Peace

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What is HIPP?

History

The Help Increase the Peace (HIP) program was developed by the American Friends Service Committee staff in Syracuse, New York, in 1991 as a youth-oriented program to address the epidemic of violence in schools. HIP is based on the conviction that nonviolence and participation in our communities can better each of us and our world.

Workshops focus on three themes: options to violence; dealing with racism, prejudices, and our differences; and the belief that we can each participate in our communities to bring about positive social change.

Baltimore College Peace Network

The Baltimore College Peace Network is a network of faculty and students from colleges and universities in the Greater Baltimore area. The Baltimore Urban Peace Program of the American Friends Service Committee coordinates the Network.

The Baltimore College Peace Network works in three areas:

  • Peace Studies
  • Service Learning
  • Reflective Activism

 The Baltimore College Peace Network will:

Bay Area Peacebuilding Program

Hiroshima At 65 Postcard

Postcard with Hiroshima scene

Postcard marking 65 years after the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki -- 65 years of misspent trillions, contaminated air, land, and water, stockpiled thousands of warheads.

AFSC provides support and leadership to strengthen and broaden a peace movement that bridges many issues and engages many communities. The Bay Area Peace Building Program works with peace organizations and local communities to organize nonviolence programs for youth, interfaith dinners for women and religious leaders, speaking events, public actions, and popular education programs that include music and art to engage youth more effectively.

We are also proud to support the nationwide "afghans for Afghans" knitters' campaign.

Northampton, MA

Bring the War Dollars Home rally

Western Mass demonstration

On the 7th anniversary of the US war on Iraq, people of Western MA came together for a vigil, march, and rally on the steps of City Hall.

AFSC's Western Massachusetts program, founded in 1968, focuses on nonviolence training, study courses and dialogues on economic justice, campaigns against U.S. military intervention, and education and action to combat racism, classism, and homophobia.

Western Massachusetts faces problems of growing economic disparity, an increased tendency to scapegoat the poor and other marginalized social groups, a deterioration in public trust in local, state and federal government, along with increased efforts to militarize our economy and our communities.

Cambodia

Dhammayietra

Peace Walk Thailand-Cambodia

The peace march begins on the Cambodian side of the border with Thailand.

Established in 1980, AFSC operates its Asia Regional office out of Phnom Penh, Cambodia, providing humanitarian relief, development and peace building initiatives for communities recovering from war and conflict throughout the region.

In Cambodia, AFSC continues to support learning opportunities for local non-governmental organization partners and government officials, and collaborates with various organizations on exchange programs dealing with conflicts related to the environment, foreign investment, civil society building and other peace efforts.

Cambridge, MA

S Comm comunity protest

secure communities protest

Community protest outside Gov. Patrick's Secure Communities forum in Chelsea, MA.

The Cambridge office serves as the main administrative hub for the Northeast region. It also houses four of AFSC’s programs:

The Healing and Transformative Justice Program works with survivors of crime, those convicted of crime, and their families and communities.

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

Where we work

AFSC has offices around the world. To see a complete list see the Where We Work page.

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