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Register for YUIR Weekend October 9 - 11

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?

Students in WV Learn How to Undo Racism

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.

Open Letter to New Pittsburgh Police Chief Cameron McLay

(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.)


HRCA's Reversing Structural Racism Task Force

Wednesday, May 21, 2014 - 6:00pm

Race Still Matters

Mother Earth Day Celebration 2014

Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm

One Hour of Sunlight = One Year of Electricity

One Hour of Sunlight = One Year of Electricity

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.

Racial justice gathering

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 5:30pm

Sharon Goens

Sharon Goens

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?

Curriculum for racial justice

Marcel Purnell

Marcel Purnell at Friends Center in Philadelphia

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.

King County sees drop in juvenile defendants but not as much for youth of color

King County Juvenile Detention Center

King County Juvenile Detention Center

King County Juvenile Detention Center

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.

Editorial: If youth are the future, why does King County want to lock so many of us up?

King County Juvenile Detention Center

King County Juvenile Detention Center

King County Juvenile Detention Center

Valentina Gonzales-Marth wrote this piece as a guest writer for Real Change News.

Miles away from ‘the sunlit path of racial justice’

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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