Global economic justice is the bedrock of a peaceful world. As an organization long committed to achieving peace and justice, the American Friends Service Committee commissioned this report to stimulate reflection and discussion among the Service Committee, the Religious Society of Friends, and the wider community in order to advance the structural changes needed to build a just global economy - an economy founded on respect for inherent dignity and equal rights.
New Orleans Peace Building & Economic Justice Project
Effort underway to re-open Circle Food Store
Fresh bell peppers, Eater candy and school uniforms are synonymous with the iconic and now shuttered Circle Food Store which sits at the corner of N. Claiborne and St. Bernard Avenues. For 87 years the Circle store has served as one stop shopping experience for the 7th Ward neighborhood. It was also the only Black owned grocery in New Orleans.
The AFSC Los Angeles Peace Education Program offers Human Rights resources, training and professional development for K-12 educators. Each year, our office facilitates a Human Rights Education workshop for Los Angeles United School District (LAUSD) teachers through the United Teachers of Los Angeles salary-point system.
The martial arts have had a profound influence both on Rick Wilson’s life, and his work for social and economic justice during the past twenty years. Rick, area director of the Middle Atlantic Region’s West Virginia Economic Justice Project, has been a student of classical martial arts since he was a teenager. “I found a small hole-in-wall school that taught traditional Japanese-Okinawan karate. It was like a combination of boot camp and high-church ritual, physically and ethically demanding.”
West Virginia Economic Justice works in partnership with a host of organizations and individuals, including the WV Council of Churches, the state AFL-CIO and member unions, Service Employees International Union, the WV Welfare Reform Coalition, WV Coalition Against Domestic Violence, WV Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers; the Legislative Action Team for Children and Families, Direct Action Welfare Group, WV Interfaith Center on Public Policy, West Virginians United, WV Citizen Action Group, the media, policy makers, public agencies, educational institutions, the Center on
In the grip of the Great Depression, as 89 percent of Lincoln County residents struggled to survive on meager relief payments and 6,000 children in McDowell County could not go to school because they didn’t have clothing, West Virginia’s democratic governors resisted federal initiatives aimed at stimulating the economy.
In An Appalachian New Deal: West Virginia in the Great Depression, Jerry B. Thomas relates how Gov. Guy Kump spoke out against a national “spending orgy” as he withdrew rural road projects, reduced relief rolls and slashed payments for desperate families.
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