Making New Worlds – Pursuing Peace with Justice

April 11, 2021 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Quakers, AFSC, and abolition: Then and now

Presenters include: historians Marcus Rediker and Katharine Gerbner, formerly incarcerated long term AFSC volunteer Bob Eaton, formerly incarcerated Quaker abolitionist Khary Bekka and one of the founders of the Quaker abolition network, Jed Walsh.  Moderated by Lewis Webb and Lucy Duncan

We examine the powerful witness of earlier Friends, the reality of Quaker complicity with slavery and the creation of the penitentiary system, and AFSC’s 1978 minute on penal abolition. We will also hear from contemporary Quaker abolitionists and AFSC staff who will tell their stories and reflect on what this means for Quakers and AFSC today.

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