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We are raising money for programs that challenge people to recognize the real human and economic cost of war, that keep our youth from being militarized, that educate on human rights violations, and that advocate on behalf of those fighting for peace

Dear Friends and Family,

Today we ask you to partner with us in working for peace. You can do this by making a donation to support us as we run, walk, jump, climb, and crawl in the Warrior Dash, a 5K race interspersed with 12 obstacles (www.warriordash.com)!  We will complete this challenge as AFSC Peace Warriors raising money for the important programs of the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), Great Lakes Region.  Please donate now!

Even though much of the work at AFSC is committed to the gradual shifting of our culture of violence and indignity to a culture of peace and social justice, we see visible successes every day and your donation can make a tangible difference. For example:

$100 provides a monthly travel stipend for one of our apprentices. AFSC's new Apprenticeship program is available to recent college graduates with an interest in a career in social justice and who are unemployed due to today's tough job market. They help us carry out our work while we teach them - the next generation of activists - real skills that make them more likely to get the next job they apply for.

$50 covers a tank of gas that we need to take our traveling exhibits, Eyes Wide Open and the Cost of War, to locations throughout the Great Lakes Region. Eyes Wide Open (www.afsc.org/eyes) is a memorial to the fallen soldiers in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. The Cost of War (www.afsc.org/cost) shows the trade-offs we make by choosing to spend money on war instead of human needs here at home. 

$20 purchases the stamps, paper, and envelopes for 20 letters of correspondence with prisoners. These letters are sometimes the only hope for prisoners experiencing difficulty in accessing appropriate health and mental health care. They often reveal civil and human rights violations that occur within prison walls.

$10 allows us send three "It's My Life Books" to the guidance counselor and/or librarian of a local high school. These books are for those students who are about to graduate from high school, but are not immediately college bound. It depicts a big picture of choices and provides them with more information so they can make an educated decision and find meaningful work that contributes to positive social change.

As AFSC Peace Warriors, we run, walk, jump, climb, and crawl for the peace we believe is possible and that everyone deserves. However, we recognize that the roots of injustice and violence are various, intertwined, and complex. Therefore our programs and approaches are numerous and multifauceted. You can read more about the work of AFSC's Great Lakes Region at www.afsc.org/greatlakes.

Beneath it all is the belief in the worth and dignity of every person. 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.

Thank you for your partnership in such an endeavor and for being a light for peace and social justice.


Sincerely,

AFSC Peace Warriors: Margaret Jackson, Jennifer Bing-Canar, Darlene Gramigna, Mary Zerkel, Miryam Rashid, Leah Davis, Karen Light, and Kelly Crumbaker

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