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Posts from November 2017

By: Debbie Southorn
Published: November 2, 2017

 #NoCopAcademy demands real investment in communities—and accountability for decades of police violence. 

Three years ago, a young Black teenager named Laquan McDonald was shot 16 times by a white Chicago police officer, Jason Van Dyke. Two years ago, the city was in uproar after discovering the roles that the mayor, chief of police, and state’s attorney played in covering up his killing. And just less than one year ago, a Department of Justice report reinforced what Black communities have known and organized against for decades—that the Chicago Police Department has a pattern and...

By: Christina Elcock
Published: November 1, 2017

If you are on social media, you have probably seen the #MeToo hashtag. It has been sparked by the numerous women who have come forward to voice the sexual abuse they’ve suffered from Harvey Weinstein. This, along with the previous sexual revelations about Trump, has caused an outcry for justice and encouraged everyday women from around the world to speak up about the abuse that they, too, have suffered at the hands of men. 

Last week, I spoke with male-identifying AFSC staff members, Michael Merryman-Lotze, Jordan Garcia and Joshua Saleem and asked them what...

Chris Crass with his son
By: Lucy Duncan
Published: November 1, 2017

On September 6th I had the enormous honor of getting to talk with Chris Crass, white anti-racist organizer and Unitarian Universalist. We had a wide ranging conversation about faith, organizing white people for racial justice, the status of racial justice among Quakers and Unitarian Universalists, and a lot more. We posted the conversation as a series of 5 blog posts. All of the posts are worth reading in their entirety, but...