Caleb Madison served as an AFSC Peace Intern and worked with high school-aged youth on the If I Had A Trillion Dollars Youth Film festival, the If I Could Change the World Spoken Word Project and the Social Change Institute in 2014 - 15. He shares his reflections on this work and what he learned about social change.
Austin Hoffman served as an AFSC Peace Intern and worked with high school-aged youth on the If I Had A Trillion Dollars Youth Film festival, the If I Could Change the World Spoken Word Project and the Social Change Institute in 2014 - 15. He shares his reflections on this work, commenting on the challenges, the inspirations, the amazing people, the impact on youth and what he learned.
Maigan Bridgette served as an AFSC Peace Intern and worked with high school-aged youth on the If I Had A Trillion Dollars Youth Film festival, the If I Could Change the World Spoken Word Project and the Social Change Institute in 2014 - 15. She shares her reflections on this work, how she grew as a person, the challenges, teamwork, and highlights.
Sandra Sanchez directs AFSC's Immigrants Voice Program in Des Moines. She says of this video:
"A courageous work and great editing from AJ & Global Force (Fuerza Mundial Global). To those who say or think 'if you want to come here, do it right,' I say: The current system allows only those who are privileged to 'do it right.' Americans ignore, for the most part, how difficult, costly, and complicated the current system is."
Sandra describes Fuerza Mundial Global as a peaceful grassroots organization based in Los Angeles, linked to other grassroots movements internationally through the arts.
Contact Sandra at SSanchez@afsc.org.
The United States has the highest incarceration rate of any country in the world, with over 2.4 million people currently behind bars. What can Quakers do about it?
Watch this Quaker Speak video to learn more.
To find out about new Quaker Network to End Mass Incarceration, click here.
We are pleased to announce that our new video is complete! Hannah Yackley, our John Looney Peace, Justice and Nonviolence intern, produced and narrated the short (less than 4 minutes) but packed video. She did a wonderful job! With attention spans being what they are these days, 4 minutes is better than 40 minutes for being watched in large numbers.
Please forward far and wide via email and social media.
Watch "Breaking Down the Box," which examines the use of solitary confinement in U.S. prisons.
This 40-minute documentary explores the mental health, racial justice, and human rights implications of this inhumane practice. And it serves as a call to action for communities of faith to engage in the growing nationwide movement for restorative alternatives to isolated confinement that prioritize rehabilitation, therapeutic interventions, and recovery.
AFSC Healing Justice staffers Laura Magnani and Jerry Elster are among those interviewed.
Produced by filmmaker Matthew Gossage. More resources at National Religious Campaign Against Torture.
Produced by filmmaker Matthew Gossage, the film examines the mental health, racial justice and human rights implications of the systemic use of solitary confinement in U.S. prisons.
Angela, who won her Sanctuary case in Philadelphia, toured to visit Arturo, Misael and Rosa. This is a video of Misael and Angela singing in Sanctuary.
Broadcasting from Denver, Colorado, Amy Goodman visits the First Unitarian Society Church to meet Arturo Hernández García, an undocumented immigrant and father of two. Since October, García has sought sanctuary at the church as he fights his deportation. We also hear from his nine-year-old daughter Andrea, a United States citizen. Her status means he may be allowed to stay in the country under President Obama’s new deferred action program starting in May — if he is not deported before then. We also hear from Beth Chronister, assistant minister at the First Unitarian Society Church in Denver, and activist Jennifer Piper of the Metro Denver Sanctuary Coalition, who helped García enter sanctuary.