Denise Altvater (far right)and siblings weeks before they were taken from the reservation and placed in a non-native foster home by the state of Maine.
Denise Altvater is a member of the Passamaquoddy Tribe and has worked for AFSC for eighteen years. She has been instrumental in developing the first Truth and Reconciliation Commission between a sovereign Tribal Nation, the Wabanaki, and a U.S. state, Maine, to address hurts caused by the foster care system. The commission will be seated on February 12, 2013.
New Hampshire Quakers, and friends of the Friends, will gather to share information, ideas, and inspiration on the theme of prisons and transformation of the criminal justice system. After a period of worship, attenders will hear from Margaret Hawthorn of Monadnock Quaker Meeting and Jamie Bissonnette-Lewey of the AFSC's Healing Justice Program. Workshops will discuss restorative justice, Quaker work inside prisons and jails, and public policy issues such as death penalty repeal, prison privatization, and sentencing reform. A children's program will be based on the story o
In the Liberian version of the Christmas story, “Every Man Heart Lay Down,” retold by author Lorenz Graham, God is frustrated.
He says, “The people no hear My Word, The people no walk my way, Nev mind. I going break the world and lose the people, I going make the day dark and the night I going make hot… And I going make a new country and make a new people.”
"The Peaceable Kingdom" by Edward Hicks at the National Gallery
Note: I sent Max Carter a note about an unrelated matter and he sent me these reflections about the recent mass shootings in Newtown, Conn., which he posted on the Guilford College Friends Center Facebook page yesterday. - Lucy
As the West Virginia Economic Justice Project addresses prison overcrowding on a policy level, the Appalachian Center for Equality Youth Leadership Program explores the racial and economic injustices of the prison industrial complex and the impact this has on their lives.
The sweet tension of waiting for people to arrive combined with the multiple colored lights filling the room, a dream of cold extremities coursing with adrenaline. I, as the door person watching the welcome table, got to say hello to most of the people to the event hopefully making a positive first impression. From my vantage point near the door I’m torn as to what might have been my most memorable experience.
The “29th Annual National “Night Out Against Crime” was held on Tuesday, October 16, 2012 from 5:30-7:30pm for neighborhoods throughout the Greater New Orleans Area. The American Friends Service Committee partnered with A Desire For Change community group to host our “Night Out Against Crime” at the Sampson Park in the 9th Ward Neighborhood to celebrate a commitment to peace in our communities.
Good Day everyone who confirmed their attendance by calling or emailing me in advance! This is a very exciting event that is completely at capacity (over 60 people). Please fill out this form and email it back to me (firstname.lastname@example.org) or bring a hard copy to the workshop. If you are a student of Dr. Alma M. Ouanesisouk Trinidad, then you may receive a form from her and may return forms back to her.
AFSC is a Quaker organization devoted to service, development, and peace programs throughout the world. Our work is based on the belief in the worth of every person, and faith in the power of love to overcome violence and injustice. Learn more
Where we work
AFSC has office around the world. To see a complete list see the Where We Work page.