Marcel Purnell has worked with AFSC in Seattle for three years.
Structural violence is rarely covered by school curriculums, but many students know they’re not learning the whole picture. In Seattle, Marcel Purnell and Dustin Washington provide an alternative education, equipping young people with organizing skills that they’re using to undo institutional racism.
Twenty-five young people, ranging from 15 to 21 years old, took part in this summer's Tyree Scott Freedom School in South Seattle.
In Seattle, AFSC’s Tyree Scott Freedom School brings together young adults to discuss issues of institutional racism, systemic poverty, and the prison-industrial complex, and to learn organizing skills to tackle these issues.
Please consider joining Councilmember O’Brien in Bertha Knight Landes on Friday, August 10 from 12:00-1:30 for a series of presentations and panel discussion with the students in the 2012 Tyree Scott Freedom School. This will be a great RSJI event and all are welcome to attend. Feel free to bring your lunch.
PRESENTATIONS – Freedom School students will give three short presentations on the following topics:
At the Freedom school, youth explored issues of Racism, poverty, militarism, community organizing and leadership development. This video contains interviews of youth and clips of actual Freedom School dialogues. Many youth attending this Freedom school are now active in Youth Undoing Institutional Racism (YUIR ).
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
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