Quaker Action Fall 2013

Training program in North Galkayo, Somalia

<p>In Somalia, Zacaria Said Ali Abdirahman,&nbsp;15, learns about electrical&nbsp;installation.</p>

In Somalia, Zacaria Said Ali Abdirahman, 15, learns about electrical installation.

There is no “them”

The U.S. can be a force for the common good—if we invest in peaceful ends to conflict and adopt restorative alternatives to healing a broken world.

In the fall issue of Quaker Action, learn about policies from Somalia to the West Bank that currently perpetuate instability—and approaches that make all of us safer.

None of us is safe until all of us are safe

IHTD icebreaker

Young filmmakers at the 2013 If I Had a Trillion Dollars national film festival in Washington. Watch 2014’s official selections at afsc.org/trillion-dollars.

Overseas and at home, our fate is connected with the fate of others. War-making and drone strikes create new enemies, making our country less safe, not safer, says General Secretary Shan Cretin in her opening letter.

In Somalia, U.S. counterterrorism laws are counterproductive

Electrical training

Young men ages 14 to 26 took part in an electrical installation training in Israac Village.

Young men and women coming of age now in Somalia have never known a time without civil war. Alissa Wilson looks at how some are ending the cycle of violence—and what the U.S. can do to support, instead of hinder, their efforts.

Billions in military aid failed to bring peace to Israel-Palestine

Um Ali's grandchild

A child in the West Bank village of Touba.

Violence has not brought peace to Israel and Palestine, and the threat of violence—supported financially by the U.S.—has only exacerbated the conflict. Our Middle East staff talks with Israelis and Palestinians about how they feel the impact of U.S. military aid in their daily lives.

A closer look: U.S. aid to Israel and the Palestinian Authority

Israelis, Palestinians, and Americans alike know that the conflict in Palestine and Israel must end—and that the solution is not continued violence. Despite its calls for a non-military end to the conflict, the U.S. continues to fund the militarization of the conflict through the direct and indirect military assistance it provides to the Israeli military and the Palestinian Authority. Take a closer look at the funded programs.

Cultural exchanges, covert meetings made space for peace between U.S. and U.S.S.R.

Laurama Page Pixton in 1970

Laurama, second from right, with Pitsunda seminar participants in 1970.

When we focus on building trust and friendship instead of walls and fortresses, peace and true security are possible. Memories of Laurama Page Pixton’s role in bringing together Americans and Soviets in the midst of the Cold War provide a model of what diplomacy could look like today.

Identity exploration part of youths’ journey to peace in Mekong region

Mekong Peace Journey participants meet on the banks of the Mekong River in July 2012

Mekong Peace Journey

Mekong Peace Journey participants from five countries meet on the banks of the Mekong River bordering Thailand and Laos.

On the banks of the Mekong River in a place where Thailand meets Laos, a group of 25 young people gathered to take part in the Mekong Peace Journey. Rejecting violence and discrimination, they developed a more profound understanding of identity based on love, friendship, and respect for diversity.

Quakers roll out new vision for U.S. foreign policy

Fields of rice seedlings on North Korea farm

AFSC staff walking between beds of rice seedlings at an AFSC partner farm north of Pyongyang, North Korea.

Examples of positive alternatives to war and violence abound in AFSC’s work, but showing policymakers the effectiveness of a “common good” approach to foreign policy is a challenge. A new collaboration between AFSC and FCNL hopes to change that.

Ed Page: Behind-the-scenes champion for peace

Ed Page

In memory of his older sister and her husband, Ed Page created the Laurama Page Pixton and John Pixton Fund to support AFSC's work for peace with justice.

Longtime AFSC supporter Ed Page has promoted peace throughout his life—as a child, brother, and businessman.

News from around AFSC

From the capital cities of West Virginia, the U.S., and North Korea, AFSC programs have had a deep impact in recent months.

Quaker Action Fall 2013 (PDF)

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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 offices around the world. To see a complete list see the Where We Work page.

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