Women Against War Presents: Humanize not Militarize: JUNE 18th - 30th
From Ferguson to Gaza, we can see how militarism directly impacts all of our lives. The American Friends Service Committee (Quakers) has organized a large exhibit of posters illustrating these effects, with comments from each of the artists about their works. The display highlights alternatives to militarism and suggests positive nonviolent solutions, inviting visitors to engage in dialogue by leaving their own art or comments in response. This exhibit is presented in the hope that all who view it will pause to consider how militarism shapes our everyday lives, and to find ways in which we can respond with nonviolence and peaceful action.
Women Against War (WAW) is an organization that brings together Capital District women to work for peace. It was founded in 2002 in response to the Iraq War, and in the years since has become a vital participant in the larger national and international peace and justice movement. It is based on the belief that war is not the answer to conflict, and that women can lead the way to developing alternatives to violence.
WAW has several project groups: Grannies for Peace, the Iran Project, the Iraqi Refugee Project, and the Beyond Afghanistan/No Drones Project. It is the local affiliate of Code Pink, and posts the Waging Peace Blog in the Times-Union. WAW holds vigils, lobbies state and national legislators, and brings in prominent speakers throughout the year.
They present the "Humanize Not Militarize" exhibit.
"Humanize Not Militarize" is a traveling exhibit put together by the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC). AFSC is a Quaker organization that promotes lasting peace with justice, as a practical expression of faith in action. Its goal is to nurture the seeds of change and respect for human life that transform social relations and systems. It was founded in the crucible of World War I by Quakers who aimed to serve both humanity and country, while being faithful to their commitment to nonviolence. In 1947 AFSC was a co-recipient on the Nobel Peace Prize, on behalf of all Quakers. Today the peacemaking continues, with immigration projects, Sanctuary plans, prison work, lobbying and legislative efforts, and multiple undertakings worldwide. To learn more about AFSC, and find opportunities for positive action for peace, please visit their website at https://www.afsc.org.