The American Friends Service Committee’s work in 2002 continued to be affected by the tragic events of September 11, 2001. An overarching campaign called “No More Victims” directly linked our domestic and international programs and renewed our historic emphasis on U.S. peacebuilding by promoting citizen action.
At AFSC, we fi rmly believe that the might of soldiers, bombs and terror is not the right path. We know that there are never “winners” in war and that our organization is part of the human community that fervently desires peaceful ways of resolving conflict. We exposed the painful fact that billions of dollars are diverted from human progress—from economic justice, equality, education—to armaments and bomb-laden airplanes.
Throughout 2002, AFSC pushed, prompted, persuaded, and acted on our core Quaker beliefs. We
held fast to the possibilities of building a global comonmunity and strengthening international institutions and organizations for peace.
Our gratitude goes to our donor partners and our appreciation to the diverse communities who allow us to join them in witness to the best that humankind offers. I hope you will find the following Highlights of 2002 informative, stimulating, and satisfying.
With hopes for peace,
Mary Ellen McNish