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Austin Tan Cerca de la Frontera: Forging Relationships Across Borders

Maquiladora workers
Photo: AFSC

“A very appealing feature of the CFO philosophy is that they never impose an agenda on the workers, but instead respond to needs that workers articulate. They say ‘Always go to the workers with empty hands’—equivalent to our idiom of an open mind.” - Judith Rosenberg, Co-founder of Austin Tan Cerca de la Frontera

AFSC-Austin has supported grassroots initiatives among workers, migrants and activists for over a decade.

AFSC Calls for a Just Minimum Wage

AFSC’s Martha Yager with Rep. Margie Smith.

AFSC’s Martha Yager (right) with Rep. Margie Smith(left), who was the prime sponsor of a bill which raised New Hampshire’s minimum wage. AFSC’s New Hampshire office helped mobilize community groups to win that victory—and help win a higher federal minimum wage.

Keep the momentum going

Change Trade Policy

In today’s global economy, workers everywhere need policies that support jobs and communities.  A new trade bill recently introduced in Congress will help reverse the global race to the bottom on wages and working conditions. 

This June, Rep. Mike Michaud (D-ME), a former paper mill worker, introduced the Trade Reform, Accountability, Development and Employment (TRADE) Act (“H.R. 3012”) in Congress.  The bill will ensure that trade agreements don’t infringe on:

Human Rights Teacher Workshop

Participants in the Human Rights Teacher Workshop

The AFSC Los Angeles Peace Education Program offers Human Rights resources, training and professional development for K-12 educators.  Each year, our office facilitates a Human Rights Education workshop for Los Angeles United School District (LAUSD) teachers through the United Teachers of Los Angeles salary-point system.  

Cost of War, Economic

The Cost of War and Eyes Wide Open on display at Indiana University, Bloomington

Eyes Wide Open and The Cost of War on display at Indiana University, Bloomington.

The Cost of War

The purpose of The Cost of War is to highlight the economic cost of the war and demand that Congress shift war funding to support human needs here and real solution in Iraq and Afghanistan. The display features 10 seven-foot banners that explore the one day cost of war and how that money could be better spent on human needs.

To read more about The Cost of War, please visit www.afsc.org/cost.

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