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We are pleased to announce that our new video is complete! Hannah Yackley, our John Looney Peace, Justice and Nonviolence intern, produced and narrated the short (less than 4 minutes) but packed video. She did a wonderful job! With attention spans being what they are these days, 4 minutes is better than 40 minutes for being watched in large numbers.

Please forward far and wide via email and social media.

Watch "Breaking Down the Box," which examines the use of solitary confinement in U.S. prisons.

This 40-minute documentary explores the mental health, racial justice, and human rights implications of this inhumane practice. And it serves as a call to action for communities of faith to engage in the growing nationwide movement for restorative alternatives to isolated confinement that prioritize rehabilitation, therapeutic interventions, and recovery.

AFSC Healing Justice staffers Laura Magnani and Jerry Elster are among those interviewed.

Produced by filmmaker Matthew Gossage. More resources at National Religious Campaign Against Torture. 

Produced by filmmaker Matthew Gossage, the film examines the mental health, racial justice and human rights implications of the systemic use of solitary confinement in U.S. prisons.

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Angela, who won her Sanctuary case in Philadelphia, toured to visit Arturo, Misael and Rosa. This is a video of Misael and Angela singing in Sanctuary.

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Broadcasting from Denver, Colorado, Amy Goodman visits the First Unitarian Society Church to meet Arturo Hernández García, an undocumented immigrant and father of two. Since October, García has sought sanctuary at the church as he fights his deportation. We also hear from his nine-year-old daughter Andrea, a United States citizen. Her status means he may be allowed to stay in the country under President Obama’s new deferred action program starting in May — if he is not deported before then. We also hear from Beth Chronister, assistant minister at the First Unitarian Society Church in Denver, and activist Jennifer Piper of the Metro Denver Sanctuary Coalition, who helped García enter sanctuary.

In October 2014, Arturo Hernandez Garcia was supposed to report to be deported back to Mexico. Instead, he took sanctuary inside Denver's First Unitarian Church, while family and advocates on the outside fight for a stay of removal. Kevin Beaty, of Westword, takes a look inside Hernandez Garcia's struggle.

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What can men do to help redefine masculinity?

Martin Friedman, Kenyon Farrow, Hector Cortez and Darnell Holter offer suggestions for ways that men can help to redefine masculinity.

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Why do Quakers care about Israel-Palestine? This video explores that question.   

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Carina Gonzalez entered this video in AFSC Iowa's Immigrants Voice Program Youth Video Scholarship.

She says, "I have hope that something more awaits me, no matter the amount of barriers I will have to get through to reach my goal. Because just like anyone else, I've got potential to get to where my heart desires."

For more information about AFSC Iowa's work with immigrant youth, please contact Claudia Thrane at

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