Healing Justice

In the Land of the Free

Friday, December 2, 2011 - 7:00pm - 10:00pm

Angola State Prison

healing Justice, Friend of a Friend, black men, art activism

Prisons per form hard labor at the Angola State Prison in Lousiana

CURRENTS is a visual art exhibit featuring works by F. Geoffrey Johnson and Kerly Suffren.  

Screening of the film “Land of the Free” about the Angola 3’s three generations in solitary confinement, followed by a discussion moderated by Dianne Mathiowetz and featuring Akinyele Umoja, African american Studies department head at Georgia State University and  Dominique Stevens from the AFSC Baltimore Healing Justice program focusing on the case of Marshall Eddie Conway and the over incarceration of African-American males.

CURRENTS: Black Men's Cultural Activism - A Visual Arts Exhibit, with poetry, music and film

Saturday, November 5, 2011 - 7:00pm - Saturday, December 10, 2011 - 10:00pm

CURRENTS: Black Men's Cultural Activism - A Visual Arts Exhibit, with poetry, music and film is a visual art exhibit featuring artworks by F. Geoffrey Johnson and Kerly Suffren.  The exhibit features works by two men from two very different generations.  Geoffrey is in his 60’s grew up influenced by “Jim Crow” laws and the Civil Rights Movement; while Kerly in his thirties sites the influence of Hip-Hop culture as a major factor in shaping his sense of identity and politics.

Respect: An antidote to violence

Participant of AFSC's Friend of a Friend Program

A Participant of AFSC's Friend of a Friend Program

A Participant of AFSC's Friend of a Friend Program

I used to teach second grade at an inner city elementary school in Vallejo, California. I was teaching there when the riots occurred in Los Angeles in response to the initial verdict acquitting four police officers who had beaten Rodney King.  That morning, I interrupted the usual routine to invite the students to discuss what was happening.  Many of my students, who were mostly of African, Filipino, Mexican, and East Indian descent, told story after story of their own experiences of racism.

Pelican Bay Prisoners Hunger for Justice

AFSC Healing Justice Program is supporting a hunger strike, commencing July 1, called by prisoners at California's infamous Pelican Bay State Prison.  Their five demands: 

(1) End "group punishment" -- lock-downs, most typically -- of entire yards or of all prisoners of an ethnic category -- for violations of prison rules by one prisoner, or a few

(2) End State-imposed gang labels, from which a labeled prisoner can escape only by "debriefing," i.e., testifying against others in the alleged gang

Michelle Alexander gives Keynote Speech at AFSC Dinner

Michelle Alexander, a renowned author, civil rights attorney, and prison-reform advocate, delivered this keynote address on May 26 at “Edges of Justice,” an event held by the American Friends Service Committee in San Francisco. Only three days before, on May 23, the U.S. Supreme Court ordered California to greatly reduce its prison population after ruling that the state’s prison system was so overcrowded that it amounted to “cruel and unusual punishment.”

Program on Georgia prisons and the prisoner strike

Thursday, February 24, 2011 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Human Rights Atlanta sponsors a program on Georgia prisons and the prisoner strike.

Generation Justice blog: LeftTurn piece on CORI

This summer, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick signed a landmark law reforming the state’s criminal background check system. Aimed at improving acc ess to jobs, housing and other vital services for residents with arrest records, overhauling the Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) has been a target for Massachusetts community activists for over a decade.

Dorchester MA Reporter.com: Interfaith Breakfast in Observance of Survivors of Homicide Victims Month

Tue, 11/30/2010 - 8:30am

Join the Louis D. Brown Peace Institute for an Interfaith Discussion and Dialogue Breakfast in Observance of Survivors of Homicide Victims Awareness Month, November 20-December 20.

TucsonCitizen.com: AFSC Calls for an Investigation into the Politics of Prison Privatization

The American Friends Service Committee and Beau Hodai (author of the groundbreaking article from In These Times on private prisons & Arizona) met on the lawn of the state house in Phoenix on Monday to hold a press conference calling for an end to for-profit prison influence peddling in Arizona.

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