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Jacob Flowers: Seeking peace and justice in a new year

Jacob Flowers: Seeking peace and justice in a new year

Published: June 5, 2019

AFSC South Regional Director Jacob Flowers and staff marching with the Poor People’s Campaign, June 2018.

Photo: AFSC / Bryan Vana

Friends,

From start to finish, 2018 was a year of unexpected challenges—one that forced the AFSC to shift strategies, but also brought out the best from organizers and supporters across the South Region who are determined to seek peace and justice for targeted and marginalized communities.

In North Carolina, we continue to work on the forefront of the Sanctuary Movement, acting to protect immigrants who are under daily threats of inhumane policies.

Our longstanding connections in New Orleans and Baltimore are helping to cultivate economic development and sustainability literally from the ground up, providing space for communities to grow together.

In West Virginia, we watched young leaders stand up for public school employees in a 55-county strike and advocate for progessive legislation as the state attempts to cut benefits that families need.

Our D.C. program formed new alliances with human rights educators and activists in the District, and planned for the next phase of work in a Human Rights City.

Florida’s large population of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) holders made themselves heard loud and clear this past year in the fight for permanent residency; we are so proud of those who joined with us to speak out from Miami to D.C.

Finally in Atlanta, we shielded victims of housing injustice, fought for community representation in city planning and kickstarted what we know will be exciting work with promising young changemakers.

As we reflect on our successes in 2018, we know that we will need your help to carry that momentum through this year. We want to counter systemic racism, expose and counter militarism, and support immigrant rights—all to the best of our ability. Our programs work tirelessly to provide resources, train allies and advocate for our friends and neighbors, who need us now more than ever. Will you stand with us as a partner for peace and justice today?

Yours in struggle,
Jacob Flowers
AFSC South Regional Director