In October 2014, AFSC’s Friend of a Friend program organized a book drive to support the opening of a library at ConneXions Academy in Baltimore. Led by Friend of a Friend associate Marshall “Eddie” Conway, the drive brought in thousands of books to fill the empty shelves, which were unveiled in a public ceremony featuring activist artist Emory Douglas.
Dominque Stevenson: How did ConneXions [Community Leadership Academy] become involved with AFSC?
Eddie Conway is a former Black Panther political prisoner. He served 43 years in the Maryland prison system for a crime he has maintained he did not commit. During this time, he organized many campaigns and programs to assist the prison population, including AFSC's Friend of a Friend program.
Mike Perry (left) mentored Russell Green (right) when they were incarcerated in a Maryland prison. Today, both men work for the program through advocacy, mentorship, and community engagement. See more photos.
In Maryland, men siphoned out of Baltimore neighborhoods and into the prison system as part of the “War on Drugs” have fostered community and leadership development through the Friend of a Friend program.
Prisoners perform hard labor at the Angola State Prison in Lousiana
CURRENTS is a visual art exhibit featuring works by F. Geoffrey Johnson and Kerly Suffren.
Screening of the film “Land of the Free” about the Angola 3’s three generations in solitary confinement, followed by a discussion moderated by Dianne Mathiowetz and featuring Akinyele Umoja, African american Studies department head at Georgia State University and Dominique Stevens from the AFSC Baltimore Healing Justice program focusing on the case of Marshall Eddie Conway and the over incarceration of African-American males.
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
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