AFSC celebrates the Supreme Court decisions to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act and to return marriage equality to California, major milestones in the movement for equal protection of lesbian and gay couples.
On Tuesday, June 25, 2013, when much of the nation’s attention was focused on the Supreme Court’s landmark voting rights ruling, the court also ruled on a major case concerning the preservation of the Indian Child Welfare Act. AFSC and many faith groups weighed in as friends of the court, recommending the preservation of the act.
By striking down Section 4 of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, the Supreme Court threatens making second-class citizens of many, especially people of color. The Voting Rights Act has been crucial in giving the federal government the ability to keep discriminatory voting laws from going into effect.
The Des Moines Chapter of Women's International League for Peace and Freedom is leading the organizing work to build momentum for a constitutional amendment overturning the January 2010 Supreme Court ruling that corporations are persons. The goal is to challenge corporate power and assert the people's rights.
Andy Carl, executive director of Conciliation Resources has written an opinion piece on the recent Supreme Court opinion allowing the government to press terrorism related charges against those teaching peaceful conflict resolution and mediation to terrorists. Many organizations, including AFSC, have spent many years working for peace in areas of conflict, and believes that peace must include dialog with all parties.
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.