Jamie Bissonette of Pembroke was appointed as the new chair of the Maine Indian Tribal State Commission (MITSC) at the commission's meeting on July 1. Bissonette, a Missisquoi Abenaki, coordinates the Healing Justice Program for the American Friends Service Committee in New England and staffs both the Sipayik Criminal Justice Commission for the Passamaquoddy Tribe and the Wabanaki Tribal Advisory Group to the Maine Department of Corrections.
Arizona's controversial immigration law is partially in effect, but key elements of it have been put on hold by a judge. Those against the law, including AFSC's Jeff Napolitano, warn of its consequences.
San Diego community members are calling for action to stop Arizona's new immigration law. Opponents are calling the law racist and even though a federal judge blocked some of the most controversial sections of it, they said the fight is not over.
The American Friends Service Committee and Voices of Hope Productions joined forces to support, through the medium of film, community groups and policy organizations devoted to men and women returning home after incarceration. These three films are the result. A Failing System was a labor of love by Voices of Hope. No Where to Go and Healing Justice: Transformed Lives were made with the support of the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice, Integrity House, and Women Who Never Give Up, Inc.
The next Friends of Iowa Women Prisoners meeting is at noon on Tues., May 18th at Wesley United Methodist Church, 800 East 12th. Bring your lunch. J Speaker is Marty Ryan, Legislative Advocate for Justice Reform Consortium.
On June 8, Robyn Mills, Chairperson of the Iowa Board of Corrections will be with us. This is a rare opportunity to come and hear about the duties of Board, who they represent and how they can and can't guide the direction and influence the policies of corrections in the state.
The STOPMAX Campaign, sponsored by the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), works to eliminate the use of isolation and segregation in U.S. prisons.
Our strategies include research, grassroots organizing, public education and policy advocacy to abolish solitary confinement or reduce its use.
To lay the groundwork for the campaign, we researched the use of isolation in a cross-section of correctional facilities: state Departments of Corrections, Departments of Juvenile Corrections, and immigration detention centers.
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 offices around the world. To see a complete list see the Where We Work page.