Article by Mike Murphy, AFSC KC Program Committee member
This year’s Visions of Peace at the Crossroads Festival was another rousing success. The Festival took place on June 7th, the first Friday of the month. First Friday is the time for the monthly art walk in The Crossroads District, and attendees of the Festival were a healthy mixture of peace activists and art enthusiasts who just happened upon the event.
Kansas City Area School and Youth Groups are Invited to take advantage of powerful opportunity for youth develolpment and leadership
AFSC's Youth Civic Engagement work in Kansas City had a great year and we are looking for groups to collaborate with for programs for 2013-2014. We anticipate that after this year's excellent experiences we will have many more requests from groups wishing to participate next year, so contact us soon.
American Friends Service Committee’s (AFSC) “If I Could Change the World” Spoken Word project is getting attention all over the Kansas City area. AFSC Program Coordinator Ira Harritt and Peace Interns Joshua Smith, Isabella Fassi, and Pearl Webb, carried out the project to encourage and engage young people in social action. The project was conducted in collaboration with The Writers Place and area spoken word artists.
Jasmine Murphy, sophmore at Logan High School, speaking up for prison reform
Editor's note: Not long after Jasmine addressed the legislature, SB 379—the state's prison overcrowding bill—was passed. It gives judges the authority to grant early releases to nonviolent offenders, categorizes offenders in terms of risks vs. needs and treating them appropriately, and addresses technical parole violations that shorten time spent back in prison.
“I want to share with you a little bit about my life because I hope that maybe if I speak up, people who make the decisions that affect so many people’s lives will listen.”
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