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Posts from April 2018

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. 


By: Jennifer Bing
Published: April 10, 2018

Note: This action event in Chicago was organized in three days and supported by these Chicago area organizations: American Friends Service Committee, American Muslims for Palestine, Committee for a Just Peace in Israel and Palestine, Jewish Voice for Peace, Middle East Task Force/Chicago Presbytery, US Palestinian Community Network.

Why are we here, people ask us?

We are here in the cold streets of Chicago because we are outraged that our elected leaders are silent when Palestinians nonviolently protesting for their rights are gunned down by Israeli snipers and...

By: Kathryn Johnson
Published: April 6, 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...

By: Christina Elcock
Published: April 3, 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 second installment of this two–part interview they share stories from life inside prison and how they’ve found strength, safety, and growth through the American Friends Service Committee.


By: Kimberly Krone
Published: April 3, 2018

“Only God has the right to take a life,” lamented 51-year old David Ramos. His first-born child, Jose, had been killed by military police while peacefully protesting fraud in the recent presidential election in Honduras. As I listened to David and others speak about the injuries and killings of their loved ones, tears welled up in my eyes. My heart ached for their losses and for Honduras, which is also the homeland of my spouse. 

I was visiting Honduras in January as part of a 50-member...