At AFSC we believe that to have peace, we have to have justice. Through the Arab Spring and the emergence of the Occupy Movement we have seen a groundswell for support of the idea that justice includes economic issues, not just legal ones. In the videos below, General Secretary Shan Cretin talks about AFSC's work for economic justice through support for local opportunities around the world.
As Occupy Wall Street grew into the larger Occupy Movement, AFSC offices across the US provided support and trainings when asked by local groups. We are excited by this powerful nonviolent witness against economic injustice.
In Africa, AFSC works with local communities as they develop opportunities to improve their economies, and take control of their futures. Here, Shan Cretin talks about her visit to the Hatcliffe Extension in Harare, Zimbabwe, and AFSC's support for progress in that community.
In New Mexico, AFSC works with small farmers to create food security and economic opportunity. Now small organic farms are producing food for growers and for sale at local farm stands. And they are also providing organic vegetables to local public schools.
Native Iowans Cindy and Craig Corrie are the parents of human rights activist and observer Rachel Corrie who, on March 16, 2003, was killed by an Israeli military Caterpillar D9R bulldozer in the Gaza Strip as she tried to prevent the demolition of a Palestinian family’s home. Motivated by their daughter's work and example, the Corries have dedicated themselves to the pursuit of justice and peace in the Middle East and have made numerous visits to the region, spending time in Israel, the West Bank, Gaza, Egypt, and Turkey.
The Corries have continued to seek accountability in the case of their daughter’s 2003 death and to challenge U.S. foreign policy in Palestine-Israel through efforts with the U.S. Congress, U.S. Departments of State and Justice, the Israeli Government, the Israeli and U.S. court systems, and at the corporate headquarters of Caterpillar, Inc.
The Corries spoke in Des Moines at an AFSC event on December 5, 2011. Video courtesy Des Moines videographer Rodger Routh.
[Update] The sister of a 5-year-old girl being treated for a life-threatening case of leukemia has been granted a temporary visa to try and save her sister’s life. “This gives her hope for life,” says Mariam Habib of the AFSC who had formally applied for humanitarian parole for the little girl.
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AFSC's Peace Bus in Guatemala travels around the city to provide urban youth with a "safe space" to receive counseling and learn conflict resolution skills.
In Latin America AFSC is working with the police and young people to reform how these two parties interact with one another to reduce the level of violince and conflict.
AFSC is looking for opportunities to further develop working relationship with the Quaker community in Cuba, with special focus on Holguin Province where there are several Quaker meetings.
Malcolm Suber, AFSC Project Director in New Orleans, discusses efforts to enlist the Dept. of Justice in the struggle to confront police abuse in New Orleans.