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Posts from December 2017

By: Ron Jenkins
Published: December 27, 2017

Editor's note: Larry White is the founder of AFSC's Hope Lives for Lifers project, which helps people incarcerated navigate long prison sentences. The project is based on White's survivor's manual of the same name, which he began working on while serving 32 years in prison. 

Currently, Hope Lives for Lifers is being piloted at New York's Eastern Correctional Facility. Participants meet for weekly group sessions on adjusting to the challenges of prison life and mapping out long-term goals related to spiritual growth, personal relationships, and educational and...

By: Pedro Rios
Published: December 20, 2017

The biblical story should remind us of migrants today seeking shelter to protect themselves and their families.

This weekend in San Diego and Tijuana, I gathered with hundreds at Friendship Park, which spans both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border. We came together for the 24th annual Posada Without Borders, to remember those who lost their lives crossing the border, and to call for humane and just immigration policies.

The Posada re-enacts the biblical story of Mary and Joseph, who were forced to seek shelter on the night of Jesus’ birth — much like many migrants...

By: Christina Elcock
Published: December 20, 2017

“My faith is tested frequently, because I want to believe in people.” 

Published: December 19, 2017

Over the past year, AFSC's Acting in Faith, News & Commentary, and Media Uncovered blogs have explored racial justice, immigrant rights, mass incarceration, and other issues to help people working for social change in their communities, across the country, and around the world. Here are our top 10 most popular blog posts published in 2017:


By: Dina El-Rifai
Published: December 12, 2017

Urgent action is needed to protect people in the countries affected by the ban, but instead the U.S. is choosing to follow a dark history of legalized oppression.

Last week, the Supreme Court ruled that the third version of the racist Muslim ban could go into effect while legal challenges against it continue. Until the lower courts make their decisions, the Trump administration can enforce restrictions on travel from eight countries—six of them majority Muslim. This means that the government can now deny visas for people from those countries indefinitely, even if they have a “bona...