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Posts from April 2018

Published: April 26, 2018

Three young immigrant leaders share their journeys as part of AFSC's 67 Sueños program. 

"Ain't no power, like the power of the youth

'Cause the power of the youth, don’t stop - SAY WHAT?"

In Oakland, California, 67 Sueños works with marginalized undocumented youth and youth from mixed status families affected by high rates of violence, mass incarceration, deportation, and poverty. Using political education, trauma healing, artivism, and introducing them to alternative life changing experiences, 67 Sueños cultivates youth organizing and power...

By: Kathryn Johnson
Published: April 25, 2018

We can't let Trump use this humanitarian call to further militarize our border communities. 

By now, you’ve probably heard about President Trump’s response to the caravan of migrants traveling across Mexico to highlight humanitarian issues in Central America—and the rights of individuals to seek international protection.

In his tweets, Trump sought to dehumanize these men, women, and children, many of whom were escaping violence and seeking asylum and humanitarian assistance.

When I saw the coverage of the caravan, I saw courage, solidarity, and desperate...

Published: April 24, 2018

Last month, community members and organizations in the Bay Area won a major victory against police militarization in their neighborhoods, after years of advocacy and organizing. On March 27, the Stop Urban Shield Coalition successfully pushed the Alameda County Board of Supervisors to put an end to Urban Shield, an annual global weapons expo and SWAT training exercise for law enforcement around the...

By: Kimberly Krone
Published: April 19, 2018

“Solo Dios tiene derecho a quitar la vida,” se lamentó David Ramos, de 51 años. Su hijo primogénito, José, había sido asesinado por la policía militar mientras protestaba pacíficamente por el fraude en las recientes elecciones presidenciales en Honduras. Mientras escuchaba a David y a otros hablar sobre las heridas y asesinatos de sus seres queridos, las lágrimas brotaron en mis ojos. Me dolía el corazón por sus pérdidas y por Honduras, que también es la tierra natal de mi cónyuge.

Yo estaba visitando Honduras en enero como parte de...

By: Bonnie Kerness
Published: April 11, 2018

Note: In a very honest conversation, AFSC Prison Watch Coordinator, Bonnie Kerness, explores the different ways she believes one can experience sanctuary: in isolation, in groups and from within.

What is sanctuary, what is the definition? For me part of it is recognition. It is not only that we are housing an individual, it is that we recognize that individual. More broadly, it is about providing a safe space for impacted communities, including those inside prison. It is about giving them that space to speak, and giving them that personal recognition.