YUIR Weekend is a free 2-and-a-half day anti-racist organizing training for youth ages 14 – 24. The training is Friday evening 6-9pm; during the day Saturday and Sunday. Meals including snacks and breakfast and lunch (for Saturday and Sunday) will be provided.
At YUIR Weekend we will ask:
Why are people poor? Why are so many black and latino people in prison? What is the history I’m not taught in school? What is the School to Prison Pipeline? How can I change my community?
AFSC's West Virginia Economic Justice Project hosted an Undoing Racism workshop in Charleston, WV in April 2015 that included 40 participants made up of child poverty campaign coalition partners, faith leaders, representatives from juvenile justice system, domestic violence prevention leaders, professors, college students, as well as AFSC youth leaders from Logan, WV.
(This open letter was co-written by Jeff Martin, AFSC PA's Human Rights and Youth Coalition Liaison as part of AFSC PA's work with the Human Rights City Alliance. The open letter appeared in several local publications including in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette as a letter to the editor.)
Banner by Pittsburgh Youth, Louis, for the Mother Earth Day Celebration 2014
AFSC, Pittsburgh Human Rights City Alliance & the Sierra Club Present
In honor of International Mother Earth Day (the new name given to "Earth Day" by the United Nations in 2009), we invite you to join us for a panel and discussion about what it would mean to recognize the rights of nature and how this is conected to our work to advance human rights for all.
Sharon Goens is the Healing Justice Program Director for AFSC in the Twin Cities.
Wednesday April 16, 5:30-8:30pm (details about a meal TBA), at the AFSC office, 1671 Summit Avenue: The American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) invites all Friends from the Minneapolis-St Paul metro area who have a concern for racial justice to come to this gathering event. Have you been to the national White Privilege Conference, the statewide Overcoming Racism conference, or similar anti-racism events? Are you wondering how to get involved in racial equity and justice work?
Marcel Purnell has worked with AFSC in Seattle for three years.
Structural violence is rarely covered by school curriculums, but many students know they’re not learning the whole picture. In Seattle, Marcel Purnell and Dustin Washington provide an alternative education, equipping young people with organizing skills that they’re using to undo institutional racism.
Fewer kids are being referred to King County courts each year – and most of these disappearing defendants are white.
Last year 2,298 white juveniles were referred to the courts compared to 5,107 in 2002. That’s a 55 percent decrease. Black youth saw a 21 percent drop in referrals over the same period.
An analysis of the juvenile prosecutions shows that black kids are more likely to be referred to the courts, more likely to be formally charged, less likely to have their cases diverted, and more likely to be sentenced to secure detention or tried as adults.
Arnie Alpert's op-ed on the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington appeared in the Concord Monitor, NH Union Leader, Nashua Telegraph, and Fosters Daily Democrat in the days around the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.
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