Great work is happening across the South Region! From dismantling destructive narratives surrounding mass incarceration, to expanding free school meals for kids, to addressing deepseated issues in New Orleans through and past Hurricane Katrina's 10th anniversary, we support our programs in their mission for peace.
Samaritan’s Purse site manager Wayne Shoemaker (center) and director Todd Taylor (right) with AFSC Greensboro staff member Toni Etheridge.
A string of half a dozen Southern Black churches burned days after nine African American worshippers were gunned down during bible service at Emmanuel A.M.E. Church in Charleston, South Carolina. The alleged individual responsible for the shooting, a 21-year-old white male, reportedly wanted to start a race war. Previous news reports like this one question reliable linkage to hate crimes. A few of the fires were ruled arson after an investigation. One fire hit close to home: Briar Creek Road Baptist church in Charlotte, North Carolina fell victim to arson.
Laughter, learning, and leadership lobbying filled AFSC’s 2015 If I Had a Trillion Dollars national youth film festival, which was held in Washington, D.C. for its fifth year. Young people from other AFSC office locations joined in to attend a four-day advocacy experience.
In January, AFSC staff and youth from across the South Region led protests and a national panel discussion to confront the issue of police violence and militarization in the United States.
Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday served as the launch date for SOAR (South Organizing Against Racism), which inspired youth-led events in over 15 cities including Baltimore, Washington, D.C., Greensboro, Miami and New Orleans.
Since fall of 2013, AFSC’s North Carolina office has worked with diverse immigrant communities across Greensboro on a project to make the city more welcoming and inclusive. One year later, challenges persist, but the grassroots work is paying off and we are seeing progress: the city unanimously passed a Welcoming Greensboro resolution in April 2014, the Human Relations Commission appointed an immigrant member in October 2014, and an AFSC staff member is chairing a working group to re-develop the city’s International Advisory Committee.
Following the City Council’s unanimous passage on April 14, 2014 of a resolution declaring Greensboro a Welcoming City to immigrants and refugees, the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) and the Welcoming Greensboro Committee have released a 50-page report on the Welcoming Greensboro Initiative. The report details the challenges faced by the city’s immigrant communities and provides comprehensive recommendations for steps to improve equal access to opportunity for all city residents.
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AFSC has offices around the world. To see a complete list see the Where We Work page.