American Friends Service Committee’s (AFSC) “If I Could Change the World” Spoken Word project is getting attention all over the Kansas City area. AFSC Program Coordinator Ira Harritt and Peace Interns Joshua Smith, Isabella Fassi, and Pearl Webb, carried out the project to encourage and engage young people in social action. The project was conducted in collaboration with The Writers Place and area spoken word artists.
Dr. Bernard Lafayette, Keynote Speaker for the 4th Annual King Peace Program
The AFSC Southern Regional Office will host its annual Peace Day Program at the King Center highlighting the historical connection between the AFSC and Dr. King’s work in the Civil Rights movement and beyond.
The program will include a social justice marketplace, a keynote speaker and cultural performances that engage the next generation of peacemakers with Dr. King’s message. This year’s speaker, Dr. Bernard Lafayette, shares a unique connection with both the AFSC and the King Center, as a former staff of the AFSC and a member of Dr. King’s inner circle.
Churches, peace organizations and individuals are invited to join a March for Peace and Social Justice on Monday, June 7 at 12:00 noon. The march, is co-sponsored by the United Methodist Conference Board of Church & Society and the Iowa Chapter of Methodist Federation for Social Action (MFSA). Participants will gather at Hy-Vee Hall and walk to Nollen Plaza (approximately four blocks).
Wednesday, March 31, 2010 (All day) - Tuesday, April 20, 2010 (All day)
This far-ranging and rare exhibit brings together historical posters from the 1960's and 70's and recent work by local artists. The posters in this exhibit include iconic work such as War is Not Healthy for Children and other Living Things and Ben Shahn's Stop H Bomb Tests. The posters express popular discontent with America 's wars against Viet Nam , Iraq and Afghanistan ; support popular movements and revolutions in Portugal , Latin America and South Africa ; and call for equal rights and justice for women, children and people of color.
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.
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.
Who we are
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 office around the world. To see a complete list see the Where We Work page.