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AFSC advocates NM legislation to support local schools purchasing from local farmers
SB 237 and HB 231 have been introduced in the New Mexico state legislature this week. The Senate and House bills allocate funding for local school districts in New Mexico to purchase from local farmers so children will have local food in their school lunches. If you are a resident of New Mexico, please contact your legislators and let them know to suppport these bills! http://www.nmlegis.gov/Sessions/15%20Regular/bills/house/HB0231.pdf
In October 2014, AFSC’s Friend of a Friend program organized a book drive to support the opening of a library at ConneXions Academy in Baltimore. Led by Friend of a Friend associate Marshall “Eddie” Conway, the drive brought in thousands of books to fill the empty shelves, which were unveiled in a public ceremony featuring activist artist Emory Douglas.
Dominque Stevenson: How did ConneXions [Community Leadership Academy] become involved with AFSC?
As poverty in Myanmar (Burma) deepens, Buddhist monasteries have started schools to provide basic education and care for the increasing number of poor children who cannot afford to attend state schools. These schools accept students of both sexes and of all ethnicities and religions, and use the standard state curriculum. The monks and nuns leading these schools see education as vital to the future of their country. The state spends less than 2% of gross domestic product on health and education, leading to a serious deterioration in the country’s future prospects.
Responding to the closing of schools and slashing of school budgets across the country, this forum will examine our nations our spending priorities and commitment to education.
Panel members will discuss: federal, state and local spending on education versus spending on military programs; the crisis in education; violence in schools and in the world; solutions and models for change; and actions we can take.
Since 2001, AFSC's Mozambique Integrated Rural Development Program(MIRD) has worked in partnership with three communities located in Manica Province. In Denglelenga, Dororo and Chitunga, AFSC has developed projects that include reforestation, fish ponds, community gardens and school construction. Throughout this time, the MIRD program has been committed to following three basic steps:
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.