune.  One might also notice that news stories which are less controversial, such as humanitarian aid, many times do not refer to AFSC as prominently, as a 'Quaker' or 'religious' organization. <BR>
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The issue in question was politically and economically related, concerning a public demonstration, planned by AFSC in Chicago.   The concern by AFSC and the ACLU regards the alleged police infiltration of the AFSC.  The alleged inflitration being petitioned in the courts this week, occured while AFSC was planning to stage a protest at a business conference in 2002 called:  The </FONT><FONT  COLOR="#000000" BACK="#ffffff" style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #ffffff" SIZE=2 PTSIZE=10 FAMILY="SANSSERIF" FACE="Arial" LANG="0">TransAtlantic Business Dialogue Conference.   <BR>
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As Friends decline in number, and 'Quaker groups' become professionalized - how do we manage to keep our identity as we work with friends from the wider world who share our outward concerns, yet are not that familiar with our inward faith?  <BR>
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The </FONT><FONT  COLOR="#000000" BACK="#ffffff" style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #ffffff" SIZE=4 PTSIZE=14 FAMILY="SERIF" FACE="Book Antiqua" LANG="0"><B>most inspiring story</FONT><FONT  COLOR="#000000" BACK="#ffffff" style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #ffffff" SIZE=3 PTSIZE=12 FAMILY="SERIF" FACE="Book Antiqua" LANG="0"></B> to me was not widely reported, however it shows that Friends, no matter which flavor, or where they live, do have important things in common.<BR>
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</FONT><FONT  COLOR="#000000" BACK="#ffffff" style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #ffffff" SIZE=2 PTSIZE=10 FAMILY="SANSSERIF" FACE="Arial" LANG="0"><B>Architecture/Expansion/</B>/<A HREF="http://quakersinthenews.blogspot.com/2005/04/architectureexpansion.html">Country church to expand</A>/Eudora News/Hesper/KS/USA/28-Apr-05<BR>
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Other stories which shaped the face of the Quaker faith toward the public this week were:<BR>
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</FONT><FONT  COLOR="#000000" BACK="#ffffff" style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #ffffff" SIZE=2 PTSIZE=10 FAMILY="SANSSERIF" FACE="Arial" LANG="0"><B>War/Politics and Economics/Protest/Iraq</B>//<A HREF="http://quakersinthenews.blogspot.com/2005/04/warprotestiraq.html">Peace rally was an asset to Fayetteville</A>/Fayetteveille Observer/Fayetteville/NC/USA/25-Apr-05<BR>
<B>War/Conscientious Objecton </B>/<A HREF="http://quakersinthenews.blogspot.com/2005/04/warconscientious-objecton.html">Refugee or deserter?</A>/Christian Science Monitor/ALL/ALL/USA/26-Apr-05<BR>
<B>Slavery/Underground Railroad/</B><A HREF="http://quakersinthenews.blogspot.com/2005/04/slaveryunderground-railroad.html">Letters: Listeners Slam Poetry Scams</A>/NPR/Washington/DC/USA/25-Apr-05<BR>
<B>Religious Faith /Silence</B>///<A HREF="http://quakersinthenews.blogspot.com/2005/04/religious-faith-silence.html">Unchain my heart: - a journey with some friends</A>/Acton-The Beacon/Acton/MA/USA/28-Apr-05<BR>
<B>Religious Faith /Politics and Economics</B>/<A HREF="http://quakersinthenews.blogspot.com/2005/04/religious-faith-politics-and-economics.html">An ugly new chapter in the religious wars</A>/Boston Globe/Boston/MA/USA/25-Apr-05<BR>
<B>Religioius Diversity</B>///<A HREF="http://quakersinthenews.blogspot.com/2005/04/religioius-diversity.html">You can’t always tell a house of worship by its label</A>/Wednesday Journal/Oak Park/IL/USA/27-Apr-05<BR>
<B>Quaker Schools /Obituary/</B>//<A HREF="http://quakersinthenews.blogspot.com/2005/04/quaker-schools-obituary.html">life's odds, ends up for auction</A>/Greensboro News Record/Greensboro/NC/USA/25-Apr-05<BR>
<B>Quaker Schools</B> ///<A HREF="http://quakersinthenews.blogspot.com/2005/04/quaker-schools_111472948081393317.html">Abington Friends names new school leader</A>/Philadelphia Enquirer/Philadelphia/PA/USA/27-Apr-05<BR>
<B>Quaker Schools </B>///<A HREF="http://quakersinthenews.blogspot.com/2005/04/quaker-schools_111472944285409496.html">Best friends plan trip of a lifetime</A>/Cherry Hill Courier Post/Cherry Hill/NJ/USA/27-Apr-05<BR>
<B>Quaker Schools</B> ///<A HREF="http://quakersinthenews.blogspot.com/2005/04/quaker-schools_111472918994793465.html">Paula is marvellous, we might even marry...</A>/Scotsman/Glasgow/Scotland/UK/26-Apr-05<BR>
<B>Quaker Schools </B>///<A HREF="http://quakersinthenews.blogspot.com/2005/04/quaker-schools_111472914698282364.html">Views From Third Street: Proud to promote Penn...</A>/West Liberty Index/West Liberty/IA/USA/26-Apr-05<BR>
<B>Quaker Schools</B> ///<A HREF="http://quakersinthenews.blogspot.com/2005/04/quaker-schools_28.html">School briefs: Straight A's will be honored</A>/Durham Herald Sun/Durham/NC/USA/24-Apr-05<BR>
<B>Quaker History/War/Book Review</B>/<A HREF="http://quakersinthenews.blogspot.com/2005/04/quaker-historywarbook-review.html">REVOLUTIONARY MOTHERS. By Carol Berkin. Knopf, 224 pages, $24 ...</A>/The Decatur Daily/Decatur/AL/USA/24-Apr-05<BR>
<B>Quaker History/Slavery /Abolition/</B>/<A HREF="http://quakersinthenews.blogspot.com/2005/04/quaker-historyslavery-abolition.html">Climbing 'Fences'</A>/Portsmouth Herald News/Portsmouth/NH/USA/26-Apr-05<BR>
<B>Quaker History/Slavery </B>///<A HREF="http://quakersinthenews.blogspot.com/2005/04/quaker-historyslavery.html">Things to do</A>/The Jackson Citizen-Patriot/Jackson/MI/USA/28-Apr-05<BR>
<B>Quaker History/Real Estate Development</B>/<A HREF="http://quakersinthenews.blogspot.com/2005/04/quaker-historyreal-estate-development_28.html">Main Street hearing planned for May 5</A>/Friendswood Journal/Friendswood/TX/USA/28-Apr-05<BR>
<B>Quaker History/Real Estate Development/</B><A HREF="http://quakersinthenews.blogspot.com/2005/04/quaker-historyreal-estate-development.html">Preserving agricultural acreage a top priority</A>/Baltimore Sun/Baltimore/MD/USA/24-Apr-05<BR>
<B>Quaker History/Quaker Schools/</B>/<A HREF="http://quakersinthenews.blogspot.com/2005/04/quaker-historyquaker-schools.html">William Councill A&M's 1st leader</A>/Huntsville Times/Huntsville/AL/USA/24-Apr-05<BR>
<B>Quaker History/Natural Science /Bartram</B>//<A HREF="http://quakersinthenews.blogspot.com/2005/04/quaker-historynatural-science-bartram.html">Portable library</A>/Up & Coming Magazine/NC/USA/27-Apr-05<BR>
<B>Quaker History/Hicks, Elias/Whitman, Walt</B>/<A HREF="http://quakersinthenews.blogspot.com/2005/04/quaker-historyhicks-eliaswhitman-walt.html">Washington celebrates work of Whitman</A>/Chicago Tribune/Chicago/IL/USA/26-Apr-05<BR>
<B>Quaker History</B>///<A HREF="http://quakersinthenews.blogspot.com/2005/04/quaker-history.html">Quakertown 150 years ago</A>/phillyburbs.com/Philadelphia/PA/USA/25-Apr-05<BR>
<B>Protest/Peace Activit</B>y//<A HREF="http://quakersinthenews.blogspot.com/2005/04/protestpeace-activity.html">Mark Thomas</A>/New Statesman/London/England/UK/28-Apr-05<BR>
<B>Peace Activities /Religious Diversity</B>//<A HREF="http://quakersinthenews.blogspot.com/2005/04/peace-activities-religious-diversity.html">Children will fly kites in the air for peace on earth</A>/Santa Cruz Sentinel/Santa Cruz/CA/USA/27-Apr-05<BR>
<B>Peace Activities /Nuclear non-proliferation</B>/<A HREF="http://quakersinthenews.blogspot.com/2005/04/nuclear-non-proliferation.html">My battle to ban the bomb</A>/ic CheshireOnline/Northwich/England/UK/20-Apr-05<BR>
<B>Peace Activities /Conflict Resolution</B>//<A HREF="http://quakersinthenews.blogspot.com/2005/04/peace-activities-conflict-resolution.html">Quakers move to curb city violence</A>/SouthCoastToday.com/MA/USA/25-Apr-05<BR>
<B>International Conflict/Quaker Schools/Swarthmore</B>/<A HREF="http://quakersinthenews.blogspot.com/2005/04/international-conflictquaker.html">Rwandan teen, excelling in US, now lobbies for Darfur aid</A>/Stamford Advocate/Stamford/CT/USA/24-Apr-05<BR>
<B>International Conflict/Peace Activity</B>//<A HREF="http://quakersinthenews.blogspot.com/2005/04/international-conflictpeace-activity_28.html">Quaker has high hopes for the Mideast</A>/York Daily Record/York/PA/USA/25-Apr-05<BR>
<B>Inner Peace</B>///<A HREF="http://quakersinthenews.blogspot.com/2005/04/inner-peace.html">Single mom focused on finding success</A>/Providence Journal /Providence/RI/USA/24-Apr-05<BR>
<B>FCNL/Peace Activities /Obituary</B>///<A HREF="http://quakersinthenews.blogspot.com/2005/04/peace-activities-obituary.html">Marla's legacy: Locals reflect on what Ruzicka meant to them and ...</A>/Lake County Record-Bee/Lake County/CA/USA/27-Apr-05<BR>
<B>Business/Recreation/Politics and Economics/George, Henr</B>y/<A HREF="http://quakersinthenews.blogspot.com/2005/04/afscwarcounter-recruiting_28.html">Atlantic City's monopoly on Monopoly</A>/Birmingham News/Birmingham/AL/USA/26-Apr-05<BR>
<B>Arts/Quilts</B>///<A HREF="http://quakersinthenews.blogspot.com/2005/04/artsquilts_28.html">Locally made quilts on display at annual quilt show</A>/Palladium-Item/Indianapolis/IN/USA/28-Apr-05<BR>
<B>AFSC/War/Counter Recruiting</B>/<A HREF="http://quakersinthenews.blogspot.com/2005/04/afscwarcounter-recruiting_28.html">Protesters target US Army recruiters at CMU</A>/Pittsburgh Post Gazette/Pittsburgh/PA/USA/26-Apr-05<BR>
<B>AFSC/Immigration/</B>/<A HREF="http://quakersinthenews.blogspot.com/2005/04/afscimmigration_28.html">Latinos edgy over use of immigration law on crime</A>/San Diego Union Tribune/San Diego/CA/USA/26-Apr-05<BR>
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