Michelle Alexander, a renowned author, civil rights attorney, and prison-reform advocate, delivered this keynote address on May 26 at “Edges of Justice,” an event held by the American Friends Service Committee in San Francisco. Only three days before, on May 23, the U.S. Supreme Court ordered California to greatly reduce its prison population after ruling that the state’s prison system was so overcrowded that it amounted to “cruel and unusual punishment.”
Dustin Washington coordinates the Tyree Scott Freedom School, which teaches young people about racism and how to organize to undo it, through his work at American Friends Service Committee's Seattle office.
Students from Baltimore’s Civitas School, participants in an AFSC Peer Mediation project, visit the White House
Our world views, as well as opportunities that are available, depend on our background. Definitions of peace, education and equality change according to the experiences of those defining the words. One factor that affects the way we live and relate to each other is race. Although it is not always a primary focus, the American Friends Service
Committee’s commitment to the dignity and worth of each person frequently fosters work on the complicated issues of racism and inequity.
The MARStar newsletter is published by the Middle Atlantic Region of the American Friends Service Committee. This issue explores conversations about race that staff members are having throughout the region. It also includes a letter from our new Interim Regional Director, Nina Laboy.
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
Where we work
AFSC has office around the world. To see a complete list see the Where We Work page.