Let Your Life Speak is a project of AFSC Friends Relations. Quakers have an incredible history and legacy of action and service work, and that work continues to be borne out within Meetings and individual Friends across the county. AFSC grounds its work in Quaker testimonies and practices to do work for peace with justice work within the world.
Crystal Gonzalez is the Director of AFSC’s Roots for Peace Program in Los Angeles. Prior to joining AFSC in 2010 she had 10 years of experience as an organizer and educator in the Los Angeles area. I interviewed Crystal about her life and values and how she lives those out in her work with the Roots for Peace program. The following is edited excerpts of our conversation. - Genevieve
In September 2015, AFSC youth advocates attended the Our Children Our Future Policy Summit.
Destiny, a student leader from Boone County, shared her story as a young person with big dreams and determination to further her education. She received a very warm response from the crowd, and spoke with many afterwards who were moved and inspired by her courage. In her words:
"We as a nation must undergo a radical revolution of values….When machines and computers, profit motives and property rights are considered more important than people, the giant triplets of racism, extreme materialism and militarism are incapable of being conquered.” ~Martin Luther King, Jr. April 4, 1967
Kansas City Area School and Youth Groups are Invited to take advantage of powerful opportunity for youth development and leadership
AFSC's Youth Civic Engagement work in Kansas City had a great year and we are looking for groups to collaborate with for programs for 2014-2015. Our goal is to provide creative ways for youth to learn about issues important to them and out community and to speak out for positive nonviolent social change!
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.