Born to a Quaker family in an Indiana house that had been a station on the Underground Railroad, Martha Gwyn heard mention of AFSC in her formative years. But her personal involvement really started in the 1940s when she was a student at Earlham College.
“The work camp movement made a big impression on me,” Martha says. “It accomplished things. It made friends. It contributed to a community in nearly every case. It did lots of things.”
Mired in the “economic crisis,” people around the world are calling for just and sustainable economic policies at the local, national, and global levels. Members of AFSC’s program staff recommend these resources to help you understand the complex issues and imagine a more humane economic order.
Drastic budget cuts in Los Angeles have hit the educational system hard, but with help from AFSC, students at one high school are organizing to mitigate the effects of the crisis.
Lincoln High School in East Los Angeles has lost nearly 40 percent of its teachers and seen class sizes nearly double. Students also are losing the opportunity to learn outside the classroom as supplemental courses are being cut.
What really strengthens communities? And what does seeking economic justice look like in the communities where AFSC works?
In this issue of Quaker Action, you will find many stories of how we work with communities struggling for economic security and how we support people in developing their own means to sustain themselves and overcome injustice.
This issue of Quaker Action is filled with stories of the transformative power of programs and projects that build lasting peace with justice. The participants in these programs and projects understand nonviolence is not only the ethical choice; it is the method that works best.
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.