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Telling the AFSC story of change

"Swords into Ploughshares," written by Mary Hoxie Jones, was the first comprehensive history of AFSC's work and values. Mary was instrumental in ensuring the safe preservation of the organization's rich history.

Evacuating children from war

Alice Resch and Mary Elmes risked their lives to evacuate children from Nazi-occupied France to the United States. Their correspondence illustrates both women's steadfast commitment to the safety of dozens of children threatened with internment.

Cementing Mexcian-US Friendship

This is a silent film documenting an AFSC service project in 1939, in which students from 11 colleges helped build a school on a Mexican communal farm.

Experiment at Work: Penn-Craft Work Camp

Silent documentary about an AFSC service project in 1939, working with unemployed miners and their families in the coal fields of Fayette County, Pennsylvania.

1940 Work Camp Brochure

Brochure of American Friends Service Committee Work Camp from 1940.

In a Time of Broken Bones

Published in 2001, this booklet by Katherine Whitlock made a call for dialogue on hate related violence and hate crimes legislation.  In her acknowledgements Kay wrote: "The publication of this Justice Visions working paper on hate violence reflects the deep spiritual and social commitment of the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) to address the root causes, and not only the most visible symptoms, of hatred, intolerance, and violence."

Speak Truth to Power

Speak Truth to Power was published by AFSC in 1955.  This is a scan of the original publication from AFSC's archives and includes a historical note added in 2012 regarding Bayard Rustin.

AFSC Support of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) People

AFSC helps nurture the emergence of a new LGBT movement that resists the U.S. government’s perpetual “war on terrorism” and challenges militarism. We believe that LGBT anti-violence work must expand to include the violence of the state. We place our work for LGBT rights and recognition within an international human rights framework and draw on the historic Quaker witness for peace.

AFSC in History: Martin Luther King, Jr.

When Martin Luther King, Jr., was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964, it was greeted with much satisfaction by those associated with the American Friends Service Committee. For one thing, the AFSC had nominated him for the prize, a privilege of all former recipients. For another thing, AFSC had many connections with the great man in the fifties and sixties, and its social action during that time was interwoven with the Civil Rights Movement.

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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