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Eastern State Penitentiary
By: Lucy Duncan
Published: June 5, 2015

Below is an excerpt from a plenary session at the recent Ending mass incarceration and the New Jim Crow conference at Pendle Hill. Michelle Alexander was interviewed by Daniel Hunter and Jondhi Harrell. This excerpt has been edited for focus and for the written page, so that it flows more easily. Watch the video below to hear the full, very rich conversation.

Daniel Hunter is an organizer and strategist with...

Migwe Kimemia
By: Kadija Diallo
Published: May 29, 2015

This is an interview by volunteer writer Kadija Diallo of Migwe Kimemia, director of AFSC's Peace and Trade Justice program in Dayton, Ohio. Migwe discusses the development of the program and the spiritual basis for his work. - Lucy

Kadija Diallo (KD): Your family immigrated here from Kenya. Can you tell me what that was like for you to move to the U.S. and to be in this new environment? What were some of the reasons your family left Kenya?  

South Texas Family Residential Center
By: Mich Gonzalez
Published: May 26, 2015

Staff members of AFSC’s Immigrant Rights Program in Newark joined advocates from across the nation in a protest against the family detention policies of the US government on May 1 in Dilley, Texas.  The Corrections Corporation of America, a for-profit company, runs the largest immigrant family detention center in the United States in Dilley that will detain up to 2400 mothers and children. AFSC staff attorneys Mich Gonzalez and Lloyd Munjack and...

By: Greg Elliott
Published: May 21, 2015

Note: Lucy Duncan came back from visiting Quaker meetings in South Florida with Saul Aleman really excited about his energy for the migrant rights movement, for using nonviolence as a tool for change, and for telling stories and bringing forward migrant voices to change the narrative around immigrants in this country. She described Saul as someone who you felt had the energy to make real change, who seemed to be at the center of many actions while including and supporting the leadership of many people.  She suggested that I interview him. I found his energy infectious...

Somali immigrant protest with mounted police
By: Sahar Vardi
Published: May 13, 2015

Note: Sahar Vardi serves as Coordinator of AFSC's Israel program working with refusers to military service and against militarism within Israel. She attended a recent protest focused on recent killings and abuse of Ethiopian Jews in Israel. This is her reflection on it and its connection to the movement against police brutality, the Black Lives Matter movement, in the United States. - Lucy

On Thursday April 30th at 4PM, a few dozen Ethiopian Israelis gathered for a protest in front of the police headquarters in Jerusalem. The protest was prompted by the...