Jan 292018

The first issue of Quaker Concern for 2018 is now online. Here’s a preview of the articles you’ll find (in addition to short news and updates):

Advancing Legislation on the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

By Jennifer Preston

CFSC proudly worked with partners in the Coalition for the Human Rights of Indigenous Peoples to host a symposium, Implementing the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples: Priorities, Partnerships and Next Steps, to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the United Nations’ adoption of the Declaration. Our Symposium took place at the University of Quebec in Gatineau, November 20, and 21, 2017. Read more.

The National Restorative Justice Symposium

By Dick Cotteril

I wake up. It’s 4:30 AM. At first I notice the silence. It’s quiet now. Earlier in the night it was noisy. The jail cells were purposely constructed with rounded ceilings so that sound would travel. This lets the guards hear what goes on in the cells. I assume that is why I could hear everyone so well earlier in the night. I see the light shining through the bars of my cell door. I sit up on the side of the bed, put my feet on the floor, and reach out, nearly touching the sides of my cell with my fingertips. Read more.

No Way to Treat a Child

By Matthew Legge

I’ve learned a great deal from Friends about discussing difficult issues and searching together for unity in the Spirit. Without having to agree, we can find ways to hold a broader perspective and come to experience a deeper truth. Every area that CFSC works on is controversial, and many will passionately disagree with our views on Indigenous Peoples’ human rights, criminal justice, or synthetic biology. CFSC’s views are ever evolving, and we must continue to listen to those with whom we disagree. Read more.

A Quaker Perspective: Technology, Synthetic Biology, and Extinction

By Fred Bass

Industrial technologies have extended across the earth and provided benefits like food, clean water, sanitation, and housing to billions of people. However, with increased consumption of resources and the social changes that technologies and capital-driven economies have brought, they have also disrupted ecosystems and human communities. In fact, the global, ecological impact of humans and our technologies has already led to the Sixth Mass Extinction of life. We are in the midst of a global, biological catastrophe. Read more.