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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
While he lived well into his 99th year, the world lost a champion for justice last week. George House was my mentor, role model, and dear friend. Other than my father, he was the man who had the greatest influence on my life.
“This little light of mine, I’m gonna’ let it shine! Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine.”
George Houser hired me in 1980 to work at the American Committee on Africa (ACOA). We had already known each other for 15 years and would remain colleagues and friends until the end. There are too many stories to tell.
George Houser was a mentor, friend, co-worker, and a giant of a human being. Some of the things I appreciated about George include:
I was not fortunate enough to know George in his youth, at the height of his activism on desegregation and civil rights in this country, and the struggle for freedom for the colonized peoples of Africa, and to end apartheid.