Omari Williams was only 19 when he was handed his first prison sentence. After his release at 21, he became part of a dauntingly high recidivism rate and returned to prison for a second time.
This summer, nearly two decades after he first entered the system, Omari once more found himself a free man after he was released from the Maryland Correctional Training Center (MCTC) in Hagerstown, Maryland. He is absolutely certain that he will not be returning for a third time, and one of the reasons is his involvement with AFSC’s Friend of a Friend project.
In July 2010 members of the male mentoring group in Logan, West Virginia, went on a camping and fishing trip on the New River.
The MARStar newsletter is published by the Middle Atlantic Region of the American Friends Service Committee. Read about one man’s desire to mentor young people as well as a recent intern’s experiences.
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.
We've already spent a trillion dollars on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. In the meantime, education budgets are being slashed in schools like this one:
You're more plugged into the communities you grew up in than policymakers in Washington—and The American Friends Service Committee and National Priorities Project are staging a video contest to find out what you would do if you had access to the Federal budget.
As poverty deepens, Buddhist monasteries have started schools to provide basic education to poor children who cannot afford to attend state schools.
In Myanmar (Burma) AFSC is supporting civil society efforts to improve livelihoods and to educate children. Myanmar is rich in land and natural resources, but is nonetheless among the poorest countries in the world. The average Myanmar family spends 75% of their income on securing adequate food supplies. Less than 50% of children complete primary school.
BAY-Peace activists celebrate victory at Oakland Unified School District, after a school board vote May 12 made OUSD the first district in the country to have a policy offering students the chance to OPT OUT of the private recruitment database known as JAMRS.
The PMRO Peace Building program, an active participant in AFSC’s National Youth and Militarism Task Force, works locally with a broad network to bring “truth in recruitment” work to local schools and communities and to counter disproportionate military recruitment in low-income communities of color.
Today, 80 Nargis orphans are gathered at a monastery for their monthly get-together. The children are learning to play a game called “Chickens and Eagles”. Young volunteers divide the children into groups of three and tell them to pretend to be “chickens”. Each time they hear, “Eagles are coming,” the little “chicks” quickly run into the arms of their "parents". Those who do not run back in time will be caught by the “eagles”.
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