AFSC Toward Peace & Justice

AFSC Toward Peace & Justice

In This Issue:

- Help tsunami survivors in South Asia
- Wage Peace Campaign update
- Listen up: Audio presentations now online
- New resources on Colombia's civil war
- Gardening project in Bosnia/Herzegovina continues to thrive
- A Quaker perspective on the global economy


Help tsunami survivors in South Asia

On Friday, AFSC approved an additional emergency grant of
$143,597 to field three more Indonesian medical teams in Aceh
Province through March. AFSC staff members Bob Clarke and
Patricia DeBoer report by phone from Indonesia that they
continue to be impressed with the work of our Indonesian
partner, the Society for Health, Education, Environment,
and Peace (SHEEP).

During the next few months of immediate relief work, AFSC
and SHEEP will concentrate our work on the area around the
coastal city of Meulaboh. The coastal city was the closest
major city to the earthquake's epicenter and perhaps the
hardest hit. Approximately 43,000 of the area's 200,000
inhabitants were killed in the tsunami.

For updates or donations:


Wage Peace Campaign update

Iraq Peace Petition passes 10,000 signatures &
Wage Peace bracelet lets the pro-peace majority show its colors.

In its first weeks, more than 10,000 people have signed AFSC's
petition calling for withdrawal from Iraq-8,000 of them online.
The petition will be a key piece of AFSC's national campaign
calling for an immediate U.S. withdrawal from Iraq.

Click here to sign the peace petition:

A second thing you can do is wear AFSC's Wage Peace bracelet.
The blue bracelet is a visible way to let the pro-peace majority
show its support for ending the war. Proceeds from the bracelet
will fund AFSC peace projects, such as the nationally acclaimed
Eyes Wide Open Exhibit.

Click here to get the bracelet:


Listen up: Audio presentations now online

Listen to a riveting talk by author Chris Hedges about the
culture of warfare, the experiences of AFSC field staff in
Iraq, and more.

Listen now: http://ga3.org/ct/Vd_ZLWM1rm_Z/audio


New resources on Colombia's civil war

Several new online resources explain the long-running civil war
Colombia and describe efforts to bring about a peaceful
resolution to the conflict.

Read AFSC's resources on Colombia:


Gardening project in Bosnia/Herzegovina continues to thrive

The AFSC Community Gardening Project was established in early
2000 to provide a safe and supportive space where people from
different ethnicities in Bosnia and Herzegovina could work side
by side to grow food for themselves and their families. The
project's newest success stories include:

- using the gardens as work therapy for former soldiers and
people with post-war syndrome and mental disabilities; and
- the Stup garden in Sarajevo, which recently donated a
portion of its vegetable production to the Stari Grad
public kitchen operated by the Red Cross.

Read more: http://ga3.org/ct/C7_ZLWM1rmAa/garden/


A Quaker perspective on the global economy

Global economic justice is the bedrock of a peaceful world.
AFSC's new report, "Putting Dignity & Rights at the Heart of
the Global Economy: A Quaker Perspective," does not attempt to
answer all the questions of how the global economy works.

Instead, the report asks us to test the global economy's
effectiveness by how well it raises the standard of living and
health for the poor, protects our natural environment and
cultural lives, justly produces and distributes goods and
services to meet everyone's daily needs, and creates work
whose intrinsic worth enables people to grow and develop.

Download the report:


Toward Peace & Justice is a monthly publication of the American
Friends Service Committee (AFSC), a nonprofit Quaker
that includes people of various faiths who are committed to
social justice, peace, and humanitarian service.

Copyright 2005 by the American Friends Service Committee,
1501 Cherry Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102

See the AFSC website at http://ga3.org/ct/Zd_ZLWM1rm_-/afsc.


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