In 1998, I was a budding anti-prison activist, volunteering for the American Friends Service Committee in Arizona (AFSC-AZ). I was fortunate enough to attend the very first Critical Resistance gathering in Oakland and learn that I was actually part of a movement—a vibrant, fierce, and committed group of people who, […]
Note: This blog originally appeared on The Opportunity Agenda’s ‘Insights’ page on August 21, 2018. Earlier this year, the Arizona office of the American Friends Service Committee had an interesting episode involving a Facebook exchange with the most powerful prosecutor in the state. Our office works to reduce the size […]
On this week’s blog, we’re exploring AFSC-AZ’s work through the eyes of our longtime volunteer, Ed Hunt. A former minister and native Wisconsinite, Ed’s been driving every week from Green Valley to Tucson to volunteer at our office for more than six years.
In the wake of the Trump administration’s zero-tolerance immigration policy, more than 2,500 children were separated from their parents and placed into detention “shelters” across the US. The cruelty of this policy has captured the world’s attention and unleashed a series of debates regarding human rights and criminality. […]
When I interviewed in February 2018 for the administrative assistant position here at AFSC-Arizona, I had believed Quakers—often referred to as “Friends”—to be the folks that provided the world’s most delicious oatmeal. Little did I know how involved they are in tackling social justice issues all over the […]
AFSC-Arizona’s #ReframingJustice Project believes the power of storytelling can reduce the size and scope of the criminal punishment system. Because human stories can change the narrative by vividly illustrating the tragedies of mass incarceration that occur every day. Neil Early’s story is one that must be told. Neil […]
Last month, KVOA Channel 4 (Tucson’s NBC affiliate) aired a story that discussed important issues related to the criminal punishment system, violence against women, and our role as a community. The issues brought to light concerns of safety and relationships, to which KVOA responded by asking: Do Arizona […]