The Occupy Wall St. protests have shaken the nation over the last few weeks, confronting the cornerstone of corporate greed on Wall St. in Manhattan, while inspiring solidarity protests in thousands of cities across the country, and even the world.
Our recent community discussion and film screening of “Hawo’s Dinner Party” received so many RSVPs, and started so many rich conversations, that this past Tuesday, Oct 11, we hosted a repeat of the same event. Allowing those who had been waitlisted a first chance to grab a seat, and then expanding to invite ESOL students, and leaders within the religious community, the group was composed of families from different traditions.
This is the English version of a new booklet produced by AFSC staff in North Carolina and collaborators for immigrants, including rights at home, in the car, at work and in detention. Most of the information should apply to people across the U.S., but the phone numbers are NC specific.
Jihye Choi, an international student from South Korea studying at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, served as a summer intern at AFSC's Area Office of the Carolinas in 2011. She made this video sharing her personal views about war and peace in Korea and exposeing the lasting impact of war. Our office debuted the video on International Peace Day in September 2011. Warning: Some of the images are graphic and may not be appropriate for children.
An immigrant herself, Djenie Danjoint is an AFSC intern working on immigrants’ rights. Her mother allowed her to leave her native Haiti in a burst of hope for better opportunities for her daughter. Having to adjust to a new country and culture has influenced Djenie’s project choice. She works with immigrant communities in Charlotte creating 2-3 minute movies that tell individual stories. “I helped to write the stories and figured out what audiences needed to know [about the immigrant experience].”
NC protests Arizona’s racial profiling bill SB 1070 on July 29
North Carolinians stepped up to express their opposition to Arizona’s racial profiling law on July 29, the day that controversial SB 1070 was set to be implemented. AFSC supported actions in three NC cities: Charlotte, Greensboro and Raleigh. Read on for descriptions and press coverage of each event.
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
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 office around the world. To see a complete list see the Where We Work page.