Reflection and action guide for reducing local violence
This handbook is a tool to help community leaders implement urban peace-building programs.
The lessons here are particularly relevant to contested spaces in multi-cultural contexts, where people are suffering oppression from different forces, such as criminal groups, political tensions, economic exclusion, discrimination, etc. Most of these urban zones are also inhabited by people living under poverty and extreme poverty, like most marginal urban neighborhoods in Latin America and the Caribbean.
As a response to a growing trend of violent crimes, kidnappings and scandals in relation to police complicity with crime and violence, AFSC through its partner in Mexico City, Alianza Cívica, works with communities in contributing to improve the police. The objective is to transform the police from being violent against the citizens to becoming an honest, reliable police force, protective of and accountable to civic society.
The video shows activities of the project “The Police We Want.”
This article exploring the connection between unionism in Mexico and the U.S. was written by Leslie Cunningham, a volunteer with the Austin Tan Cerca de la Frontera program of AFSC in Austin. The piece was used as a reading for ATCF delegates who just went to the border on our May delegation.
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 office around the world. To see a complete list see the Where We Work page.