Fellowship of Reconciliation (FOR)

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Fellowship of Reconciliation (FOR)

The Fellowship of Reconciliation (FOR) is the oldest interfaith peace & justice organization in North America. Founded in 1915, FOR is the U.S. chapter of an international movement, with 80 branches worldwide, working to promote nonviolence as a transformative way of life and as a means of radical social change. FOR educates, trains, builds coalitions, and engages in nonviolent and compassionate actions locally, nationally, and globally.

FOR opposes all war and supports the demilitarization of U.S. policy at home and abroad. Highlights of FOR's current work include: working with young people to address militarism in their communities (reflecting their historic support for conscientious objection); sending civilian diplomacy delegations to Iran (FOR has long reached out to people in countries regarded as U.S. enemies); providing human rights accompaniment to communities in a Colombian war zone (strengthening solidarity with those affected by the most U.S. military aid in the Hemisphere); and encouraging local FOR members to engage in interfaith dialogue, broad-based collaboration, and advocacy for social change.

For decades, the Fellowship of Reconciliation has sent peace delegations to nations in conflict or identified as political or military targets of the U.S. government. In 2005, FOR began sending delegations to Iran, labeled a member of the so-called "Axis of Evil," seeking to build relationships between Iranians and Americans despite the deep tensions between the two governments. With the support of the Caipirinha Foundation, FOR's delegations to Iran have included young activists whose backgrounds reflected extraordinarily diverse demographics across race, gender, spiritual tradition, and geography. These 20-somethings now represent the next generation of leaders in the interfaith movement against war and for active nonviolence.

Website: www.forusa.org
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