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September 2012 E-Newsletter- NC Immigrant Rights Program

The September 2012 e-newsletter of the NC Immigrant Rights Program

Toward Peace and Justice, October 2012

Friends,

The belief that communities must develop their own means to overcome injustice and sustain themselves is at the heart of the American Friends Service Committee’s approach to building peace. As we move from one place to the next, we adapt our programs, informed by the strength and vision of each new partner community.

Still, consistent themes cut across the communities where we work. AFSC is able to bring lessons learned in one community into another, exploring ways to meet local needs, respect local culture, and build on each other’s wisdom.

Toward Peace and Justice: August 2012

Dear Friend,

Peace is not a destination; it is a way of living, a way of treating every other person, community, and nation with dignity and respect. In our work for peace, the American Friends Service Committee fosters compassionate truth-telling, healing, and reconciliation across the sharp edges of conflict. We bring people together across geography, race, ethnicity, religion, and class using many tools—the arts, interfaith dialogue, nonviolent activism, and advocacy. And we work tirelessly for the just economic and social conditions that make peace possible.

Toward Peace and Justice, July 2012: Standing with Immigrant Communities Across the U.S.

Dear Friend,

Respect for human rights is essential for a peaceful society. We each have a duty to ensure that every one of our neighbors is treated with dignity and respect. The American Friends Service Committee has  been standing with immigrants and their families since 1924, when we responded to anti-immigrant laws of that era that sought to exclude immigrants from Asia, Mexico, and Southern Europe.

Toward Peace and Justice - May 2012

Dear Friend,

I am Mark Graham, AFSC’s Director of Communications. While our General Secretary Shan Cretin is traveling to visit AFSC’s programs in Asia, I have the privilege of updating you on our work for peace. 

Toward Peace and Justice: Tax Day 2012

Dear Friends,

Tomorrow is the last day to file your federal taxes for 2012. For Tax Day this year, AFSC is working hard to make clear how the choices in our federal budget affect communities across the U.S. Like you, AFSC wants:

Acting in Faith: Ain't Gonna Study War No More

Dear Friend,

“Sooner or later, all the peoples of the world will have to discover a way to live together in peace, and thereby transform this pending cosmic elegy into a creative psalm of brotherhood. If this is to be achieved, man must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression, and retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

Toward Peace and Justice: March 2012

Building Foundations for Lasting Peace

 

Dear Friend,

At AFSC we believe that lasting peace is built on a foundation of respect for the diverse cultures and experiences that enrich our global family. We tap all kinds of resources—physical and spiritual—to share personal stories, create digital connections, and honor the creativity with which people everywhere work to transform the scourge of violence in their communities and their countries.

Toward Peace and Justice: The Coming Budget Debate

Dear Friend,

Monday, February 13, President Obama is expected to release his proposed federal budget, kicking off the annual discussion of how the US spends money. As you know, last year’s process was short on solutions and long on partisan, misleading, often ugly, debate. Unfortunately, we believe this year likely will be worse.

Who we are

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

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