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Quaker Action Summer 2013

Dominque Stevenson and Wahid of Friend of a Friend
Photo: AFSC/Bryan Vana


From harm to healing: Changing the system, changing ourselves

In the summer issue of Quaker Action, read about people around the world who are changing criminal justice systems and transforming themselves as part of the movement for restorative justice.

You will see how, as people tell their truths and seek reconciliation, communities can begin to heal.

Watch the special online discussion held on July 17: "Profiteering on prisons"

From harm to healing
“We are healed and healing others. After the Healing and Rebuilding our Communities workshop, I...
Denise Altvater
Maine and Burundi communities begin to heal through storytelling

Telling stories of violence and trauma can lay the foundation for healing and for reconciliation.

Peter Martel in 1992, when he was 18.
One man's story of transformation through love, family, knowledge
Turning to love, learning to live Peter Martel spent 10 years in solitary confinement following...
Mike and Russell
Mentorship leads incarcerated men to leave violence behind

In Maryland, men siphoned out of Baltimore neighborhoods and into the prison system as part of the “War on Drugs” have fostered community and leadership development through the Friend of a Friend program. 

Two people embrace, leaning on each other
Why now is the time to change the U.S. prison system

Justice is best served by helping people heal and preventing further harm, says longtime California prisoner rights activist Laura Magnani. She argues that with growing momentum for change, now is the time to overhaul the U.S. prison system.

Broken on All sides cover
Dig deeper into healing justice: Read, watch, and get involved

Suggestions on what to read and watch to learn more about healing justice issues.

Cornelius Steelink in 1948 picketing against WWIII.
An AFSC partner for peace and justice
In good conscience Before Cornelius Steelink ever heard of AFSC, the seeds of his interest in...
Remembering Michael McConnell
Michael McConnell served as regional director for AFSC's Great Lakes Region starting in...
Prison privatization stopped in New Hampshire

In 2012, New Hampshire’s corrections department invited for-profit corporations to submit proposals to operate the state’s prisons. In response, AFSC and allies launched a statewide education campaign about for-profit prisons, which are associated with high levels of violence and reduced labor standards.

Young people outside the capitol
Snapshot: A look at AFSC around the world
Visit Flickr to see a selection of photos from AFSC's work around the world.