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How Quakers can help end mass incarceration

AFSC has been collaborating with QuakerSpeak, a project of Friends Journal, on several videos about issues on which AFSC works and how Quakers can support change. The second video in the series of three reflects on "How Quakers can help end mass incarceration" and features AFSC staff members Laura Magnani, Farajii Mohammed, and Lewis Webb.

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 Another Quaker working to end mass incarceration

Another Quaker working to end mass incarceration

No separate justice

Bonnie Kerness presented this talk at a vigil at the Metropolitan Correctional Center on May 4th, 2015 in New York City. - Lucy

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Cell at Eastern State Penitentiary

Cell at Eastern State Penitentiary

Cell at Eastern State Penitentiary

Ending Mass Incarceration: The Pitfalls of Incremental Change

Much of the conference on ending mass incarceration at Pendle Hill was focused on listening and learning about the issues, but also considering effective strategy: how to build campaigns, how to center the leadership of those formerly or currently incarcerated and their families in movements, how to do this work in a way that can have the most impact.

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Walnut Street Jail in Philadelphia

Walnut Street Jail in Philadelphia

Walnut Street Jail in Philadelphia

Building a nonviolent revolution against injustice: A conversation with Michelle Alexander

Below is an excerpt from a plenary session at the recent Ending mass incarceration and the New Jim Crow conference at Pendle Hill. Michelle Alexander was interviewed by Daniel Hunter and Jondhi Harrell. This excerpt has been edited for focus and for the written page, so that it flows more easily. Watch the video below to hear the full, very rich conversation.

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Michelle Alexander

Michelle Alexander

Michelle Alexander

Call for Spirited Action: Quaker Network to end mass incarceration

Have you heard about the new growing network of Quakers working together across the country to end mass incarceration?  What started as a small group of Friends meeting during mealtimes at the 2014 Friends General Conference Gathering has burgeoned into a movement of Quakers connecting across the country to see how we can pool our knowledge and resources on shifting our prison system. 

Lifting each other up: You can’t stop the revolution

St. Louis resident Diamond Latchison joined the protests five days after Mike Brown’s death. “Once I started seeing firsthand what the people were doing and what the police were doing, I never left,” she says.

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Two protesters in Times Square in solidarity with Ferguson

Two protesters in Times Square in solidarity with Ferguson

In the stillness of Meeting: Following a leading to action

The human experience is a beautifully complex one. In our 21st century lives, it seems that our online newspapers, twitter feeds, and emails are filled with stories of hate, injustice, oppression and violence. We often need to look a little deeper to find the stories of hope, faith, compassion, and love, and by the time we get to them, we are often too weighed down with challenging stories to recognize the uplifting ones. But we must be resilient. We must stay encouraged.

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Sterling Duns Live

Sterling Duns Live

Sterling Duns Live

A Lifetime of Resistance: An Interview with Eddie Conway

This is the final in a series about Quaker healing justice work, including Quaker activist J. Jondhi Harrell and AFSC’s Lewis Webb.  I interviewed Marshall “Eddie” Conway at his office at the Baltimore Real News station, where he works as a TV producer when he’s not organizing at AFSC’s Baltimore office. 

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From Prison Walls to the United Nations

Note: Recently Lia Lindsey, Policy Impact Coordinator for AFSC, traveled to Geneva with a delegation to testify to the UN Committee against Torture about solitary confinement in the United States. She joined many others, including Mike Brown's parents, to bring the voices of those most impacted to the halls of the United Nations to consider actions to disrupt injustice, including solitary confinement, in the United States. - Lucy

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