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Delegations to the Middle East and Latin America


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How can we bridge the political divisions between our governments at this time of heightened tensions and rhetoric of war?
An archive of FOR's work from 2008 to 2014.

Current FOR status: Discontinued.


Since the 1920s, the Fellowship of Reconciliation has sent delegations of peacemakers to regions of the world in conflict and to nations regarded as U.S. enemies. This people-to-people outreach, a form of civilian diplomacy, has taken Americans to such places as Vietnam, the former Soviet Union, Iraq, Nicaragua, Israel/Palestine, and the Philippines.

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Earlier this month, I traveled with seven other westerners to Syria where we joined with 30-plus activists, journalists, and politicians from Asia, Africa, and South America to observe the Syria presidential election. Bashar Assad won 88% of the...

Posted by Judy Bello 18 weeks 4 days ago

FOR hosted an Internet panel discussion on America’s Drone Wars at Vonvo.com, which combines live images of the speakers with a chat box for comments and ...

Posted by Judy Bello 33 weeks 3 days ago

On January 31, I made the following argument before a Court in the town of DeWitt where I was charged with Disorderly Conduct for protesting the MQ9 Reaper drones flown from Hancock Base over Afghanistan. I argue that...

Posted by Judy Bello 34 weeks 3 days ago

Testimony in the...

Posted by Judy Bello 37 weeks 1 day ago

Latin America: In 2014, FOR co-organized an International Fellowship of Reconciliation to Colombia.

Middle East: Today, only a few hundred U.S. citizens visit Iran each year. Travel to Iran with FOR, and you will not only enjoy the beauty of Iran and famous Persian hospitality but also join a growing global network of grassroots civilian diplomats working to prevent war and change U.S. foreign policy.

FOR works with partner organizations to support peace in Afghanistan. In September 2011, FOR sponsored an Afghanistan Peace and Clean Water delegation in partnership with the Afghan Youth Peace Volunteers (AYPV). FOR also promotes AYPV solidarity delegations to the region organized by Voices for Creative Nonviolence.

FOR supports a just peace in Israel/Palestine through trips organized by FOR members and partner organizations. In September 2011, an artists’ delegation to Balata, Palestine was sponsored by FOR, and a second Balata delegation will be held in mid-2012. Interfaith Peace-Builders, a former FOR program, normally sends four peace delegations each year to the region.