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This House Not for Sale

Children supporting the This House Not For Sale program

This House Not for Sale was a project growing out of concerns of residents of northwest Pasadena and was an effort to help stabilize changing neighborhoods and keep property values at their current levels. Householders who intended to stay where they lived were encouraged to display the signs. The project (carried out in conjunction with All Peoples Christian Church in Los Angeles) was a precursor to further AFSC efforts through its Fair Housing Program.

Prince Edward County School Closings

In 1959 Shirley turned 6 years old. Her excitement grew as fall approached because she would be going to school for the first time. What she didn't understand was that 1959 was to be different. The US Federal Court had ordered Prince Edward County, Virginia, where Shirley lived, to desegregate its schools. And the county school board, rather than integrate their system as ordered, closed all the public schools.

Taken Prisoners by the Viet Cong

At 28, Marjorie Nelson was a doctor on the staff of AFSC's Quang Ngai Rehabilitation Center in Vietnam. After months of working for long hours with little free time and constant reminders of the human tragedy of the war, Marge was pleased to take a vacation to the city of Hué during the Tet holidays. On January 29, 1968, she set off for a week's visit with Sandra Johnson, a friend at a volunteer agency in Hué. However, both women disappeared shortly after Marge arrived. On February 9, a secretary from the U.S.

Undaunted spirits: 1949 relief efforts in Gaza

AFSC has a long history of work in Gaza, including relief efforts in 1949 and 1950.

"Who Save One Life."

The Email message read, "Can you help me by locating in your records the name of a monastery in France where I was hidden?" It explained that Quakers in the South of France had helped the writer during World War II.

They served without weapons: World War II conscientious objectors service as "human guinea pigs"

In 1940, an act of the U.S. Congress created Civilian Public Service for men who were conscientiously opposed to serving in the military. The intent was to organize "work of national importance under civilian direction," so conscientious objectors (COs) could give meaningful alternative service. Initially, "work of national importance" included road building and reforestation projects. As the war continued, an opportunity was offered to conscientious objectors to participate in scientific experiments as "human guinea pigs." This gave COs the opportunity to prove themselves ready to serve in dangerous situations that would not require taking human life. 

Our Day in the German Gestapo

Sixty-two years ago, three Quakers, Rufus Jones, George Walton, and Robert Yarnall, representatives of the American Friends Service Committee, traveled to Germany in response to the Day of Broken Glass. On November 10, 1938, Jews in Germany were attacked, beaten, arrested, and their businesses and synagogues vandalized and burned. The shattered glass gave its name to the event.

Horses, cows, and Typhus: Quaker work in Poland after World War I

In 1919, the new Polish government asked members of the Religious Society of Friends to help stop an outbreak of typhus. The epidemic was caused by refugees who brought it with them when they returned to claim their farmland after World War I. During the war, many farmers and villagers had hastily evacuated the countryside when Germans advanced into the area, devastating large parts and turning them into battlefields. The people who owned the land had fled to the east to parts of Russia.

Warmth and sweetness: the beginnings of a postwar feeding program in Germany

Dog cart for German feeding program

Dog cart for German feeding program

Dog cart with supplies for the feeding program

Hunger and malnutrition haunted Germany after World War I. Quakers had been aware of the problem for several years, building relationships and investigating the situation, so in 1920 Hoover asked AFSC to carry out his feeding program.

Origin of the American Friends Service Committee

Haverford Emergency Unit 1917

Haverford Emergency Unit 1917

Haverford Emergency Unit training in 1917

Friends founded AFSC as they looked ahead to an approaching crisis related to WWI and a chaotic system for religious objectors to war.

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