Nobel Peace prize winners who gathered at the 12th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates in Chicago shared personal stories and shared insights on how “one person can make a difference” to build a just and peaceful world. True to that theme, AFSC’s Shan Cretin also visited an ongoing protest against the city’s decision to close six mental health clinics.
Shan and Ingeborg Breines, co-director of the International Peace Bureau, stopped by the Woodlawn Mental Health Clinic at 63rd Street and Woodlawn Avenue to express their solidarity with activists.
The Nihon Hidankyo, the Japanese nationwide organization of Hibakusha - survivors of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings and Bikini H-bomb test - have been nominated for the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize by the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), a Quaker peace and justice organization.
As a Nobel Peace Prize laureate, AFSC has the opportunity to make nominate worthy individuals or groups for the nobel prize. Several AFSC nominees have won the prize, although often a few years after our nomination, including Martin Luther King Jr., Jimmy Carter, and Desmond Tutu.
In 1947, the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) and British Friends Service Council accepted one of the most prestigious awards in the world—the Nobel Peace Prize—on behalf of Quakers worldwide. The prize recognized 300 years of Quaker efforts to heal rifts and oppose war. In particular, it named the work done by the two recipient Quaker organizations during and after the two world wars to feed starving children and help Europe rebuild itself.
Published 2009 by: AFSC and The National Priorities Project
The document, “The Cost of War in Afghanistan,” gives a historical and cultural context to the seven-year-old conflict and details the human cost of war in thousands of casualties, both American and Afghan, and millions of refugees.
Summary Documents of AFSC’s Position on Afghanistan
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