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Posts from March 2018

By: AFSC
Published: March 30, 2018

This week, Linda Brown—who was at the center of Brown v. Board of Education, the landmark case that led to school desegregation—died at the age of 76. We take a look at her legacy, and what young people are doing today to confront violence and racism in schools.

Linda Brown, Whose Landmark Lawsuit Led to School Desegregation, Dead at 76, by Monique Judge via The Root

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By: Christina Elcock
Published: March 29, 2018

Larry White and Russell Tucker served 32 and 23 years in prison, respectively. They tirelessly seek to reform the criminal justice system. Larry is the founder of Hope Lives for Lifers and a public speaker on prison issues and preventing recidivism. Russell works for Phoenix House, a drug rehabilitation and re-entry program that works on inner reflection and reform. In the first of this two–part interview they share stories from life inside prison and how they’ve found strength, safety, and growth through AFSC.  

Christina: How do you push back against the...

By: Lewis Webb, Jr.
Published: March 22, 2018

Note: Lewis provides sanctuary at AFSC's New York City office for currently and formerly incarcerated individuals, and provides safe space for young people in AFSC's Liberation Summer camp program who have a parent or sibling in prison. In this piece he reflects on what those spaces have meant for participants and for him. – Christina 

Often, you're only allowed to tell your story as a poster person and then you're pushed to the side while the academics and "experts" do the work. This space has provided a different approach: to engage every individual who has come with the...

By: Carly Goodman
Published: March 16, 2018

Everybody should feel safe and at home in our communities. But harsh immigration enforcement measures tear families apart and make all of us less safe. That’s why some cities have enacted a range of “sanctuary” policies that help protect members of our communities from detention and deportation by limiting the cooperation of local law enforcement with federal immigration agents. Now sanctuary cities are in the news because the Trump administration has filed a lawsuit against the state of...

Lewis Webb at his office in New York City.
By: Lewis Webb, Jr.
Published: March 15, 2018

Note: Lewis provides sanctuary at AFSC's New York City office for currently and formerly incarcerated individuals, and provides safe space for young people in AFSC's Liberation Summer camp program who have a parent or sibling in prison. In this piece he...