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Apr 2, 2014, 11:25am Carol Bragg
In the spring of 1988, I somewhat belatedly became involved in the anti-apartheid movement.  I had worked for the American Friends Service Committee (Quakers) in Rhode Island for 16 years on peace and justice issues. My position was slated to...
Jan 17, 2014, 7:15pm Ken Sehested
In the context of the ongoing international solidarity fast for Syria, we continue a series of spiritual reflections on fasting with this Christian commentary, with particular resonance toward the coming liturgical season of Lent.When we hear...
Jan 10, 2014, 2:21pm Leila Zand
Right now I am standing outside the U.N. headquarters in New York City, helping launch the International Solidarity Hunger Strike for Syria.This week and next, FOR leaders — including Kristin Stoneking, Lynn Gottlieb, Rabia Terri Harris, John...
Jan 10, 2014, 4:09am Kristin Stoneking
Fasting as a symbolic activity has a wide ranging history and a breadth of meaning. For Christians, fasting as a spiritual practice reminds us of the 40 days Jesus spent in the wilderness without food. After being baptized, Jesus retreated to the...
Jan 10, 2014, 3:47am Rabia Terri Harris
In the name of God All-Merciful Most CompassionateMuslims understand from the Qur’an that there is a force abroad in the world which hates the human being. It is not part of us, but it whispers to us from directions we do not perceive, and all...
Jan 9, 2014, 1:51pm FOR
MEDIA ADVISORY FOR FRIDAY JANUARY 10Doctors, Faith and Human Rights Leaders Gather at UN to Announce International Solidarity Hunger Strike for Syria, Demand Lifting of Military “Starvation Siege”This Friday, January 10, at 10:...
Aug 30, 2013, 10:32pm Lynn Gottlieb
It is a tradition for the pious to fast from dawn to dusk during the Ten Days of Teshuvah, as it is written, “I am with them in distress.” (Psalm 91:15) Suffering is ever before us. We mourn the unnecessary loss of life that stems from preventable...
Jan 22, 2013, 1:02pm Ethan Vesely-Flad
It would be hard to find someone active in or closely connected to the Fellowship of Reconciliation in the past four decades who does not know the name, if not the face and voice, of long-time FOR leader Richard Deats. Richard has served FOR in...
Mar 21, 2012, 3:54pm Linda Kelly
Irom Chanu Sharmila stopped eating and drinking more than 11 years ago. A poet and civil rights activist from Manipur, Sharmila began her hunger strike in demand that the Indian government repeal the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act of 1958 (AFSPA...