About our work:
AFSC-SENE works on two main themes, which are interwoven: Peacebuilding and Community Justice.
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.
The Baltimore College Peace Network is a network of faculty and students from colleges and universities in the Greater Baltimore area. The Baltimore Urban Peace Program of the American Friends Service Committee coordinates the Network.
The Baltimore College Peace Network works in three areas:
- Peace Studies
- Service Learning
- Reflective Activism
The Baltimore College Peace Network will:
On the 7th anniversary of the US war on Iraq, people of Western MA came together for a vigil, march, and rally on the steps of City Hall.
AFSC's Western Massachusetts program, founded in 1968, focuses on nonviolence training, study courses and dialogues on economic justice, campaigns against U.S. military intervention, and education and action to combat racism, classism, and homophobia.
Western Massachusetts faces problems of growing economic disparity, an increased tendency to scapegoat the poor and other marginalized social groups, a deterioration in public trust in local, state and federal government, along with increased efforts to militarize our economy and our communities.
AFSC seeks to empower communities to confront these problems and find lasting solutions which increase peace and build unity. We use education and community dialogue to make the broader connections between militarism, economic disparity, and violence. We actively promote ways that people can break the cycle of violence which fosters these connections.
Learn more on the Western Massachusetts Program web site.
The peace march begins on the Cambodian side of the border with Thailand.
Established in 1980, AFSC operates its Asia Regional office out of Phnom Penh, Cambodia, providing humanitarian relief, development and peace building initiatives for communities recovering from war and conflict throughout the region.
In Cambodia, AFSC continues to support learning opportunities for local non-governmental organization partners and government officials, and collaborates with various organizations on exchange programs dealing with conflicts related to the environment, foreign investment, civil society building and other peace efforts.
Several of AFSC’s Cambodia programs have evolved into independent local organizations. The local Cambodian NGO, Morodok, for example, became independent of AFSC in 2011, and continues to support community development in Sre Ambel District and surrounding areas in Koh Kong Province. Morodok works to support agricultural, small-business, fisheries and forestry activities that help villagers maintain their families.