AFSC believes that every person has basic rights that include access to education, adequate food and shelter, and freedom from exploitation in the workplace. To that end, we work at the grassroots level to improve living conditions for those in need.
Projects are as varied as vegetable gardens in a blighted Baltimore neighborhood, an informative radio program in Spanish for migrant workers in California who need to know their rights, handbooks on resources available to the homeless on Massachusetts, recovering back pay for factory workers who were “stiffed” by their employer, helping taxi drivers in the Chicago area change local ordinances that affect their livelihoods, or sustaining traditional water rights agreements for family farmers in New Mexico.
As the policy level, AFSC works through its Washington, D.C. office to communicate our positions on legislation with economic ramifications to the Congress. We also bring to senators and representatives voices from minority and often overlooked groups such as undocumented immigrants and Native Americans.