American Friends Service Committee

American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) works for peace and social justice in the United States and around the world.

AFSC, which uses the Quaker Star as its logo, was founded in 1917 with an original mission to provide Conscientious Objectors (COs) with a constructive alternative to military service, which was the creation of the Friends Ambulance Unit (FAU). By the mid-1920s the organisation focused on improving racial relations in the U.S., as well as exploring ways to prevent the outbreak of another conflict before and after World War II. However, war did break out and the FAU was re-established. After the war, AFSC assisted in relief efforts to help rebuild a war-torn Europe.

In 1947, AFSC received the Nobel Peace Prize along with its British counterpart, the Friends Service Council (now called Quaker Peace and Social Witness) on behalf of all Quakers worldwide.

Post, Word War II, AFSC’s work has included:

  • Sending aid teams to India, China, and Japan
  • Supporting the civil rights movement
  • Giving aid to civilians on both sides of the Vietnam War
  • Promoting public school desegregation
  • Building peaceful communities across the world

AFSC says of its role today:

“Drawing on continuing spiritual insights and working with people of many backgrounds, we nurture the seeds of change and respect for human life that transform social relations and systems.”

American Friends Service Committee

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