On June 22nd, 2015, a group of young people and AFSC staff from the DC Peace & Economic Justice Project and West Virginia's Appalachian Center for Equality (ACE) gathered for a week in order to discuss human rights and prepare for a day of meeting with elected officials. The DC Youth Human Rights Summit, a weeklong event now in its third year, was supported by Bethesda Friends Meeting as well as the Barrett Foundation.
Children know the names Freddie Gray, Michael Brown and Trayvon Martin. Middle school students understand police brutality and racism are serious problems in our society. They know violence can come from those they are supposed to trust. However, they also have a vision of peace and non-violence—a vision of what our cities might look like without war and police brutality.
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.
Students from South Region programs in North Carolina, West Virginia, New Orleans, Atlanta and Washington, D.C., gathered in the nation’s capital in June for a Human Rights Summit organized by Jean Louis Peta Ikambana director of the AFSC-DC program.
The students participated in workshops to prepare for meetings with their representatives on Capitol Hill.
A sense of rebirth and renewal is spreading throughout the South Region under the dynamic new leadership of Kamau Franklin. Kamau, a civil rights attorney who was named regional director in April, brings to AFSC his rich background in organizing at the grassroots level around issues of racial justice and civic engagement. He shares his vision for the region here.
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