By Madeline Schaefer
Published: August 16, 2013

Criminal Justice reform is catching fire in Quaker communities around the country, in large part due to the publication and popularization of Michelle Alexander’s book, “The New Jim Crow.” The facts embedded in every page are undeniable and horrifying, and illustrate a truth that many have known for years, that these injustices are tied directly to this country’s history of slavery. It’s as if the book has finally made it okay for Quakers (and others) to speak up against injustice and to face our country’s past. This book,...

By Lucy Duncan
Published: August 15, 2013

Note: Vincent Harding was a close friend of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and the primary author of "Beyond Vietnam: a Time to Break the Silence." He is Professor of Religion and Social Transformation at Illiff School of Theology in Denver and the chairperson of the Veterans of Hope Project: A Center for the Study of Religion and Democratic...

By Lori Fernald Khamala
Published: August 12, 2013

Note: Lori Fernald Khamala, program director of AFSC's Project Voice in Greensboro, North Carolina, shares the story of how AFSC partnered with FCNL and local Quakers to advocate for humane immigration reform this month. - Madeline

Even though Quaker organizations often work on the same issues and share the same values, it doesn’t mean we always work together as well as we should. But recently, a local collaboration between AFSC and the Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) netted big gains.

When I got a call from an FCNL intern working on immigration...

By Lucy Duncan
Published: August 7, 2013

Note: Here is a brief exchange between Vincent Harding, an author of Martin Luther King Jr.’s speech Beyond Vietnam and Professor of Religion and Social Transformation at Illiff School of Theology in Denver, Colo. and Paul Ricketts, a Quaker from Indiana, that occurred during Harding’s book talk on “Hope and History: Why we must Share the Story of the Movement” at the...

By Laura Magnani
Published: July 30, 2013

Note: Laura Magnani, a member of Strawberry Creek Friends Meeting in Berkeley, Calif., and the director of AFSC’s Bay Area Healing Justice program, tells the story of how local Quaker congregations accompanied a formerly incarcerated man back into the community.

A few years ago Arthur (not his real name) sent a letter to Strawberry Creek Friends Meeting from a state mental hospital, asking about Friends practices and about friendship. He expected eventually to parole to our area, but as a sex offender, he knew...