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Chicago intern describes her work and motivation

In this three-minute video, Jessica Alaniz, an intern with AFSC Chicago's Youth Peacebuilding and Justice Program, describes her work with AFSC and her motivation for it. Jessica will be among several AFSC young people attending the 13th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates on October 21-23 in Warsaw, Poland.

UTCC Voice July 2013

Fayez Khozindar

Fayez Khozindar

Fayez Khozindar is Chair of the United Taxidrivers Community Council.

The July 2013 issue of the UTCC Voice, the newsletter of the United Taxidrivers Community Council in Chicago, has a number of good articles, including a story about five more drivers finding victory through UTCC's Lease Overcharge campaign.

AFSC is a community ally of UTCC.

T-shirts available from youth working with AFSC in Chicago

AFSC's Chicago area youth program has received a sizable donation of t-shirts, and our youth have learned screen printing. So we are open for business if you have a need for printed t-shirts. 

The t-shirts are organic, cotton and fair trade. Colors vary. Mostly white and natural, but some red, green, blue and red. All sizes.

In addition, we have some quantities of navy and white hoodies and natural and white sweatshirts. We also have large organic cotton tote bags to print on. 

We are best at one color printing but can also do multiple colors.

Chicago Youth Peace Building and Justice 2013

Darlene and Jesus

Jesus (right), pictured here with Darlene, created a list of scholarships in Illinois that don’t require a Social Security number, which means that undocumented students can apply. He’s considering a law career, but for now he’s getting a wealth of experience in understanding individuals’ interactions with the legal system.

What do you get when you mix art and activism (along with some grout)? "Artivism," that's what. AFSC's Youth Peace Building and Justice Program, directed by Darlene Gramigna, is helping students make beautiful goods and changes in their lives and the life of their community. These photos tell the story.

More opportunities for undocumented students in Chicago

AFSC's Youth Peace Building and Justice Program are assisting undocumentd students in four Chicago Public Schools as they fill out their Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals forms. Many students and families of immigrant youth have been uncertain of the risks and the costs connected to applying for DACA status.

To date, the program has assisted over 50 youth and family members with applications and trained five college interns to assist at the school. The medical program coordinator at one high school expressed her appreciation in the following e-mail:

Taxi drivers deserve justice

Taxi drivers in Chicago deserve a living wage and protection against lease overcharges according to Fayez Khozindar, program director for AFSC Chicago Taxi Worker Organizing and UTCC Chicago -- the United Taxidrivers Community Council.

Mosaic hearts available for Valentine's Day

The Mosaic Coop of AFSC Chicago's Youth Peace Building and Justice program has been working hard creating a Valentine's Day treat. They are combining their craft of a beautiful mosaic heart and fair trade chocolate. So for $20 plus shipping, we can send one your way. The proceeds will go towards a scholarship fund for undocumented college students at a local high school. 

To get your Valentines Day heart and chocolate, contact Darlene Gramigna.

The struggle for equal opportunity in Chicago

It takes time, collaboration, and work on many levels to bring real change.

But Darlene Gramigna and Jesus Palafox know that the complexity of the work ahead doesn’t mean it’s not worth struggling for a better way.

In three decades on different fronts of the city’s struggle for social justice, Darlene has learned that Chicago is a place where “people will fight right back” against oppression.

2012 Counter-Summit for Peace & Economic Justice Final Report

The May 18-19, 2012 Counter-Summit for Peace and Economic Justice, held in Chicago at the People’s Church was extraordinarily successful.  The conference - initiated by the American Friends Service Committee and Peace Action and organized in collaboration with 38 partner organizations - brought together 300+ peace, economic and social justice leaders and activists from 27 states and 16 countries. 

Counter-Summit for Peace and Justice: Chicago May 18 & 19

Counter-Summit

While NATO meets in Chicago, peace and justice activists will gather at the Counter-Summit for Peace and Justice.

While NATO meets in Chicago, peace and justice activists will gather at the Counter-Summit for Peace and Justice  to map an alternative path towards a world free of war, want, and occupations.

 

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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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