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American Friends Service Committee
April 8, 2013

The AFSC is a Quaker social justice organization that works to transform the viability of communities faced with violence, oppression, and coercion, as well as from the results of natural disasters. Its most successful work is conducted at the community level in 24 countries around the world and throughout the United States, in partnership with local civil society organizations.

Founded in 1917 to provide an alternative, non-military way for young Quakers to serve humanity and their country in the depths of World War I, the organization remained behind to feed the emaciated populations of France and Germany, without regard to nationality. During the Depression of the 1930s, the AFSC worked to build more diverse economic opportunities for ordinary people in various parts of the United States including Appalachia. Prior to World War II, the AFSC leadership sent delegations to convince the Nazi regime in Germany to allow Jews to emigrate; and during World War II, the AFSC worked in support of interned Japanese-American citizens.

The organization is dedicated to restructuring the way in which societies define 'security' toward a broader, shared concept in which the security of all people and all nations becomes interdependent rather that narrowly based on the assumption that violent force and coercion can provide lasting security.

Fullest disclosure: I am a volunteer and Board member, and years ago (1970s) was a volunteer and on staff.

I have continued to support the AFSC since I first volunteered in 1970...not through inertia but through an increasing appreciation for the work of the organization.

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Board Member

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CENTER FOR CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS INC
April 8, 2013

The Center for Constitutional Rights is a progressive legal advocacy organization that takes issues that seem a little too hot for the ACLU. These issues include human rights, including discrimination, government overstepping, and civil liberties. They are smart, courageous, and consistent.

Founding defense attorneys William Kunstler and Leonard Weinglass famously defended the Chicago 7.

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2012

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Donor

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ANNUNCIATION HOUSE INC
April 8, 2013

Annunciation House is a faith-based organization that provides relief and assistance to migrants stranded in the dysfunctions of the US-Mexico mid-border region, including Mexicans and Central Americans. A number of these people are women and children abandoned or left to fend for themselves when the male head of household crosses to find work somewhere in the US. A number of these people have been abused, severely injured, or otherwise traumatized by their journey to the north and/or their experiences in the border region itself. AH also provides in-depth orientation for interested outsiders to conditions faced by these people.

A number of years ago I brought a mixed Univ of NM class of graduates and undergraduates to spend a weekend under the auspices of AH. We stayed in a low-income neighborhood on the western edge of Cd. Juarez, visited with local people, toured in the area including a visit to the Mexican side of the border fence. Most importantly from the perspective of personal experience, we had to agree to spend no more on food that what would be earned by an average maquiladora factory worker...which led to some profound learning by our students.

The Annunciation House is supported by the work of volunteers from around the country, many of whom are young adults. Their spirit and energy are uplifting.

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2013

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Donor

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