On January 21, 2013, AFSC's Friend of a Friend program led a Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day community tribunal at Mount Pleasant Baptist Church in Govans, Baltimore. Residents shared their experiences and concerns with the Maryland prison system and brainstormed strategies for making their voices heard.
Eddie Conway Freedom School participants engage in a discussion about how to build good credit. Life skills like this were taught during the summer session, in addition to history, communication skills, and community organizing.
Photo: Bryan Vana
Imagine living right next to a gas station and being forbidden to walk there for a snack. For many of Baltimore’s youth, like Octavia Chase, this is a reality. "My parents don't really allow me to go outside," Octavia shared. "The neighborhood doesn’t seem bad, but if I can’t go to a gas station that’s right there, there must be something wrong. That bothers me." But the high school student found an alternative environment in the Eddie Conway Freedom School, where she can actively give back to her community and attempt to change it for the better.
On December 4th Baltimore's Youth Empowerment through Conflict Resolution Program and Kenneth Morrison have teamed up to organize the community to address anti-gay bullying and LGBTQ youth suicide. Event will take place at Coppin State University and will include a Facilitated Dialog*, Panel Discussion and Book Release Party.
The Baltimore College Peace Network is a network of faculty and students from colleges and universities in the Greater Baltimore area. The Baltimore Urban Peace Program of the American Friends Service Committee coordinates the Network.
The Baltimore College Peace Network works in three areas:
The Baltimore Urban Peace Program is the key organizer of a new effort to respond to violence in the Govans Community. There has been an upsurge in violence in the Govans neighborhood of Baltimore where the AFSC-MAR office is located. In early September, a young man was killed on the street in front of the AFSC office. Two bullets hit our building.
AFSC is a Quaker organization devoted to service, development, and peace programs throughout the world. Our work is based on the belief in the worth of every person, and faith in the power of love to overcome violence and injustice. Learn more
Where we work
AFSC has office around the world. To see a complete list see the Where We Work page.