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Posts from March 2019

Khary NY
By: Sophia Perlmutter
Published: March 25, 2019

Khary Bekka is a native New Yorker from Red Hook, Brooklyn. He works for AFSC’s Healing Justice Program in New York City, which works with people affected by the criminal justice system. In 1993, Khary was sentenced to 25 years to life. He returned home in January 2019. He is an activist, storyteller, Quaker, and an advocate for restorative justice.

Sophia: What does being a Quaker mean to you?

Khary: Being a Quaker means being on the social front with a faith & practice that moves us towards championing social causes, that's an...

By: Mike Merryman-Lotze
Published: March 25, 2019

Palestinian children in Gaza. Photo: Lucy Duncan/AFSC 

On Nov. 12, 2019 the Israeli military assassinated Baha Abu al-Ata, a leading member of Islamic Jehad in Gaza, and his wife—sparking more violence in Gaza. Shortly after the killing, Islamic Jehad fired rockets into Israel. In response, Israel has launched extensive bombing attacks on Gaza, killing at least 34...

By: Lida Shepherd
Published: March 22, 2019

West Virginia, like many other states, has experienced a dramatic increase in the prison population over the last few decades. And once people finish serving their sentence, they continue to face punishment for their criminal conviction –confronting many barriers while transitioning to life outside of the prison walls. 

For tens of thousands of West Virginians and many more people across the United States, a criminal conviction  severely limits their access to food, housing, education, employment, travel, and recreation. And that impacts the lives of their children and families, as...

By: Kathy Hersh
Published: March 21, 2019

Sign the petition to stop immigrant child detention today and help us get 100,000 signatures!

As I stood across the street from the Homestead detention center for immigrant children, I tried to imagine what it must be like for the Central American teenagers incarcerated in this “temporary” shelter on federal land near Miami. Very few visitors have been allowed inside, and fewer still have been able...

By: Mary Zerkel
Published: March 15, 2019

Let’s make visible the domestic war on terror and work to end it once and for all.

As an anti-war activist and mother, for many years I’ve been acutely aware that we have been at war my teenage daughter’s entire life. March 20 is the 16th anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq. We are now living in a time when an entire generation of young people — including new Marine recruits and newly registered voters — have grown up with war as a routine condition. And most...

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