Drastic budget cuts in Los Angeles have hit the educational system hard, but with help from AFSC, students at one high school are organizing to mitigate the effects of the crisis.
Lincoln High School in East Los Angeles has lost nearly 40 percent of its teachers and seen class sizes nearly double. Students also are losing the opportunity to learn outside the classroom as supplemental courses are being cut.
Literally building peace from the ground up has brought AFSC’s Los Angeles peace education program special recognition. The program is a recipient of the 2010 Subaru of America Healthy Sprouts Award, one of only 30 selected from over 800 applications.
Children gather on the lawn of the Material Aids warehouse at 110 N. Hudon, Pasadena. In 1953, the AFSC office would move to an adjacent lot at 825 E. Union. Photo: Stanley Hall Steele
1942 AFSC "Southern California Branch" (later to be known as "Pacific Southwest Region") office was established in Pasadena, along with similar regional offices in San Francisco and Seattle. That year, the office moved to 544 E. Orange Grove Blvd., into what was then a small house adjoining Orange Grove Friends Meeting. David E. Henley was Executive Secretary of the Southern California Branch until 1946.
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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