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SOAR takes flight: Youth protest across South Region

In January, AFSC staff and youth from across the South Region led protests and a national panel discussion to confront the issue of police violence and militarization in the United States.

Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday served as the launch date for SOAR (South Organizing Against Racism), which inspired youth-led events in over 15 cities including Baltimore, Washington, D.C., Greensboro, Miami and New Orleans.

A message from the South regional director: Spring 2015

Dear Family, Friends and Supporters,

On January 15th, Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday, AFSC South Region youth programs participated in SOAR (South Organizing Against Racism), a day of action against police violence and militarization.

Over 15 cities participated by publically demonstrating and conducting workshops on this important issue. In this ongoing moment of youth activism, we fully support young people and others in pressing the case against police violence and militarization.

Youth lift up their voices in St. Louis peace summit

Students say it’s time to listen to young people’s ideas about stopping violence  at the first Urban Peace Summit in St. Louis.

Northwest Academy student letter 10-31-13

Students at Northwest Academy of Law in St. Louis wrote this open letter expressing their hopes for a Peace Summit held November 8, 2013.

Alternatives to Violence Course

Lion and Lamb

The lion and the lamb is the artwork used for the honorary pin which was given to graduates of the Alternatives to Violence course.

Developing leaders for peace, justice, and nonviolence.

John Looney, 1916-2005

"Stop the Killing" Poetry Performance at Poetry for Peace Night

A 12 year old student at Batiste Cultural Arts Academy performing" Stop the Killing" at AFSC New Orlean's Poetry for Peace night.

Peace by Piece Nonviolence Training

Tuesday, March 15, 2011 - 3:00pm - 4:30pm

Peace by Piece Nonviolece Youth Committee trains detention students at SciTech Academy in nonviolence techniques.

"Read the Book" Youth Poetry Performance at Poetry for Peace night

A five year old student at Batiste Cultural Arts Academy in New Orleans performing "Read the Book" at AFSC New Orlean's Poetry for Peace night.

Alternative Jobs & Resources Fair

Saturday, March 26, 2011 - 10:00am - 2:00pm

The Alternative Jobs and Resources Fair is a one day event, where you can find information on resources available to youth and families in New Orleans.  Thinking about a job with a social change group?, always dreamed of a non-traditional job?, haven’t decided what fields of work you want to explore?, or need information about training programs?   Come hear speakers, watch performances designed to entertain and teach, visit the resource tables, attend a workshops on job skills, get information about work and job opportunities.

Stop the Killing and Give it a Rest!

“Why do you like to see someone you love laying there lifeless?,” is one of the many questions that a sixth grade student at Batiste Cultural Arts Academy(BCAA) in New Orleans asks her peers during her poem “Stop the Killing and Give it a Rest.”   Around sixteen other students also performed poems like this to an audience of about 63 of their peers during the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) New Orleans’ Poetry for Peace night held in partnership with City Year New Orleans on Feb. 24, 2011.

Who we are

AFSC is a Quaker organization devoted to service, development, and peace programs throughout the world. Our work is based on the belief in the worth of every person, and faith in the power of love to overcome violence and injustice. Learn more

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