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Sanctuary Spaces

Part of AFSC’s Sanctuary Everywhere initiative, the Sanctuary Spaces project highlights nontraditional spaces of refuge that are created by and for targeted communities. Local communities are defining for themselves what safety means and how to create it.

Read about some of the communities that have taken steps to create Sanctuary Spaces in the following stories.

Stories

Sanctuary Spaces: An introduction

AFSC's Lori Fernald Khamala talks about the concept of sanctuary spaces as a response to oppression.

A place for healing from incarceration

AFSC's New York  office is a safe space for people affected by the criminal justice system. 

Pushing back oppressive systems from the inside out

Larry White and Russell Tucker talk about how their programs seek to push back against oppressive system inside and outside prison.

A sanctuary atmosphere for people in solitary

Bonnie Kerness explores the different ways one can experience sanctuary: in isolation, in groups and from within.

Sanctuary Spaces: AFSC Freedom Schools

Joshua Saleem of AFSC St. Louis helps young people understand and dismantle institutional racism in Freedom Schools.

A place for healing from incarceration (part 2)

AFSC's New York  office is a safe space for people affected by the criminal justice system.

Pushing back oppressive systems from the inside out (part 2)

Larry White and Russell Tucker find saftey in AFSC's New York office space, and each have programs that seek to dismantle the oppressive system in and outside prison.