American Friends Service Committee -- Western Massachusetts

Some of you may not have heard that Frances Crowe underwent surgery in Boston on Wednesday 9/3. Frances, who started this AFSC office, organized draft counseling in VietNam days, brought Democracy Now! to the region, was instrumental in starting Community Radio in Northampton, and generally has been the Mother Figure of the Peace and Justice movement in The Valley, is beloved by all of us.Please do not send food or flowers.
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The Western Massachusetts office of the American Friends Service Committee, based in Florence, is accepting applications for the job of Western Massachusetts Program Coordinator (Community Organizer.) The deadline for applications is October 6th. The Program Description, Job Responsibilities, Qualifications, Salary, and other information are in this Word file.
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WM AFSC now has co-interim Program Coordinators! Maya Winfrey was hired at the end of October to share the Program Coordinator position with Doug Renick. Doug has gone from full-time to part-time. Doug and Maya met working together on the Western MA Social Forum that was held last April on the UMass Amherst campus. They co-facilitated meetings, traveled to Atlanta for the US Social Forum together (along with another 60 people in 6 vans), so they knew they worked well together. Doug and Maya are each taking on particular responsibilities of the job, though they expect to support each other in a lot of the work done from this office.
Maya’s Office Hours: Monday-Wednesday. Her email is
Doug's Office Hours: Wednesday-Friday. Doug can be reached by email at
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  American Friends Service Committee NEW ENGLAND REGION WESTERN MASSACHUSETTS PROGRAM Doug Renick and Maya Winfrey, Interim Program Coordinators 140 Pine St. Florence MA 01062 Phone: 413-584-8975 Fax: 413-584-8987  
The Western Massachusetts program, founded in 1968, focuses on peace education and social justice through work on nonviolence training, study courses and dialogues on economic justice, campaigns against U.S. military intervention, and education and action to combat racism, classism, and homophobia. The program has evolved from a program primarily set up to do draft and military counseling and resistance to militarism and the war in Vietnam, to a broader educational-outreach program with a strong emphasis on community dialogue.
Western Massachusetts faces problems of growing economic disparity, an increased tendency to scapegoat the poor and other marginalized social groups, and a deterioration in public trust and ownership of local, state and federal government, along with increased efforts to militarize our economy and our communities. The program seeks to empower communities to confront these problems and find lasting solutions which increase peace and build unity. AFSC-Western Mass. uses education and community dialogue to make the broader connections between militarism, economic disparity, and violence, and actively promote ways that people can break the cycle of violence which fosters these connections. Two primary goals are demilitarization of youth, and empowerment of economically oppressed people.  
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