Funding a New Peace Center

Dear Friends,

Since its founding in 1968 by Frances Crowe, the Western Massachusetts branch of the AFSC has endeavored to resist the military-industrial complex, preserve the civil liberties of all people, push back against oppression, and cultivate youth leadership in the movement for social change. Unfortunately, because of major budgetary shortfalls at the AFSC’s national level, our program in Western Massachusetts will officially end its work on September 30, 2017, after nearly 50 years of tireless commitment to nonviolence and justice.

However, we wholeheartedly hope to maintain the work we have been doing through a new peace and social justice organization. As you know, fundraising hasn’t been an objective of our program for the last several years, as it was moved into the jurisdiction of the national office of the AFSC. Therefore, we need to identify the financial support that would come from our community in order to plan for future work. We are not yet accepting donations, but pledges that represent the capacity of Western Massachusetts to sustain an organization to do this work.

You can do that by:

  1. Making a pledge here,
  2. Email us at
  3. Or mail us at Peace Center, P.O. Box 1451, Northampton, MA 01061-1451.

It has been our honor to serve Western Massachusetts, and we are deeply hopeful that our work will continue to effect change in the community for generations to come.

In Solidarity,

The Program Support Committee of the AFSC of Western Massachusetts:

Myra Lam (Clerk)
roxann Callender
Bruce Hawkins
Avery Johnson
Alli Langley
Emily Lewis
Anne Moore
Adele Smith-Penniman

(For the full Committee statement, please go to