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Northampton, MA

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.

Cambodia

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. 

Cambridge, MA

The Cambridge office serves as the main administrative hub for the Northeast region. It also houses four of AFSC’s programs:

The Healing and Transformative Justice Program works with survivors of crime, those convicted of crime, and their families and communities.

The Material Assistance Program (MAP) gives clothing and basic house goods to people in need in the Greater Boston area.

The Peace and Economic Security Program (PES) works for nuclear abolition, coordinates international peace building efforts, and advocates for peace here at home.

Project Voice advocates for better immigration policies, educates immigrants and low wage workers about their rights, and organizes a host of related community campaigns.

In addition, our Cambridge-based New England Regional Office coordinates the efforts of our New Hampshire, Western Massachusetts and South East New England programs, all of which engage their regions in a variety of peace and justice efforts, and our Wabanaki program, which works for justice and healing in Maine’s Native communities.

AFSC’s Video and Film Lending Library is also located in Cambridge.

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