Widening economic inequality is harmful to people everywhere—today, economic factors are responsible for more deaths than armed conflict in the U.S. and around the world. For lasting peace, every person needs access to education, adequate food and shelter, and safe, sustainable livelihoods.
To improve living and working conditions, AFSC organizes grassroots workers’ rights initiatives, community-based economic development, and anti-homelessness efforts. AFSC also advocates at every level for polices that reduce economic inequality.
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National advocacy on human needs-
Fair wages and employment-
Food, housing, and education-
All people in the U.S.—regardless of immigration status—have a right to work with dignity, but immigrant workers are often denied this right.
Military spending accounts for 57 percent of the U.S. discretionary federal budget. A culture of militarism, U.S.-led military interventions across the globe, and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have had untold human and financial costs, depleting U.S. resources for human needs.
Privatization of public resources and the increasing influence of corporations on the U.S. political system threatens democracy and transparency. AFSC is challenging the influence of corporate money in political elections, military contracts, and prison privatization in order to reverse the privatization trend.