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Posts from April 2016

By: Alice Rothchild
By: Nia Eubanks-Dixon
Published: April 22, 2016

A few picks from AFSC staff this week:

“A year after Freddie Gray's death, a look at media's coverage of the Baltimore uprising,” by Kenrya Rankin, Colorlines

April 19 marked the one-year anniversary of the death of Freddie Gray and the uprising in Baltimore that followed. A new video shows what the media covered, what they left out...

Eastern State Penitentiary
By: Lucy Duncan
Published: April 21, 2016

“As time went by my heart would ache for strange things: the feel of cool grass under my feet, the feel of rain on my face, the smell of my son’s toes… If you were suddenly ripped from your life and put in a concrete box, what would you mourn? What would you ache for?” – Sara (Mariposa) Fonseca and Julia Steele Allen, from “Mariposa and the Saint.”

A few weeks ago I got to see the play, “Mariposa and the Saint: From solitary confinement, a play through letters,” performed at...

Passover Demonstration in 2011 in Boston
By: Brant Rosen
Published: April 21, 2016

Rabbi Brant Rosen recounts an experience of co-leading an interfaith Passover and Good Friday service with his friend Bob Thompson. They both reject the concept of redemptive violence and focus instead on healing and hope. - Lucy

With the Jewish festival of Passover coming up this week, I’ve been thinking about a truly sacred moment this time five years ago, when my friend, Reverend Bob Thompson, then of Lake St. Church in Evanston, held a joint Passover/Good Friday service. We both agree that this experience remains, to this day, one the most...

By: Mike Merryman-Lotze
Published: April 21, 2016

Aid organizations must speak out about the political roots of this humanitarian crisis or risk supporting the status quo. 

How would your life be affected if you didn’t have electricity for at least 16 hours each day? That’s the situation in Gaza where power is available for no more than eight hours per day, and residents live with rolling power cuts occurring on a constantly changing schedule.

Spend time with people in Gaza, and you see how they’ve shaped their lives around the availability of electricity. A student in Gaza told me...

By: Farajii Muhammad
Published: April 20, 2016

Nearly a year after protests shut down the city, we're starting to see signs of positive change.

What a difference a year makes. Three-hundred sixty-five days after the arrest and death of Freddie Carlos Gray, we are now remembering, reflecting, still asking, “Has anything changed?” 

The houses and buildings of Pennsylvania and North avenues , where the unrest took place, have been dilapidated for many, many years. Penn-North, as we call the intersection here, is a shadow of its former glory....