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Linda Kelly

Since FOR’s founding in 1915 during World War I, members have believed that it is not enough to merely avoid war, but that it’s essential to remove the causes of war and create a new social order rooted in dignity and freedom for all.

Economic justice has always been a prominent concern of FOR’s members.

At an early FOR gathering the first national chairman of the American Civil Liberties Union, Harry Ward, spoke on “Industrial Reconciliation: Its...

Dr. Hakim

10 year old Sakina, an Afghan street kid, had this to say, “I don’t like to be in a world of war. I like to be in a world of peace.”

On 27th August 2015, Sakina and Inam, with fellow Afghan street kids and the Afghan Peace Volunteers, held a mock funeral for weapons and celebrated the establishment of a green space in Kabul.

Dressed in long black coats, they broke and buried toy guns in a small spot where, over the past two years, they have been planting trees. 


Jerry Elmer

August 20, 2015 - I have just had the sad news that my friend George Houser died yesterday at the age of 99.  George was the last surviving participant in the first Freedom Ride in February 1947.  I came to know George when I worked for eight years as the (pro bono) General Counsel of the Fellowship of Reconciliation (FOR) with which George had long been associated.

As FOR’s General Counsel, my biggest project was a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit against the FBI for its file on the...

Elbert Big Man Howard

With respect to the passing on of George Houser, on August 19, 2015, I would like to say some words of remembrance.

George Houser, first of all, was a man for whom I held an enormous amount of respect.

I met George, together with his wife Jean, in 2010, at a time late in both our lives, through a friend, at his home at Friends House in Santa Rosa, California. We had what seemed to be an instant connection - he was so very vibrant then still, with his twinkling eyes and enthusiastic, intelligent questions, trying to find out more about me! I was just so happy to meet...

Dr. Hakim

The Afghan Peace Volunteers, based in Kabul, Afghanistan, are partnering with many organizations and individuals around the world to say we have all had ENOUGH

On the 21st of September 2015, the International Day of Peace, the Afghan Peace Volunteers will launch #Enough!, a global campaign to abolish war, in which we’re encouraging all members of the human family to sign...