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George Fox was born in the strongly puritan village of Drayton-in-the-Clay, Leicestershire, England (now known as Fenny Drayton), 15 miles west-south-west of Leicester. He was the eldest of four children of Christopher Fox, a successful weaver, called "Righteous Christer" by his neighbours, and his wife, Mary née Lago. Christopher Fox was a churchwarden and was relatively wealthy; when he died in the late 1650s he was able to leave his son a substantial legacy.  From childhood, Fox was of a serious, religious disposition. There is no record of any formal schooling but he learned to read and write. "When I came to eleven years of age," he said, "I knew pureness and righteousness; for, while I was a child, I was taught how to walk to be kept pure. The Lord taught me to be faithful, in all things, and to act faithfully two ways; viz., inwardly to God, and outwardly to man."

As he grew up, his relatives "thought to have made me a priest" but he was instead apprenticed to a local shoemaker and grazier, George Gee of Mancetter.  This suited his contemplative temperament, and he became well-known for his diligence among the wool traders who had dealings with his master. A constant obsession for Fox was the pursuit of "simplicity" in life, meaning humility and the abandonment of luxury, and the short time he spent as a shepherd was important to the formation of this view. Toward the end of his life, he wrote a letter for general circulation pointing out that Abel, Noah, Abraham, Jacob, Moses and David were all keepers of sheep or cattle, and that a learned education should not therefore be seen as a qualification for ministry.

George Fox knew people who were "professors" (followers of the standard religion), but by the age of nineteen he had begun to look down on their behaviour, in particular their drinking of alcohol. He records that in prayer one night, after leaving two acquaintances at a drinking session, he heard an inner voice saying, "Thou seest how young people go together into vanity, and old people into the earth; thou must forsake all, young and old, keep out of all, and be as a stranger unto all."

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AFSC
- American Friends Service Committee.  A Quaker organization that includes people of various faiths who are committed to social justice, peace, and humanitarian service.

QUNO - Quaker United Nations Office - Serves as a Quaker presence at the United Nations (UN), representing Friends' concerns at the international level and facilitating people-to-people diplomacy on global issues. Offices in New York and Geneva.

PYM - Pacific Yearly Meeting - Coordinates Quaker meetings in California and Nevada.

AFSC Border Program
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The U.S.-Mexico Border Program works to secure human rights and self-determination for migrants and border communities. It facilitates leadership development among immigrants, and provides technical support and resources. AFSC Border program are partners in our new meeting house, where they will have their offices.

Quaker Bolivia Link - Finances and runs development projects among the poor indigenous people of the Bolivian Andes. QBL has built over 500 greenhouses and brought drinking water systems to more than 50 villages.

San Diego Coalition for Peace and Justice. 
- SDCPJ coordinate efforts to bring justice to oppressed minorities in the county. They are a hub for activities promoting peace and pacifism in San Diego. SDCPJ are partners in our new meeting house, where they will have their offices.

FCNL  - Friends Committee on National Legislation
is a Quaker lobby in the public interest. FCNL seeks to bring the concerns, experiences and testimonies of Quakers to bear on policy decisions in the nation's capital.

BQEF - Bolivia Quaker Education Fund. Bolivia is the poorest country in the Latin America. BQEF is empowering especially Aymara indigenous Bolivians by funding their education.




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