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  • 1. Wasan Abu-Baker Fellow, AFSC
  • 2.  The American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) is a Quaker organization working for peace and social justice in the united states and around the world  AFSC was founded in 1917 as a combined effort by American members of the religious society of Friends to assist civilian victims of World War I  Headquarters: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania  AFSC has offices worldwide
  • 3.  It was established to send clothing and food to victims of World War I  After World War I, leaders decided that AFSC should continue working in post-war Europe and around the world  The AFSC began to focus on other areas of development, immigrants, and refugee communities  AFSC provided sewing machines and training so war widows could earn a living  AFSC supported orphanages and land reclamation projects  AFSC received the Nobel peace prize in 1947
  • 4. Gaza, Palestine 1948 Quaker delegates of AFSC who set up holocaust relief/rescue in France, January 1941 Quaker Service in Post World War I Germany
  • 5.  American Civil Rights Movement  The rights of African Americans  Native Americans  Mexican Americans  Asian Americans  Muslim Americans  Peace movement  Empower Local refugees and immigrant communities  Organizing cultural events, and developing programs, social and cultural activities
  • 6.  Established in 1998 as a project of the AFSC, is a popular education center located in Fresno  PVI mission is to create a place where immigrants and refugees can gather to learn from each other and rebuild their world  PVI has facilitated many residential popular education gatherings in which Mexican, indigenous Mexican, and Southeast Asian immigrants and refugees have participated
  • 7.  Is a word meaning (cultural Market), originating from the concept of (Plaza) or place of Exchange  It’s a space where diverse cultures converge to express and share stories, music, food, traditions, and ways of interpreting the world  Through local artists and cultural holders, we see that rich culture is the bond between people
  • 8. 1. The Syrian Walk 2. Welcome and Greeting 3. Raising awareness and building bridges throughout the central valley to serve newly arrived Syrian refugees 4. Human Rights Day: The Refugee Crises and Human Rights at Fresno State 5. Women’s international Day: Immigrant Women Voices of Solidarity
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