- Iraq is a humanitarian catastrophe, with elements far beyond a war and occupation. The country is crippled by sectarian violence, death squads, kidnappings and criminal gangs. Deteriorating basic services, including a collapse of the health care system, lack of electricity and potable water, and personal and economic insecurity, makes orderly daily life for Iraqis nearly impossible. Military blockades and raids, sieges, secret detention centers, and imprisonment without charge or trial have caused many to leave Iraq.
Eyes — and Hearts — Wide Open
When nine Friends in Norman, Oklahoma, took on the challenge of sponsoring an Eyes Wide Open exhibit at Oklahoma University, it opened their eyes – to the possibility of turning their worship group into a full-fledged meeting.
“The display did not bond us,” says Jim Warram, one of the Friends. “It revealed that we were already bonded.”
John and Gail Fletcher, members of the group, had seen the exhibit several years earlier at the Gathering in Blacksburg, Virginia.
Wage Peace is AFSC’s initiative to promote peace over war around the world, waging peace with the same determination and energy that nations wage war. We seek to eliminate U.S. militarism by cutting military spending, acknowledging the impact of war, and promoting conflict prevention as an alternative.
Advocacy and education
On a national level, Wage Peace works to change federal budget priorities, advocating for cuts to the military budget in order to meet human needs both here and abroad. Tools and resources include:
If I Had a Trillion Dollars: Youth aged 10-23 are invited to submit a film to this annual festival about how they would spend federal dollars to benefit their communities.
Invest in People, not the Pentagon action toolkit: A toolkit with everything you need to make sure that vital social programs are preserved and that deep cuts to Pentagon spending are made.
One Minute for Peace: Contribute to AFSC’s campaign to raise $2.2 million for peace—the same amount the U.S. military spends in just one minute.
Windows and Mirrors: Reflections on the War in Afghanistan: Communities can host this traveling mural exhibit, which memorializes Afghan civilian casualties.
Afghanistan 101: Wage Peace’s co-coordinators blog about resources, advocacy, and actions to end the war in Afghanistan.
Work in communities
In communities throughout the United States and abroad, AFSC peace-building programs work locally as part of Wage Peace to coordinate education and advocacy to change federal budget priorities, to highlight human and economic costs of war, to learn from the legacies of war, and to prevent war.