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SOAR takes flight: Youth protest across South Region

In January, AFSC staff and youth from across the South Region led protests and a national panel discussion to confront the issue of police violence and militarization in the United States.

Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday served as the launch date for SOAR (South Organizing Against Racism), which inspired youth-led events in over 15 cities including Baltimore, Washington, D.C., Greensboro, Miami and New Orleans.

A message from the South regional director: Spring 2015

Dear Family, Friends and Supporters,

On January 15th, Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday, AFSC South Region youth programs participated in SOAR (South Organizing Against Racism), a day of action against police violence and militarization.

Over 15 cities participated by publically demonstrating and conducting workshops on this important issue. In this ongoing moment of youth activism, we fully support young people and others in pressing the case against police violence and militarization.

"Dr. King's first fight was against the death penalty"

This column by Arnie Alpert ran in the Concord Monitor on January 19, 2014. 

Martin Luther King’s first fight was against the death penalty

By Arnie Alpert

8-2-13 Local News Briefs - Bus trip to Washington D.C. Announced - Akron Beacon Journal

 Local news briefs — Aug. 2

Published: August 1, 2013 - 09:04 PM

 
AKRON

King event Aug. 24

AKRON: The Akron NAACP and the American Friends Service are planning a bus trip to Washington, D.C., to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s I Have A Dream speech.

Friend of a Friend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day 2013 Community Tribunal (Baltimore, MD)

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.

Slideshow edit: Isaac Bunn
Photos: Bryan Vana

50 years later, making "The Dream" real

Today, February 4th, is the 100th birthday of Rosa Parks.  This year is also the 50th anniversary of Dr. King's "I Have a Dream" speech.  In 2013 we are still working to make that dream a reality, still working to end the more subtle remnants of the racism so visible 50 years ago.  Youth at today's press conference made very clear that it is an every day part of their experience.  Youth from PrYSM asked those in the room "How many of you have been profiled?  How many of you don't feel safe in your neighborhood when the police are around?

Keepers of the dream: Living the legacy

Rev. Phil Lawson: Building the Beloved Community

Rev. Phil Lawson

Rev. Phil Lawson has worked his entire life to ensure that there will be room enough in the beloved community so no one will be left outside to suffer and die in poverty on the streets, no one will be locked out by border walls, and no one will be denied entrance because of racial intolerance or homophobia. Read "Building the Beloved Community." 

Film screening: "MLK: A Call to Conscience"

Monday, January 14, 2013 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm

MLK @ lectern

Dr. King

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

As we remember and celebrate the life and vision of Martin Luther King, Jr., this month, we'll  revisit King's landmark speech, Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence.

In light of our nation's current policies, economic injustices, and commitments to the path of military violence around the world, King's prophetic words still provide a compelling call to action.

This 60-minute film contains archival footage, as well as interviews hosted by Tavis Smiley. A discussion will follow.

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