A tireless advocate for prisoner rights—and AFSC
Jack first encountered AFSC through his involvement with the antiwar move¬ment of the 1960s and ’70s. AFSC and other Quaker contacts helped train him as a draft counselor, and when he lost his teaching job because of his stance as a war tax resister, he began working for AFSC.
As a program staff member, he advocated against U.S. intervention in Central America, and worked for prison and immigration reform. Years later, he put his deep knowledge of and belief in AFSC’s mission and work to use as a fundraiser for the organization.
These days, Jack is as busy as ever, volunteering with prison visitation and books-behind-bars programs in Philadelphia. He also works to educate the public about systemic problems and abuses in the criminal justice system, such as the devastating impact of mass incarceration and immigrant detention on people of color.
“When I worked for AFSC, I saw how prisons were used as a form of repression to silence and intimidate advocates for justice,” he says. “I also learned how prisons are used as instruments of control against not just those who had committed a crime, but also against activist immigrants. In my prison visitation work, I’m constantly running into immigrants, and it’s alarming.”
He regularly encounters AFSC staff and supporters working on the same issues, which is one way he stays connected to the organization he cares so much about. He also stays connected as a loyal donor. The gift annuity that he and his wife, Deborah Frazer, established more than five years ago is a socially responsible investment that benefits both AFSC and the couple’s own financial future, he says.
“We like the way it works,” Jack says. “We’re guaranteed an income, but it also keeps us in close partnership with AFSC, which is able to use that gift for its work and helps keep the organization strong and stable.”
That sense of partnership with AFSC is key for Jack. “I just want to be part of the ongoing movement for social justice and human rights that AFSC has supported so faithfully for so long,” he says.