Following months of planning, the Pittsburgh Student Activist Coalition (PghSAC) is gaining traction and seeing exciting outcomes. PghSAC is a coalition of organizations that have youth-driven programs around social change and social justice. Founding members include AFSC PA, Three Rivers Community Foundation, and Pittsburgh Cares. Two youth representatives from each participating organization serve on the coalition. Youth representatives from AFSC include the Meeting’s own Wesley Peters, a junior at CAPA, and Joan Mukogosi, a junior at Winchester Thurston.
Angelina Winbush at the Nobel Laureate Peace conference on Warsaw
Angelina Winbush as a former member of the American Friends Service Committee’s (AFSC) Racial Justice Through Human Rights youth group had the opportunity to be part of the Nobel Peace Laureate summit in Warsaw Poland in September of this year. Angelina is a first year student at Allegheny College studying global health. Here are some of her reflections on the experience.
The American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) PA Racial Justice Through Human Rights youth group has spent a great deal of time considering this issue. Why a trillion dollars? That is how much was spent on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Money that was not available to us for domestic needs.
While visiting West Virginia State University, BAPS youth leadership group also had the opportunity to participate in the Junior Master Gardening workshop with WVSU Extension Office. At the training we learned how to conduct hands-on learning activities for teaching gardening knowledge and skills to people young and old alike. We will use what we learned to conduct our own trainings in the community garden this summer.
Wallen Calistin leads a network of 20 to 30-year-old people who are working to bring about a culture of peace in Haiti, starting with their own neighborhood.
In his Port-au-Prince, Haiti neighborhood, 22-year-old Wallen Calistin is known as a peacemaker.
Patient, tolerant, and shy, as a young boy he struggled with how to communicate with his friends and neighbors in one of the most vulnerable parts of one of the world’s most dangerous countries, where a long history of structural inequalities and political upheaval has spawned a culture of violence. He could see a path to a more peaceful way of life, but bringing others along on that journey proved to be his biggest challenge.
As the West Virginia Economic Justice Project addresses prison overcrowding on a policy level, the Appalachian Center for Equality Youth Leadership Program explores the racial and economic injustices of the prison industrial complex and the impact this has on their lives.
New Orleans youth are crying out for a stop to violence! Our response to this outcry is “The Second Annual Peace is Power Giant Puppet Parade” organized by The American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) in partnership with The Leona Tate Foundation, O. Perry Walker High School, Be Creative Studios and Skookum Productions. The parade was held on Saturday September 17, 2011 from 5-8pm at Duncan Plaza across from New Orleans City Hall.
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 offices around the world. To see a complete list see the Where We Work page.