Roots for Peace is a Los Angeles based program of the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC). AFSC has programs in 37 locations across the United States and around the world. Our colleagues at AFSC do important peace and social justice work including migrant justice, prison reform, demilitarization, justice for Palestine, and more. To learn more about AFSC’s programs visit www.afsc.org.
Roots for Peace utilizes urban farming, leadership development, and community organizing to address health and economic inequities in Los Angeles. We support community members to organize towards a food system that improves access to healthy and cultural foods, rebuilds ancestral connection to the earth, and increases collective power and self-determination.
Our strategy is to accompany local residents, youth and adults from predominantly immigrant Latinx families, using a racial justice framework. We work with our members to analyze systemic inequalities while envisioning and organizing around local projects, policies, and practices that build personal and community healing. We also collaborate with local organizations and coalitions to address food access and environmental justice issues across the city.