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North Carolina Peace and Economic Justice Program

North Carolina Peace and Economic Justice Program

The North Carolina Peace and Economic Justice Program helps identify and counteract discrimination, trauma, and violence toward groups and individuals, specifically youth of color. The program creates a safe space where young people can share personal and cultural stories. This form of social connectivity develops and enhances critical thinking, active listening, communication and social leadership. The work uplifts minds to seek peaceful and innovative solutions to local problems.

The North Carolina State Legislature’s approach to education, voting rights, economic sustainability, poverty, healthcare and the criminal justice system perpetuate institutional inequality. This approach oppresses, marginalizes and restricts the most vulnerable--young people, women, people of color and poor people. We work to build a community of young people working for social peace and economic justice through grassroots advocacy projects. We identify local problems and uplift peaceful alternatives in order to influence local decision makers and raise economic equality. Below you can read articles and access resources relating to the program's work.

Reflections on the War in Afghanistan
Windows and Mirrors NC

Windows and Mirrors: Reflections on the War in Afghanistan is a traveling mural exhibit that makes a powerful statement on a nearly invisible reality. Learn more about how the North Carolina Peace and Economic Justice Program used the exhibit to promote peace. 

Building a community in the face of discrimination

Since she was a young girl in Brooklyn, Jodie Geddes has experienced how abuses of power play out in schools and on the streets.

Reflections from NC delegation to AFSC Human Rights Summit in Washington, DC

Jodie Geddes and Alex Garrison, both Guilford College students in Greensboro, NC, joined 15 other young people in Washington DC to attend AFSC’s first Human Rights Summit June 24-28, 2013. 

AFSC joins "Mega Moral Monday" protest at NC General Assembly

On June 3rd, AFSC-NC organized fourteen staff, interns and members of the New Garden Friends Meeting to travel to Raleigh to  join 1,600 others to rally outside the North Carolina Legislature. The rally was the fifth “Moral Monday” organized by the North Carolina NAACP, to protest the regressive agenda being pushed through by the radically conservative legislature that cuts access to public education, health care, other social programs, and restricts voting rights. 

Carolinas office honored with award from NC Peace Action

In May, Peace Action presented AFSC with its 2013 Peacemaker Award, citing AFSC’s outstanding work educating the public about the war in Afghanistan, as well as AFSC’s work to educate the general public about the costs to people in the U.S. because of the bloated Pentagon budget.

students in front of laptops
College should be affordable for everyone, argues student

As a college student who grew up on a military base and in a southern town, 22-year old Daphne Hines has a unique perspective on the world.

NC intern creates photographic exhibit with immigrant youth

Haejin Song, a senior at The Early College at Guilford, recently held an exhibit highlighting students from the Doris Henderson Newcomers School. During the past two years, Haejin has invested her time working with students at this school as a mentor and tutor.

Windows and Mirrors Panel
Humanizing the cost of war

As Democratic delegates gather in Charlotte, N.C. to weigh in on their political party’s platform for the next four years, a silent cadre of Afghan faces will ask them to consider the people affected by those policies.

Fund Schools not War
From NC Peace Action: Tax Day Report

NC Peace Action helped organize a very active presence in Chapel Hill with John Heuer and an SDS student speaking, entertainment by the Raging Grannies and Sacrificial Poets, and smaller groups at two sites in Raleigh. 

Carolina Theater March 14
Hundreds converge in Greensboro: a community facing a foreclosure crisis!

Drum beats and chanting filled the air as dozens of protesters marched from Washington Street to their final destination at The Carolina Theater. There they converged with an eager crowd of supporters to celebrate the premier of a locally produced short film, “Let’s Lose Our House: A Modern Foreclosure Tale.”

Matthew Hoh Speaks in Raleigh
February 20, 2012: Bring The War Dollars Home: Raleigh

The Town Hall Meeting in Raleigh, February 20th, brought together 150 peace advocates to send the message for a need to reorder our priorities.  We need to “Bring Our War Dollars Home and Restore Our Communities.“

Women and Islam: Feminism and Interfaith Relationships

An AFSC Intern reflects on Esse Quam Videri: Muslim Self Portraits and the Women and Islam panel discussion.

Former U.S. strategist speaks in Greensboro, NC on bringing war dollars home

The community forum titled “Bring our War Dollars Home” encouraged citizens of North Carolina to urge their legislatures to spend tax dollars more wisely. 

Occupy Greensboro at New Garden Friends Meeting

AFSC members and other volunteers took part in an Occupy Greensboro presentation last week at New Garden Friends Meeting. The presentation focused upon the history of the Occupy Together movement and other grassroots movements across the globe, motivations for participation in the movement, and non-violent influences.

making peace flags
Peace Day in Greensboro

For AFSC’s Area Office of the Carolinas, this year’s Peace Day was much more than a one-day ceasefire. Peace, for us, rather than an absence of violence, is about building community through cultural sharing, celebrating diversity, and developing personal relationships based on respect and trust.

Annah Awartani
Bringing Communities Together in Greensboro, NC

Last Tuesday, the Greensboro community gathered for a screening of “Hawo’s Dinner Party.” This 30-minute adaptation of documentary Welcome to Shelbyville revolves around religious and cultural tensions in a small town in Tennessee, and the beginnings of change brought on by personal interactions shared over a meal.

Peace and Economic Justice Newsletter

The Peace and Economic Justice E-NEWSLETTER serves as a source of information on AFSC actions and activities for those in our community interested in peace work.

Vengeance Belongs to G-d

This article, written by Max Carter, reflects on the death of Osama Bin Laden and the destructive nature of the war on terror. Max Carter is the Director of Friends Center at Guilford College.

Reflections on HKonJ

The words of the Reverend Dr. William J. Barber, II echoed through the crowd of anywhere from 2,500 to 3,000 attending the Historic HK on J (Historic Thousands on Jones Street) in downtown Raleigh. Several American Friends Service Committee staff, interns, and supporters attended the 5th annual march on the state capitol.

Peace: Guilford College students design peace mural

As part of its commitment to seeing peace in Afghanistan and the Middle East, AFSC launched the Paint for Peace project. In Greensboro, Guilford College interns from the Center for Principled Problem Solving helped put together four murals for the national project.  

Thanks for making our MLK Volunteer Day for Haiti a huge success!

On January 18th, AFSC's Greensboro office held a volunteer day to make disaster relief kits for Haiti. Thanks to the enormous turnout we had, it was a huge success!