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No separate justice

Bonnie Kerness presented this talk at a vigil at the Metropolitan Correctional Center on May 4th, 2015 in New York City. - Lucy

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Cell at Eastern State Penitentiary

Cell at Eastern State Penitentiary

Cell at Eastern State Penitentiary

Ending Mass Incarceration: The Pitfalls of Incremental Change

Much of the conference on ending mass incarceration at Pendle Hill was focused on listening and learning about the issues, but also considering effective strategy: how to build campaigns, how to center the leadership of those formerly or currently incarcerated and their families in movements, how to do this work in a way that can have the most impact.

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Walnut Street Jail in Philadelphia

Walnut Street Jail in Philadelphia

Walnut Street Jail in Philadelphia

Building a nonviolent revolution against injustice: A conversation with Michelle Alexander

Below is an excerpt from a plenary session at the recent Ending mass incarceration and the New Jim Crow conference at Pendle Hill. Michelle Alexander was interviewed by Daniel Hunter and Jondhi Harrell. This excerpt has been edited for focus and for the written page, so that it flows more easily. Watch the video below to hear the full, very rich conversation.

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Michelle Alexander

Michelle Alexander

Michelle Alexander

Called by God: an interview with Migwe Kimemia

This is an interview by volunteer writer Kadija Diallo of Migwe Kimemia, director of AFSC's Peace and Trade Justice program in Dayton, Ohio. Migwe discusses the development of the program and the spiritual basis for his work. - Lucy

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Family immigrant detention centers: The new internment camps

Staff members of AFSC’s Immigrant Rights Program in Newark joined advocates from across the nation in a protest against the family detention policies of the US government on May 1 in Dilley, Texas.  The Corrections Corporation of America, a for-profit company, runs the largest immigrant family detention center in the United States in Dilley that will detain up to 2400 mothers and children.

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South Texas Family Residential Center

South Texas Family Residential Center

South Texas Family Residential Center

Collective power for migrant justice: An interview with AFSC Intern Saul Aleman

Note: Lucy Duncan came back from visiting Quaker meetings in South Florida with Saul Aleman really excited about his energy for the migrant rights movement, for using nonviolence as a tool for change, and for telling stories and bringing forward migrant voices to change the narrative around immigrants in this country.

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#BlackLivesMatter: From Baltimore to Jerusalem

Note: Sahar Vardi serves as Coordinator of AFSC's Israel program working with refusers to military service and against militarism within Israel. She attended a recent protest focused on recent killings and abuse of Ethiopian Jews in Israel. This is her reflection on it and its connection to the movement against police brutality, the Black Lives Matter movement, in the United States. - Lucy

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Thoughts on Black/Brown unity: A poem

Note: Ericson Amaya and Pablo Paredes of AFSC's 67 Sueños Program wrote this poem on the occasion of the unveiling of the Black/Brown Unity Mural in Oakland, Califormia. Recently they read it at the AFSC Corporation meeting. The video of that reading is below.

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Black Brown Unity Mural, detail, in Oakland

Black Brown Unity Mural, Oakland, detail

Black Brown Unity Mural, detail, in Oakland

Occupied Susiya: Walk with us

Update: In May the Israeli High Court of Justice turned down a request for a judicial order to halt the demolition of the West Bank village of Susiya. Up to 100 homes are under threat for demolition at any time by the civil administrations of Judae and Samaria. The high court judge, Noam Sohlberg, who refused the request for the judicial order is himself a resident of an illegal West Bank settlement. The residents of Susiya hold deeds to the land going back to the Ottoman era, but Israeli authorities say the residents did not have permits to build their current structures.

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Susiya forever

Susiya forever

Susiya forever

Letter from Birmingham City Jail: What would King say today?

Note: AFSC published Letter from Birmingham City Jail by Martin Luther King, Jr. in May, 1963. King wrote the letter on April 16, 1963 in response to an open, published letter from white clergy asking him to slow down, reproaching him on his methods and actions.

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Letter from Birmingham City Jail cover from the original 1963 AFSC edition

Letter from Birmingham City Jail cover from the original 1963 AFSC edition

Letter from Birmingham City Jail cover from the original 1963 AFSC edition

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