By Madeline Smith-Gibbs
Published: October 23, 2014

Note: I first met J. Jondhi Harrell through Philadelphia’s prison and reentry activism circles.  Later, I worshipped with him at Germantown Friends Meeting, where he recently became a member.  As an insider to the worlds of both Quakerism and the criminal justice system – he was incarcerated for over 20 years – he speaks powerfully about prison, reentry, and Friends’ mandate to confront the dehumanizing system of mass incarceration.  To learn more about AFSC's healing justice work, visit our issue page or...

By Raed Jarrar
Published: October 9, 2014

Note: Raed Jarrar serves as AFSC's Policy Impact Coordinator. He is Iraqi and Palestinian and has been speaking out in many media outlets including All in with Chris Hayes, Democracy Now, and...

By Avis Wanda McClinton
Published: October 1, 2014

Note: On September 28th Upper Dublin Friends Meeting of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting celebrated the unveiling of a Pennsylvania Historic marker which honored the lives of Thomas and Hannah Atkinson, members of the meeting who offered safe haven on the underground railroad. Avis McClinton, a member of the meeting, was instrumental in having a marker placed which recognized and remembered the formerly enslaved African Americans who lost their lives while seeking freedom and were buried in the cemetery in unmarked graves next to the meeting house. She also worked hard with...

By Dalit Baum
Published: September 25, 2014

Note: Dalit Baum, AFSC’s Director of Economic Activism and an Israeli Jew, was one of the founders of Who Profits, an organization that researches companies that profit from the occupation of Palestinian territory. In this post she writes about the passbook system in South Africa and the ID system in Israel, both established to control, segregate, and limit movement. Boycotts and divestment are one way to take a moral stand against and resist the practices of companies benefitting from the oppression of a...

By Clark Reddy
Published: September 18, 2014

Note: This is the first of a series of several posts written in response to Rufus Jone’s essay, “What will get us Ready?” which he wrote in 1944 and wondered about Quakers role in facing the crises and tumult of the day and whether Quakers were ready to step into the breach. Here Clark Reddy responds to the question considering our current crises and quandaries.

All images are of the James Turrell Skyspace at Chestnut Hill Meeting, the photo to the left...