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A message from the South regional director: Spring 2015

A message from the South regional director: Spring 2015

Published: April 3, 2015

South regional director Kamau Franklin (right) with South Executive Committee clerk Nikki Vangsnes.

Photo: AFSC / Bryan Vana

Dear Family, Friends and Supporters,

On January 15th, Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday, AFSC South Region youth programs participated in SOAR (South Organizing Against Racism), a day of action against police violence and militarization.

Over 15 cities participated by publically demonstrating and conducting workshops on this important issue. In this ongoing moment of youth activism, we fully support young people and others in pressing the case against police violence and militarization.

SOAR’s first day of action not only captured the spirit of the moment but also offered valuable conversations and strategies for how to move this work forward. For our youth programming, this day offered an opportunity to build relationships and become better community organizers.

Looking forward, we as a region will continue to support our programs that are working to engage the larger structures that hold power over our lives.

Please take a look at our spring 2015 installment of the South Star, which provides coverage of SOAR and stories about other important work happening in our region.

- Kamau Franklin, AFSC South regional director