For the second time in several months, racist flyers have been distributed in mostly white neighborhoods in Rhode Island. The first was in East Greenwich, the most recent on the East Side of Providence. In some ways it is not surprising that as the country grapples with institutional racism in the frequent killing of unarmed people of color by the police and subsequent Black Lives Matter Movement, that people who feel threatened by that effort will push back, sometimes in pretty intense ways.
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.
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.
AFSC's Mini Film Series wraps up on June 5 with the movie “Anne Braden: Southern Patriot." This Film Series brings L/light to systems that perpetuate racism and our role in disrupting it. No admission fee; donations welcome. More info: firstname.lastname@example.org or 651-789-3852. Location: Faith Mennonite Church, 2720 E. 22nd St., Minneapolis, 6:30-9:00 pm.
AFSC’s Mini Film Series continues on May 8 and wraps up on June 5. The next film (on May 8) is 500 Years Later, a provocative documentary that has won five Best Documentary awards in a number of international film festivals.
Sharon Goens is the Healing Justice Program Director for AFSC in the Twin Cities.
Wednesday April 16, 5:30-8:30pm (details about a meal TBA), at the AFSC office, 1671 Summit Avenue: The American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) invites all Friends from the Minneapolis-St Paul metro area who have a concern for racial justice to come to this gathering event. Have you been to the national White Privilege Conference, the statewide Overcoming Racism conference, or similar anti-racism events? Are you wondering how to get involved in racial equity and justice work?
March 6 marked the first day of AFSC Twin Cities Healing Justice Program’s Healing Justice Film Series. The series brings to light systems that perpetuate racism in our society today in order to create a conversation about our role in disrupting these systems. The first of the four films in the series was titled Traces of the Trade.
Real Change published this article about the Tyree Scott Freedom School in Seattle on Aug. 14, 2013.
Khalil Lee-Butler remembered the time a play fight turned into a run-in with the cops.
It was last year, and Lee-Butler was hanging in South Seattle with a 16-year-old friend. His friend’s younger brother, 14, joined them, and the two brothers started horsing around. Nothing serious, said Lee-Butler, but seemingly out of nowhere, the police showed up.
The Loving Story, a 2012 award winning documentary film, tells the story of Richard and Mildred Loving, little known heroes of the Civil Rights era. Often overlooked among historic civil rights leaders, Mildred and Richard Loving’s quest to live together as husband and wife in the state of Virginia was a pivotal struggle.
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