Reflection and action guide for reducing local violence
This handbook is a tool to help community leaders implement urban peace-building programs.
The lessons here are particularly relevant to contested spaces in multi-cultural contexts, where people are suffering oppression from different forces, such as criminal groups, political tensions, economic exclusion, discrimination, etc. Most of these urban zones are also inhabited by people living under poverty and extreme poverty, like most marginal urban neighborhoods in Latin America and the Caribbean.
Jorge Laffitte and Carmen Ortiz of American Friends Service Committee
American Friends Service Committee's (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.
AFSC staff and partners participated in the United Nations 5th World Forum in conjuction with the Urban Social Forum held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil from March 22-26, 2010.
The primary aim of this Dialogue and Exchange project was to provide participants with opportunities for direct contact and networking with practitioners and researchers on urban peace and/or citizen security from other continents like Africa, Asia, Europe and USA.
Early November 2008, the Brazilian Federal Ministry of Justice authorized AFSC to start operations in Brazil. The opening of an AFSC Latin America Regional Office in the city of Fortaleza, State of Ceara makes part of the decentralization of the AFSC International Programs in the different continents (Africa, Asia, Middle East, Latin America).The decentralization of programs and management will allow for better coordination and stewardship with local entities.
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:
The Baltimore Urban Peace Program is the key organizer of a new effort to respond to violence in the Govans Community. There has been an upsurge in violence in the Govans neighborhood of Baltimore where the AFSC-MAR office is located. In early September, a young man was killed on the street in front of the AFSC office. Two bullets hit our building.
AFSC's programs in the Latin America and Caribbean Region focus on issues of urban peace and the security of individuals. The Regional Office in Guatemala provides monitoring and support to the programs. Our staff also collaborate with other AFSC programs on public information and educational activities in United States.
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 office around the world. To see a complete list see the Where We Work page.