As it has since its founding in 1917, the American Friends Service Committee faced a year of challenges and successes in 2004. While saddened by the continuing violence and death in Iraq, we were strengthened by the remarkable and moving response to our traveling memorial, Eyes Wide Open.
Conceived and developed by AFSC’s Chicago Office, the exhibit uses a pair of combat boots for each member of the U.S. military who has died in the Iraq war. A large array of shoes and sandals represents the tens of thousands of Iraqi citizens who have died and display panels provide commentary about how the war started. Eyes Wide Open has traveled the country, present at events such as the Fourth of July celebrations in Philadelphia, the Republican National Convention in New York and at the Democratic National Convention in Boston.
While the Eyes Wide Open exhibit has a special meaning for AFSC, I like to think that we approach all of our programs with our eyes wide open—open to possibilities for peace, reconciliation and economic betterment for our brothers and sisters around the world.
Whether it is in an urban office in Newark to talk with an immigration lawyer, a rice paddy in Laos, a church assembly room in Kansas City, or a hurricane devastated community, people bring their energy and commitment to join ours.
We thank our financial supporters for their dedication to AFSC and to our mutual vision of a better world. The programs presented in this report could not operate without them.
I commend this Annual Report to you and dedicate it to all of the AFSC’s remarkable program partners.
With warm regards
Mary Ellen McNish