In 2010 AFSC’s Healing Justice Programs in New England and New York held three gatherings to discuss the transition from “criminal justice” work to “healing justice” work. We continue this work with listening project in the Northeast so that individuals and communities harmed by violence and the institutions of criminal justice will heal and transform that harm into wholeness.
TThe documentary, "The Empty Chair," examines loss, punishment, and healing through four families' stories of a loss few of us could possibly comprehened: the murder of a family member and living through the aftermath. Renny Cushing, a resident of Hampton and Executive Director of Murder Victims Families for Human Rights, is featured in this film. Discussion follows film. The Culture of Peace and Nonviolence film series is co-sponsored by Pace e Bene Nonviolence Service, AFSC, Concord UU Church, Temple Beth Jacob, NH Peace Action, NH UCC Peace with Justice Advocates.
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.
For decades, children across the country were routinely wrenched from their families and stripped of their identities in state-sanctioned efforts to assimilate Native children by placing them in foster care. Now, Denise has helped open the way for a truth and reconciliation process in Maine.
The following are excerpts from a recent conversation with Denise Altvater, AFSC’s Wabanaki Program Coordinator in Maine. Keith Harvey, AFSC’s regional director in New England, hosted the telephone conversation, and several friends and supporters joined the call.
Keith: Denise, would you introduce yourself and your work?
This report provides examples of the work your generous support has made possible this year. As you read it, we are confident that the progress shown will fuel your optimism and determination. Thank you for being part of our community!
Please join Denise Altvater, Coordinator of AFSC's Wabanaki Program, for the inside story of the historic Truth and Reconciliation Process now underway in Maine. Learn about this extraordinary journey toward healing and forgiveness, and bring your questions for Denise!
Our host will be Keith Harvey, AFSC Regional Director in New England, who has launched a three part series of community conversations on the theme, The Haves, the Have-Nots and the Beloved Community.
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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