Students from Iowa join thousands of other marchers for peace at an October rally in Chicago.
Cody Ryan, Sean Bremhorst, Serena Fath, Karina Foster-Middleton, and Jeffrey J. Weiss Representing Students Beyond War and the Catholic Peace Ministry joined thousands of people on the streets of Chicago, Saturday, October 16 to call for an end to the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and to encourage spending for health care and education instead!
We also were joined by close to 30 Iowans, including AFSC Iowa Program Coordinator Kathleen McQuillen, and have to thank AFSC and the Catholic Peace Ministry for helping to fund this initiative.
AFSC Volunteers will set up peace tables on a monthly basis at local high schools and middle schools during lunch. Each month, there is a different theme that centered on nonviolence and conflict resolution; these themes are also relevant to issues concerning students.
Youth at Pittsburgh's Racial Justice Through Human Rights Group discussing violence and nonviolence
Creating a Culture of Peace
Over the weekend of October 22-23rd thirteen youth grades 10 through 12 came together at the Pittsburgh Friends Meeting House to explore issues of violence, nonviolence, social change movements and community. We used the Creating a Culture of Peace curriculum, which was developed by Janet Chisholm while at the Fellowship of Reconciliation, that uses popular education to explore these concepts.
The summer of 2010, the Youth Empowerment through Conflict Resolution Program expanded its conflict resolution and mediation training to middle school students at the Higher Achievement Program’s 6 week summer learning program. Mediation helped resolve conflicts not only between scholars, but between scholars and staff. In 7/8 of the mediations, the situation was resolved. None of the disputants needed further mediation.
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.