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Nobel Peace Laureates Gather in Chicago

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.

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Help AFSC choose our nominee for the 2015 Nobel Peace Prize. We're accepting your submissions throughout May.

Survivors of A- and H-bombings Nominated for Nobel Prize

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.

World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates

Friday, November 12, 2010 - 9:30am - Sunday, November 14, 2010 - 12:00pm

A Benefit Reception in support of Kathy Kelly, NOBEL PEACE PRIZE NOMINEE

Friday, September 3, 2010 - 7:00pm

Kathy will speak about her recent experiences in Afghanistan and Pakistan

where she interviewed victims of our drone attacks.

This will be an opportunity to learn about how drones

cause increasing retaliation toward our soldiers, making all Americans less secure.

Nobel Peace Prize nominations

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.

1948    Mahatma Gandhi

1949    John Boyd Orr

1950    Andre Trocme/Wilhelm Mensching

1951    Jawaharlal Nehru

Nobel Peace Prize

AFSC and the Nobel Peace Prize

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.

Learn About Afghanistan

The Cost of War in Afghanistan

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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