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By Bonnie Kerness
Published: June 23, 2015

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

In the mid 80’s I received a letter from Ojore Lutalo who had just been placed in the Management Control Unit at Trenton State Prison. He asked what a control unit was, why he was in there, and how long he would have to stay. We knew little of control units, except for the 1983 lockdown of the Marion Federal prison and what we learned from the many prisoners who reached out to the AFSC to mentor those of us trying to give voice to what was and is...

By Laura Magnani
Published: June 11, 2015

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. Before we sat in reflection groups to consider action planning...

By Lucy Duncan
Published: June 5, 2015

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.

Daniel Hunter is an organizer and strategist with...

By Kadija Diallo
Published: May 29, 2015

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

Kadija Diallo (KD): Your family immigrated here from Kenya. Can you tell me what that was like for you to move to the U.S. and to be in this new environment? What were some of the reasons your family left...

By Mich Gonzalez
Published: May 26, 2015

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. AFSC staff attorneys Mich Gonzalez and Lloyd Munjack...