Canvassing Peace offers a a kaleidoscope of artists' perspectives on the meaning of peace,democracy, community, social identity, and the impact of wars past and present on the human psyche. Nine uniquely expressive artists explore the range of emotion generated during the arduous journey to social justice and the bureaucracies and barriers to peace encountered along the way.
In our attempt to build strong partnership with local organizations working along the Kenya and Somalia border and in South and Central Somalia, a capacity building training for eight (8) organizations on project/ financial management and leadership/ good governance was held.
In November, AFSC Iowa organized a statewide speaking tour for Daoud Nassar, a Palestinian Christian pacifist whose “Tent of Nations” group nonviolently struggles for land rights for Palestinians. AFSC’s “Organize the Hope” fellows at Central College in Pella used the Nassar tour as their kick-off event to engage students in their campus organizing efforts. The room overflowed with students and community members.
The Help Increase the Peace (HIP) program was developed by the American Friends Service Committee staff in Syracuse, New York, in 1991 as a youth-oriented program to address the epidemic of violence in schools. HIP is based on the conviction that nonviolence and participation in our communities can better each of us and our world.
Workshops focus on three themes: options to violence; dealing with racism, prejudices, and our differences; and the belief that we can each participate in our communities to bring about positive social change.
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.