The SERO Southeast STAR is the quarterly newsletter of the South East Regional Office of AFSC. It covers news from our regional and area offices. This issue has a special focus on the Miami Area Office.
In February 2010, 11 of us trooped down to Piedras Negras Mexico to celebrate our 10-year anniversary with our Mexican partners, the CFO (Comité Fronterizo de Obreras/os). We looked back; we looked forward. We evaluated, sang praises, and ate barbeque chicken. They gave us plaques of recognition and gifts. Some of us, Mexican and US, were awed. Some of us were new to the idea of our solidarity and were thrilled--or confused.
VISTA Volunteer Jessica Langley at a local high school.
Peace and Economic Justice
The Carolinas Peace and Economic Justice program is a community education and peace building program which builds alliances and support networks to create strategic links engaging those working for peace and alternatives to war and violence. AFSC's commitment to peace and economic justice is based on the Quaker belief in life as sacred and the desire to avoid all violence. AFSC tries to find peaceful solutions to conflicts and differences and to address the root causes of violence. We work toward this goal by
I was in Mexico, Reynosa, when the time changed; It sprang forward. Like so many other things, time can get lost. And I definitely lost track of time, on this visit. The border is so compelling and challenging to process. I began to write this, on my third day back, in Austin, and I am just now beginning to come out of my own kind of fog and awaken. I wrote today, in my journal. I had many emotions. I remembered family and parts of my life I'd filed away.
“A very appealing feature of the CFO philosophy is that they never impose an agenda on the workers, but instead respond to needs that workers articulate. They say ‘Always go to the workers with empty hands’—equivalent to our idiom of an open mind.” - Judith Rosenberg, Co-founder of Austin Tan Cerca de la Frontera
AFSC-Austin has supported grassroots initiatives among workers, migrants and activists for over a decade.
AFSC’s Martha Yager (right) with Rep. Margie Smith(left), who was the prime sponsor of a bill which raised New Hampshire’s minimum wage. AFSC’s New Hampshire office helped mobilize community groups to win that victory—and help win a higher federal minimum wage.
In today’s global economy, workers everywhere need policies that support jobs and communities. A new trade bill recently introduced in Congress will help reverse the global race to the bottom on wages and working conditions.
This June, Rep. Mike Michaud (D-ME), a former paper mill worker, introduced the Trade Reform, Accountability, Development and Employment (TRADE) Act (“H.R. 3012”) in Congress. The bill will ensure that trade agreements don’t infringe on:
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