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Economic Justice

West Virginial Economic Justice Coalition Partners

The Coalition of the Willing

Coalition of the Willing

West Virginia Economic Justice works in partnership with a host of organizations and individuals, including the WV Council of Churches, the state AFL-CIO and member unions, Service Employees International Union, the WV Welfare Reform Coalition, WV Coalition Against Domestic Violence, WV Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers; the Legislative Action Team for Children and Families, Direct Action Welfare Group, WV Interfaith Center on Public Policy, West Virginians United, WV Citizen Action Group, the media, policy makers, public agencies, educational institutions, the Center on

West Virginia - Economic Justice in Hard Times: Then and Now

Rick Wilson, director of AFSC’s West Virginia Economic Justice Project

Rome is burning—
no time to fiddle

In the grip of the Great Depression, as 89 percent of Lincoln County residents struggled to survive on meager relief payments and 6,000 children in McDowell County could not go to school because they didn’t have clothing, West Virginia’s democratic governors resisted federal initiatives aimed at stimulating the economy.

In An Appalachian New Deal: West Virginia in the Great Depression, Jerry B. Thomas relates how Gov. Guy Kump spoke out against a national “spending orgy” as he withdrew rural road projects, reduced relief rolls and slashed payments for desperate families.

Youth Programs

67 suenos mural

67 Sueños Mural (67 Dreams) mural on wall of San Fransisco Quaker Meeting.

Photo: Shiori Akimoto

The American Friends Service Committee Youth Programs involve young people in all aspects of the organization's work.  The Youth Programs seek to influence young people and be influenced by them, especially regarding their thinking about key issues of peace and justice.  The programs develop youth leadership in order to enhance movements for justice, peace and the empowerment of oppressed peoples as well as build bridges of understanding and active alliances among young people from diverse backgrounds and perspectives.

Women's Program

The work of the American Friends Service Committee Women's Program is to strengthen the capacity of the AFSC to recognize and to act, through its programs, to elimenate sexism and gender inequality, which harm women and are root causes of violence.  The Women's Program staff keeps abreast of major political, economic, and cultural issues that may affect women and AFSC work with women to ensure that it is responsive to opportunities to bring about positive change in the world.

Third World Coalition

The Third World Coalition of the American Friends Service Committee:

  • brings the perspectives of people of color into the AFSC work and policy.
  • exposes people of color community groups to the experiences and understandings of other third world groups and efforts.
  • conveys the total AFSC program experience to people of color groups associated with the TWC and AFSC

Seattle Indian Program

Photo: AFSC

AFSC's Seattle Indian Program supports Native sovereignty, economic justice and cultural preservation efforts.

Our Projects:

Economic Justice for Native Artists: In partnership with Foster Pepper PLLC and with the assistance of the Northwest Justice Project, AFSC is forming a Washington State Indian Arts and Crafts non-profit to protect the authenticity of Native arts and crafts and establish a Washington registry of authentic Native artisans. Visit us on Facebook.


Canoe Nations Support Consortium: A new nonprofit organization that works to support the annual Intertribal Canoe Journey, assisted by AFSC and the Potlatch Fund in its development.

Homeless Organizing Project -- "Street Spirit"

May issue of Street Spirit
Photo: AFSC / Mark Copelan

More than 100 homeless vendors earn income selling Street Spirit, the Bay Area's homeless newspaper. The paper also serves as an important tool in coordinating advocacy of issues concerning the homeless. For many activists, Street Spirit's 30,000 reader distribution provides them the most far-reaching public educational outreach available for homeless rights campaigns.

Read Street Spirit online.

Cambridge Material Assistance Program

Clothing items supplied by MAP.
Photo: AFSC

The American Friends Service Committee Material Assistance Program (MAP) was started in 1944; over the last 70 years our goal has been “to see what love can do” through material assistance, resource information and caring support to individuals in need. MAP aims to provide our services in a manner that allows individuals to retain their sense of dignity and self-respect.  

MAP acts as a one stop resource for those in need in the Greater Cambridge Area, alleviating immediate suffering and providing critical information to help clients meet their needs.  MAP provides donated clothing, small household items such as linens and cookware, and hygiene kits, to individuals and families who could not otherwise afford these necessities. Volunteers sort donations to ensure that we only provide recipients with items in excellent condition. On any given Tuesday or Thursday our tiny basement “store” is bustling with recipients “shopping” alongside each other, sharing resources and opinions, chatting as they go, allowing for moments of normalcy in their sometimes chaotic lives. 

To find out how MAP can help you or someone you know, click here.  

MAP depends on a dedicated group of talented and unique volunteers. Volunteers include folks who want to lend a helping hand to better their community and students from the Cambridge Rindge and Latin High School “School to Work” Program. Our largest group of volunteers consists of current and former recipients who wish to give back to the program that has helped them. To find out how you can help MAP, click here. 


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