On June 22nd, 2015, a group of young people and AFSC staff from the DC Peace & Economic Justice Project and West Virginia's Appalachian Center for Equality (ACE) gathered for a week in order to discuss human rights and prepare for a day of meeting with elected officials. The DC Youth Human Rights Summit, a weeklong event now in its third year, was supported by Bethesda Friends Meeting as well as the Barrett Foundation.
In January, AFSC staff and youth from across the South Region led protests and a national panel discussion to confront the issue of police violence and militarization in the United States.
Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday served as the launch date for SOAR (South Organizing Against Racism), which inspired youth-led events in over 15 cities including Baltimore, Washington, D.C., Greensboro, Miami and New Orleans.
“Starting this human rights program has shown us how to be better human beings for ourselves and the world around us” claims Mika, a M.O.M.I.E.S. youth ambassador and 8th grader at Howard University Middle School in Washington, D.C.
Throughout the year, M.O.M.I.E.S. (Mentoring of Minorities in the Education System) ambassadors in D.C. have learned about their human rights and started advocating for social change.
Students from South Region programs in North Carolina, West Virginia, New Orleans, Atlanta and Washington, D.C., gathered in the nation’s capital in June for a Human Rights Summit organized by Jean Louis Peta Ikambana director of the AFSC-DC program.
The students participated in workshops to prepare for meetings with their representatives on Capitol Hill.
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