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AFSC South Star Summer 2014

Summer 2014 issue of the AFSC South Region's South Star newsletter.

Comrade Sunshine: Official Trailer #1

First official trailer for "Comrade Sunshine," the upcoming documentary film by Cameron Granadino about Dominque Stevenson and AFSC's Friend of a Friend program.

Friend of a Friend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day 2013 Community Tribunal (Baltimore, MD)

On January 21, 2013, AFSC's Friend of a Friend program led a Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day community tribunal at Mount Pleasant Baptist Church in Govans, Baltimore. Residents shared their experiences and concerns with the Maryland prison system and brainstormed strategies for making their voices heard.

Slideshow edit: Isaac Bunn
Photos: Bryan Vana

Dropping the Flag: An Insider's Look at America's Prison System

Wahid was a participant in AFSC’s Friend of a Friend at the Maryland Correctional Institution – Jessup. While in the conflict resolution mentoring program, he shared his story with author and Friend of a Friend mentor Craig Muhammad.

The following story is taken from the chapter, “Dropping the Flag,” in the soon-to-be published book, From Jericho to Jerusalem: Organizing Street Organizations. It is one of several “testimonies” from young men who are former members of gangs, or what many refer to as street organizations.

The Growing Problems of the Prison System

Putting prison overcrowding in perspective:

According to the Bureau for Justice Statistics, the number of adult federal and state prison inmates increased from 139 per 100,000 residents in 1980 to 502 per 100,000 in 2009 — an increase of 261 percent. Over two million Americans are now incarcerated in prisons or jails and the total number of Americans under some form of penal supervision (including jail, prison, parole and probation) is over 7.2 million.

Maryland prisoner, mentor unfairly transferred away from support network

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