PHILADELPHIA, PA -
January 7 - During the months of January, February and March the following internationally based Quaker peacemakers will be in the United States on behalf of the Nobel Prize-winning American Friends Service Committee(AFSC). With offices in 22 countries and 9 regions across the United States, AFSC works internationally for social and economic justice, operating from a belief in the dignity and worth of all people. Many international representatives areindigenous to the regions in which they work.
JANUARY 7 FROM ASIA Alex Wong, Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam. Topics include: Sustainable economic development and the changing political climate in Cambodia following recent elections.
12-31 Lady Borton, Vietnam. Topics include: Dioxin (Agent Orange) hotspots remaining from Vietnam War. (Washington D.C. and Texas Only)
FEBRUARY FROM AFRICA 7-14 Daniel Ntoni-Nzinga, head of COIEPA a coalition of Catholic, Protestant and Evangelical churches that helped end decades of civil war in Angola. Touring the U.S. as part of the Africa Peace and Justice Educational Tour. Topics include: Peacemaking in the African Great Lakes Region and the Angola Peace Accords.
FROM ASIA 19-23 James and WuNa Reilly, East Asia. Topics include: The Korean Peninsula, including U.S. relations with North Korea and prospects for peace and reconciliation.
International Travel for Peace and Reconciliation
AFSC has a long history working for peace and reconciliation in an atmosphere of war. Its work has been recognized worldwide including massive food programs that fed millions of children in post-war Germany and relief efforts on behalf of the United Nations that aided hundreds of thousands of refugees in the Gaza Strip in the 1940s. Today, AFSC has programs that focus on economic and social justice, peace-building, demilitarization, and youth in the United States and in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, and at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland and New York City.
For interviews with Quaker representatives traveling internationally, contact (215) 241-7060.
FEBRUARY TO CUBA 20-24 Denise Davis and Serge Bordenave, Havana, Cuba. Presenting at the International Workshop on Regionalism, Regional Security and Civil Society in the Grand Caribbean in the Time of the New World Order. Topics include: Reducing small arms proliferation and demand in the Caribbean.
JANUARY 16-21 World Social Forum, India. Gathering of activists from around the world working for sustainable development, social and economic justice, and peaceful relations among nations. Topics include: AFSC leads
Community Voices on the War on Terror, a session that highlights immigrant challenges to the USA
PATRIOT Act, invisible victims of U.S. military policy in the Andean region of the Americas, and more.
Project Voice Conference, San Diego. Topics Include: Ways to strengthen the capacity of immigrants and immigrant-led organizations to defend their human rights and advocate for policy changes; building support for legalization legislation; documenting the impact of the federal governments national raids against immigrant janitors at Wal-Mart; strengthening immigrant participation in the Immigrant Workers Freedom Ride and organizing resistance to the assault on civil rights and civil liberties posed by the USA Patriot Act, Special Registration, and the CLEAR Act (
Free Trade Agreement of the Americas (FTAA) Ministerial Meeting, Miami, FL.
Alternatives to Corporate Globalization Voices from the Americas. In the shadow of the FTAA Ministerial, tens of thousands of activists gathered to share information and exchange stories about the real impacts of globalization on workers, family farmers, women, indigenous people, human rights, democracy, and the environment.
Nov. 26-Dec. 4
Fourth World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates, sponsored by the Gorbachev Foundation and the City of Rome. Summit brought past recipients of the Nobel Peace Prize together and included an address by AFSC general secretary Mary Ellen McNish. Topics included: New Ethics in politics, economics and science. The Summit included a special session on the death penalty.
Quaker Network for the Peaceful Prevention of Violent Conflict, London. Gathering of organizations and individuals concerned with conflict resolution in the Great Lakes region of Africa and an examination of the physical, spiritual, social, and psychological dimensions of human existence. Prior meetings occurred in August 2003 with the next scheduled for April 2004