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What is economic justice?

Rick Wilson

Rick Wilson speaks to a crowd

Rick Wilson gives visiting students a presentation on West Virginia politics, energy policy, and social and economic justice.

The coordinator of AFSC’s West Virginia Economic Justice project writes about what economic justice means, why it matters, and what you can do.  

Martha Gwyn, a lifetime contributor

Born to a Quaker family in an Indiana house that had been a station on the Underground Railroad, Martha Gwyn heard mention of AFSC in her formative years. But her personal involvement really started in the 1940s when she was a student at Earlham College.

“The work camp movement made a big impression on me,” Martha says. “It accomplished things. It made friends. It contributed to a community in nearly every case. It did lots of things.”

Reader’s guide: Economics matters

Mired in the “economic crisis,” people around the world are calling for just and sustainable economic policies at the local, national, and global levels. Members of AFSC’s program staff recommend these resources to help you understand the complex issues and imagine a more humane economic order.

You may order many of the books listed here through Quakerbooks.org.

Solidarity messages cross Gaza border

The siege and blockade of Gaza has cut off its residents from the outside world for more than five years.

So when a call went out asking AFSC staff to send messages of solidarity to colleagues and participants in the Palestine Youth Program, many jumped at the chance. Among them were students at Lincoln High School and staff from the Los Angeles Peace Education Program.

Budget cuts, healthier communities the focus for Los Angeles students

Drastic budget cuts in Los Angeles have hit the educational system hard, but with help from AFSC, students at one high school are organizing to mitigate the effects of the crisis.

Lincoln High School in East Los Angeles has lost nearly 40 percent of its teachers and seen class sizes nearly double. Students also are losing the opportunity to learn outside the classroom as supplemental courses are being cut.

Quaker Action Fall 2012

What really strengthens communities? And what does seeking economic justice look like in the communities where AFSC works?

In this issue of Quaker Action, you will find many stories of how we work with communities struggling for economic security and how we support people in developing their own means to sustain themselves and overcome injustice.

Holistic teaching methods benefit children and communities in Myanmar

Myanmar monastic school children

New teaching techniques encourage students to ask questions and think critically about what they are learning.

See more pictures from our work in Myanmar.

Changing hearts and minds in Washington, D.C.

Milca Kouame in DC

Milca Kouame meeting with White House staff

AFSC staff member Jessica Roach looks on as Milca Kouame speaks at the White House Domestic Policy Council.

AFSC’s tradition of bringing constituents to meet face-to-face with lawmakers is providing a beacon of hope for change within a frustrating political climate in Washington, D.C.

Quaker Action Summer 2012

Quaker Action Summer 2012

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This issue of Quaker Action is filled with stories of the transformative power of programs and projects that build lasting peace with justice. The participants in these programs and projects understand nonviolence is not only the ethical choice; it is the method that works best.

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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