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Change Makers

Change Makers

Our world desperately needs change. It needs more peaceful means for resolving violent conflict. It needs societies and structures that recognize the dignity of every person. It needs more community—where people gather to increase their strength, vision, wisdom, skills, and creativity—and less division.

BUT, change cannot happen unless courageous and committed men and women take upon themselves the difficult, “on-the-ground” work to effect change. And that won’t happen unless AFSC (and like-minded groups) provide change makers all the support we possibly can.

Today, AFSC works tirelessly for those who dare to speak up for change and strive to make a better world one person and one community at a time. Change makers like these:

 Adamou Mohammed changemaker
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Adamou Mohammed

Adamou came to the U.S. 14 years ago from the West African country of Niger in hopes of earning a college degree. He settled in Greensboro, North Carolina, because it had a strong Nigerien community. Nonetheless, Adamou felt the pain of racial prejudice and rejection, and chose to do something about it.

Lynette Kamadi changemaker
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Lynette Kamadi

As a teenager in Kenya, Lynette become involved in AFSC’s Alternatives to Violence Program (AVP) and was chosen to take part as an AFSC delegate in the Global Youth Peace Indaba, held in the fall of 2014 in Cape Town, South Africa.

Jim Matlack changemaker
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Jim Matlack

Jim Matlack has led a long, fascinating life seeking to practice his "Quaker values" in everyday settings and in response to current-issue controversies.

Lupe Lopez
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Lupe Lopez

Lupe left her tightknit family in Chiapas, Mexico to work in Denver and send money home to her family. After she was arrested for being undocumented, she attended nonviolent direct action trainings from AFSC and has become a gifted leader in Denver, helping to stop deportations.

Jelani Brown changemaker
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Jelani Brown

A graphic designer by training, Jelani today serves as an organizer with AFSC’s Youth Undoing Institutional Racism (YUIR) program in St. Louis, committed to promoting meaningful and sustained youth engagement in society.

Nawal Musleh changemaker
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Nawal Musleh

Nawal also has been active in creating a new social-justice campaign called No Way to Treat a Child whose mission is to call attention to the hundreds of Palestinian children – most of them accused of throwing stones – who are prosecuted and detained by the Israeli army each year.

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Please consider giving a special gift of $100 by June 30th, in recognition of AFSC’s nearly 100 years of building peace!