Peace Garden

Budget cuts, healthier communities the focus for Los Angeles students

With recent budget cuts, Lincoln High School in East Los Angeles has lost nearly 40 percent of its teachers and seen class sizes nearly double. Its students are organizing to mitigate the effects of the crisis. They asked AFSC to help them build a Peace Garden at their school.

Community Garden Grows in Logan

During a week in March 2012, students from the Appalachian Center for Equality's mentoring program at Logan High School and students from  Sandy Spring Friends School worked together tilling the soil, weeding the beds, and planting and watering seeds.  Young children from the Head Start program at Logan PRIDE Community Service visited the garden and were taught by the high school students how to garden.

Peace Garden Doubles in Size, Impact in South LA

Volunteers young and old grabbed hoes and shovels recently to expand both the size and the reach of the Friends Peace Garden in South Los Angeles, a project of the American Friends Service Committee. The expansion was a part of the March 31 “Good Food Day of Service” city wide event, hosted by Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, to  promote healthy eating and equal access to healthy food.

Carlos Gomez, Gardener Extraordinaire

The police took away his shirt, which had three bullet holes. So says Carlos Gomez who survived a shooting outside of his public high school in Los Angeles. He quickly found himself expelled and had to scramble to find another school. Now a senior at Central High School, he’s seen too much of his neighborhood devastated by gang violence, too much prejudice based simply on someone’s neighborhood, too much abandoned property, too much discouragement.

Public Meetings for the Nollen Plaza Peace Garden proposal

Thursday, February 10, 2011 - 11:30am

Peace Garden Rededication in Des Moines

Eloise Cranke and Chet Guinn stand by the rededicated Peace Garden in Nollen Pla

Eloise Cranke and Chet Guinn stand by the rededicated Peace Garden in Nollen Plaza in Des Moines. Eloise is a former AFSC regional director who works with the Methodist Federation for Social Action. Chet Guinn is a retired Methodist pastor who has led efforts to revitalize the Peace Garden.

 Time: 11:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

The long awaited revised plan for Nollen Plaza  designed by New York architect Ken Smith for the Greater Des Moines Civic Center will be unveiled for public response at two identical meetings at 11:30 am and 4:30 pm in the Stoner Theater:

http://www.civiccenter.org/about_us/stoner_studio_theater.php

Los Angeles Friends Peace Gardens Program Honored

Literally building peace from the ground up has brought AFSC’s Los Angeles peace education program special recognition. The program is a recipient of the 2010 Subaru of America Healthy Sprouts Award,  one of only 30 selected from over 800 applications.

Des Moines Rededicates its Peace Garden

On a cool and drizzly September Sunday recently, over 100 people came together for an interfaith service for peace.

Peace Garden Rededication in Des Moines

Eloise Cranke and Chet Guinn stand by the rededicated Peace Garden in Nollen Pla

Eloise Cranke and Chet Guinn stand by the rededicated Peace Garden in Nollen Plaza in Des Moines. Eloise is a former AFSC regional director who works with the Methodist Federation for Social Action. Chet Guinn is a retired Methodist pastor who has led efforts to revitalize the Peace Garden.

Interfaith Service for Peace

Sunday, September 19, 2010 - 4:00pm

You are Cordially Invited to a service of song and readings, sharing and reflection.
(Annual interfaith service coinciding with peace observances and sacred seasons for many faith traditions, and this year also coinciding with International Peace Day.)
 
(Rain site:  Capital Square, 400 Locust)
Who:      All are welcome.  You are invited, and you are encouraged to spread the word and bring others. The service will be welcoming to people of any faith tradition.

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

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