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Quaker Action Spring 2014

Quaker Action Spring 2014

Teambuilding activity at “Sharing Experiences Inspired by Peace,” a summer camp

Peace camp in Guatemala

Ruben Ruíz Cruz

We dream a world

While local and global crises fuel fear and conflict, a movement of peace-minded problem-solvers is moving the world toward a future with justice for all of us.

In this issue of Quaker Action, hear from young people in Cambodia, Guatemala, Indonesia, the United States, and Zimbabwe who are using their lives to create a world we all would like to see.


Carlos "Elmo" Gomez in Warsaw, Poland
Growing a movement one person, one community at a time

Sharing with each other what they’ve learned about the power of nonviolence and what it takes to build peace in their communities, young people from AFSC’s programs in six U.S. states and six other countries traveled together to the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates in Warsaw, Poland last fall. They brought back to their communities a profound awareness that they are not working in isolation—that they are part of a global network of AFSC programs and like-minded partners seeking lasting peace with justice.

speaking at a mural unveiling
Undocumented and unafraid

Culture change and reclamation usually precede political change, and that’s one reason why undocumented immigrants in the San Francisco Bay Area have decided to tell their stories publicly. They stand to lose a lot by doing so—but they have much more to gain by claiming their power and shifting the narrative.

Aceh lighting of peace torch
Lighting the way to inclusion in Indonesia

A social movement committed to diversity is bearing the Peace Torch throughout Indonesia, bringing an emotional message to areas touched by religious and ethnic violence and threatened by intolerance.

Listen up!

Who sets the direction for social change? For young people working to solve problems in their neighborhood, state, or the world at large, speaking out about their lived experiences, sharing their solutions, and being truly heard are critical parts of making lasting peace and justice.

pile of publications known as the high school papers
Sustenance of a student movement

Young people looking for social change have, throughout AFSC’s history, turned to the American Friends Service Committee for support.