Human Rights

Des Moines Human Rights Symposium

Wednesday, March 19, 2014 - 8:00am

28th Annual Symposium

Greater Des Moines Friends of Human Rights, Inc.

Celebrating Sixty (60) Years of Human & Civil Rights Education in Metropolitan Des Moines

Presenting Sponsor

Des Moines University

3206 Grand Ave.

March 19, 2014

Human Rights Learning: Wilson High School, Washington, D.C.

 

Wilson High School students discuss their human rights learning projects as part of AFSC's D.C. Peace & Economic Justice Program.

 

It's Human Rights Day. Let's talk resources.

On Human Rights Day, Dec. 10, bring attention to ways we can work toward the standards set forth in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which, like the American Friends Service Committee’s (AFSC) core values, recognizes the inherent dignity of all people in the world.

Spark conversation and action in your community groups, congregations, and networks on social media using these five resources on human rights issues:

Benefit concert AFSC Youth program and Philippines

Friday, December 6, 2013 - 7:30pm - 9:30pm

Benefit Concert
for
The American Friends Service Committee PA Youth Program
and
National Nurses Relief Group for the Philippines
An evening of music featuring: the Raging Grannies, Smokestack Lightning and friends, Recording artists Callan and Mark Dignam

Benefit Concert for American Friends Service Committee youth

Friday, December 6, 2013 - 7:30pm - 9:30pm

Benefit Concert
for
The American Friends Service Committee PA Youth Program
and
National Nurses Relief Group for the Philippines 

 An evening of music featuring: The Raging Grannies, Smokestack Lightning and friends and Recording artists Callan and Mark Dignan

2013 DC Youth Human Rights Summit Testimonies

2013 DC Youth Human Rights Learning Summit (2)

Left to right: AFSC's Appalachian Center for Equality (ACE) BAPS program participant Jimetta, DC Peace & Economic Justice Program Director Jean-Louis Peta Ikambana, BAPS participant Ciara and ACE Program Director Lida Shepherd during the 2013 Human Rights Summit in Washington, D.C.

Photo: Bryan Vana

Reflections on the 2013 DC Youth Human Rights Learning Summit by AFSC interns and participants.

2013 DC Youth Human Rights Summit Report

2013 DC Youth Human Rights Learning Summit (1)

AFSC DC Peace & Economic Justice interns Rita (left) and Morgan speak during a meeting with Jason Spear, Legislative Associate to Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) as part of the 2013 Human Rights Summit.

Photo: Bryan Vana

With support from the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC)’s donor-funded 2013 Opportunity Grant Fund, AFSC’s Peace & Economic Justice Program in Washington, D.C. organized and hosted its first annual AFSC Youth Human Rights Summit, which took place over five days in June 2013.  The Summit drew ten young people (seven high school students from New Orleans, LA; St. Louis, MO; Logan, West VA; and Washington, D.C., two college students from Earlham College in Greensboro, NC, and one college student from Washington, D.C.

Building a community in the face of discrimination

Jodie Geddes Greensboro NC intern

Jodie Geddes, 21, is a student at Guilford College and interned this summer with AFSC in North Carolina.

Since she was a young girl in Brooklyn, Jodie Geddes has experienced how abuses of power play out in schools and on the streets.

Her community members are stopped and frisked by police officers because of their race. She was excluded from certain relationships in school because the culture there didn’t make space for her multi-national identity. In North Carolina, where she’s now a student at Guilford College, she sees how immigrant communities are marginalized by state policies.

Youth leaders participate in AFSC Human Rights Summit

Youth leaders from St. Louis; New Orleans; Greensboro, N.C.: Washington, D.C.; and Logan, W.Va., were hosted by the D.C. Peace and Economic Justice Program for a weeklong Human Rights Summit in Washington in June 2013.

Together the youth explored the U.N. Declaration on Human Rights, conducted research on a human rights issue in their respective community, and helped one another prepare for meetings with their Congressional representatives on Capitol Hill.  

Toward a just foreign policy

What would a just foreign policy look like? In this keynote address to Nebraskans for Peace, Kathleen McQuillen, AFSC Iowa Program Coordinator, explains why human rights at home and around the world must be our base.

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

Where we work

AFSC has offices around the world. To see a complete list see the Where We Work page.

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