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AFSC Mission Statement
The American Friends Service Committee is a practical expression of the faith of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers). Committed to the principles of nonviolence and justice, it seeks in its work and witness to draw on the transforming power of love, human and divine.
We recognize that the leadings of the Spirit and the principles of truth found through Friends' experience and practice are not the exclusive possession of any group. Thus, the AFSC draws into its work people of many faiths and backgrounds who share the values that animate its life and who bring to it a rich variety of experiences and spiritual insights.
This AFSC community works to transform conditions and relationships both in the world and in ourselves, which threaten to overwhelm what is precious in human beings. We nurture the faith that conflicts can be resolved nonviolently, that enmity can be transformed into friendship, strife into cooperation, poverty into well-being, and injustice into dignity and participation. We believe that ultimately goodness can prevail over evil, and oppression in all its many forms can give way.
The American Friends Service Committee's New Orleans Peace andEconomic Justice Program seeks to educate, train and advocate about issues around violence, economic justice, and education. The program has a focus on organizing as a tool for community empowerment utilizing conflict resolution skills, art making, dialogue, and the sharing of information and resources to achieve economic justice and a reduction in violence. The program is grounded in the principles of self-help and collaboration. We partner with like minded organizations throughout New Orleans, with target programs that serve communities in the 7 th Ward and Florida/Desire areas.
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