Peace and Economic Justice
The Carolinas Peace and Economic Justice program is a community education and peace building program which builds alliances and support networks to create strategic links engaging those working for peace and alternatives to war and violence. AFSC's commitment to peace and economic justice is based on the Quaker belief in life as sacred and the desire to avoid all violence. AFSC tries to find peaceful solutions to conflicts and differences and to address the root causes of violence. We work toward this goal by
“A very appealing feature of the CFO philosophy is that they never impose an agenda on the workers, but instead respond to needs that workers articulate. They say ‘Always go to the workers with empty hands’—equivalent to our idiom of an open mind.” - Judith Rosenberg, Co-founder of Austin Tan Cerca de la Frontera
AFSC-Austin has supported grassroots initiatives among workers, migrants and activists for over a decade.
AFSC’s Martha Yager (right) with Rep. Margie Smith(left), who was the prime sponsor of a bill which raised New Hampshire’s minimum wage. AFSC’s New Hampshire office helped mobilize community groups to win that victory—and help win a higher federal minimum wage.