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.
Jacqueline Duhart, a Unitarian minister, runs a women’s group at Dublin Federal Women’s Prison south of Oakland for AFSC. The original leaders adapted Pace e Bene’s Traveling with the Turtle, a curriculum for women learning nonviolence.
Sharon Goens is AFSC's Twin Cities Healing Justice Program Director.
AFSC's Healing Justice Program in Minnesota invites you to a “reconvening” of the visioning session held in January 2012. At this gathering, we will share with you how we have begun to utilize the wisdom and experience people brought to the January 2012 meeting, and we will continue to co-create a joint vision of a healthy Minnesota. Everyone who is interested in this topic is welcome to attend.
“People can be transformed by being open and human. We believe that people have a need to be heard, but how they are heard really matters – if they take the risk of telling their story, it needs to make a difference.” – Denise Altvater
AFSC's Twin Cities Healing Justice program got off to a great start recently, serving as the host for an innovative legislative convening.
Sharon Goens, AFSC Program Director, was asked to host the convening because of AFSC’s neutral stance and because the healing justice framework—with its goal of supporting the process of bringing together long-sparing disparate voices to work toward a shared understanding—resonated strongly with those involved.
Transforming a punishment-based justice system to one based on healing
Fifty Quakers and a few friends of the Friends spent most of a Saturday discussing prison conditions, prison ministry, prison policies, and other matters at the All New Hampshire Gathering of Friends, held at Wesley United Methodist Church in Concord on January 19, 2013.
Denise Altvater (far right)and siblings weeks before they were taken from the reservation and placed in a non-native foster home by the state of Maine.
Denise Altvater is a member of the Passamaquoddy Tribe and has worked for AFSC for eighteen years. She has been instrumental in developing the first Truth and Reconciliation Commission between a sovereign Tribal Nation, the Wabanaki, and a U.S. state, Maine, to address hurts caused by the foster care system. The commission will be seated on February 12, 2013.
New Hampshire Quakers, and friends of the Friends, will gather to share information, ideas, and inspiration on the theme of prisons and transformation of the criminal justice system. After a period of worship, attenders will hear from Margaret Hawthorn of Monadnock Quaker Meeting and Jamie Bissonnette-Lewey of the AFSC's Healing Justice Program. Workshops will discuss restorative justice, Quaker work inside prisons and jails, and public policy issues such as death penalty repeal, prison privatization, and sentencing reform. A children's program will be based on the story o
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