Healing Justice

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2014 Interfaith Peace Service

Sunday, May 4, 2014 - 4:00pm

Sheila and Margaret

Sheila Garret and Margarate Hawthorn

Sheila Garrett and Margaret Hawthorn outside the NH State House before the Senate vote on death penalty repeal.

Margaret Hawthorn will speak on "Forgiveness as an Act of Self-Preservation" at the Henniker Peace Community's 30th annual Interfaith Peace Celebration.  The program will include music and readings from several faith traditions.  Margaret's daughter, Molly Hawthorn-MacDougall, was murdered in Henniker in 2010.  Since then, Margaret has insisted on responding to this awful act in a spirit of love.  

The Celebration is free and open to the public.  A potluck dinner in the parish hall will take place following the program.   

A profound spiritual crisis: Prison voices call for change

Note: Bonnie Kerness presented this talk at the Woodrow Willson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University in March. Her talk was one of a number of events organized around the exhibition of Artwork by Prisoners featuring the collages of Ojore Lutalo.  The announcement of the exhibit said,"Ojore, once a member of the Black Liberation Army, was incarcerated in the Trenton State Prison from 1986 though 2009.

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Chain Gang Women by Ojore Lutalo

Chain Gang Women by Ojore Lutalo

Chain Gang Women by Ojore Lutalo

Y.U.I.R. Weekly Meeting

Thursday, November 21, 2013 - 4:30pm - 6:30pm

Keynote speech at Seattle Race Conference

Participants from AFSC's Youth Undoing Institutional Racism and Juvenile Justice program were invited to deliver the keynote speech at the Seattle Race Conference in August 2013.

Michelle Alexander: Embracing humanity to bring down The New Jim Crow

Michelle Alexander points out that mass incarceration and the war on drugs is built on the foundation of demonizing people of color, particularly brown and black men and boys. A very strong thread in her message was that in order to end the system of mass incarceration in a way that keeps it from being reconstructed, all of us must be able “to see and value the humanity in one another.” 

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Michelle Alexander

Michelle Alexander

Michelle Alexander

Racial violence and the California hunger strike: A perspective from the inside

Sitwa Nantambu Jamaa CA Prisons Hunger Strike

Sitawa Nantambu Jamaa, in pictures taken in 2012 and 1988.  Photo: Adithya Sambamurthy

Editor's note: The California prisoners suspended the hunger strike on Sept. 5, 2013. Please visit http://afsc.org/program/bay-area-healing-justice for the latest information.

Catching the fire for healing justice, one Quaker congregation at a time

Criminal Justice reform is catching fire in Quaker communities around the country, in large part due to the publication and popularization of Michelle Alexander’s book, “The New Jim Crow.” The facts embedded in every page are undeniable and horrifying, and illustrate a truth that many have known for years, that these injustices are tied directly to this country’s history of slavery. It’s as if the book has finally made it okay for Quakers (and others) to speak up against injustice and to face our country’s past.

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Merion Meeting Group

Merion Meeting Group

Merion Meeting outside of Philadelphia.

Accompaniment: An experiment in healing justice

Laura Magnani, a member of Strawberry Creek Friends Meeting in Berkeley, Calif., and the director of AFSC’s Bay Area Healing Justice program, tells the story of how local Quaker congregations accompanied a formerly incarcerated man back into the community.

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Helping Hand 2

Helping Hand

Helping Hand

From the inside, out: Transforming Baltimore prisons

The Friend of a Friend mentoring program in Baltimore is doing more than providing support for incarcerated men; it is inspiring a movement for serious reform of the criminal justice system, from the inside out. 

Madeline Schaefer sits down with participants as they share stories of the program's success and their own transformation. By learning how to deal with conflict nonviolently, and by connecting with one another, participants are reclaiming their voices and speaking truth to power.

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Baltimore

Vacant row homes await demolition in Baltimore's Middle East neighborhood next to the expanding Johns Hopkins Medical Campus.

Maine and Burundi communities begin to heal through storytelling

Denise Altvater

Denise Altvater

Denise Altvater

Telling stories of violence and trauma can lay the foundation for healing and for reconciliation.

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