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White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide

By Carol Anderson. Bloomsbury, 2016. 256 pages. $26/hardcover; $17/paperback; $18.99/eBook. [Buy on Quakerbooks] A lot of attention has been given to black rage, which we have seen most recently in street demonstrations following police shootings of unarmed black men. Historian Carol Anderson suggests that these demonstrations are the fire, while acts coming from white rage are […]

Patience Schenck is a member of Annapolis (Md.) Meeting and the Annapolis Human Relations Commission.


Posted in: Books, March 2017 Books, Race and Anti-Racism
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Le Flambeau School of Driving

By Peggy Senger Morrison. Unction Press, 2016. 314 pages. $15/paperback; $10/eBook. Rarely have I read a book focused on our Quaker “living experientially” that so skillfully and engagingly infuses a wide range of lived experiences—from ministry to motorcycling—with penetrating, and sometimes refreshingly unpredictable, spiritual insights. Peggy Morrison calls herself a “freelance provocateur of grace,” presenting […]

William Shetter is a member of Bloomington (Ind.) Meeting. He has recently written on the psalms as spiritual directors.


Posted in: Books, February 2017, February 2017 Books
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Bridging the Gap

Finding a way to communicate with those on both sides of violent crime.

Phyllis B. Taylor is a member of Germantown Meeting in Philadelphia, Pa. Besides her work with victims and the incarcerated, she is a wife, mother, and grandmother and a resource person for those facing end-of-life issues.


Posted in: Features, Quakers in the Workplace
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End Slavery for All

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John Andrew Gallery lives in Philadelphia, Pa. He can be contacted at jagphila@mac.com.


Posted in: September 2016, Viewpoint
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Crashing the Party: Legacies and Lessons from the RNC 2000

By Kris Hermes. PM Press, 2015. 336 pages. $22.95/paperback. The author, a legal worker (non-lawyer) member of the National Lawyers Guild, stated early on that he proposed “to write about the legal and political events as both a firsthand participant and an objective observer.” From what I knew from various accounts—the press, the National Lawyers […]

J. E. McNeil is a member of Friends Meeting of Washington (D.C.) and an attorney member of the National Lawyers Guild, off and on depending on the pressure to support military or violent solutions within the local chapter.


Posted in: 2016, Almost Quaker, Books, June/July 2016 Books, Uncategorized
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A Quaker Voice in Indiana

An interview with Grace Miller of Indiana Friends Committee on Legislation.

Grace Miller was born and raised in Indianapolis, Ind., (“Hoosier true through and through”) and grew up attending Irvington Meeting in Indianapolis. She believes that folks from Indiana are kind, loving, and warm people who are also serious and hard working. Grace was interviewed by Friends Journal associate editor Gail Whiffen Coyle.


Posted in: Features, Quakers and the Political Process
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Building a Movement to End the New Jim Crow: an organizing guide

By Daniel Hunter. The Veterans of Hope Project, 2015. 71 pages. $10/paperback; $4/eBook. A number of yearly meetings have been addressing the issue of mass incarceration, in some cases asking Friends to read Michelle Alexander’s book The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness and encouraging monthly meetings to hold discussion groups […]

Patience A. Schenck is a member of Annapolis (Md.) Meeting and author of two Pendle Hill pamphlets, including Living Our Testimony on Equality: A White Friend’s Experience.


Posted in: Books, January 2016 Books, Quakers and the Political Process
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Podcast reading of “Reducing Violence from Within”

From Reducing Violence from Within: In light of the numerous black civilian deaths by police this year, including those in Ferguson, Missouri; Cleveland, Ohio; and Staten Island, New York, the men of Sing Sing Worship Group have been reflecting on and discussing the query “How would we help our community reduce violence?” Because of their […]


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Keith Harvey presenting during a workshop titled "Journey through Our Criminal Justice System". Photo © Joe Hulihan

Mass Incarceration and #BlackLivesMatter

Quakers Connect as a Movement Builds

Madeline Schaefer worked as the Friends relations associate at American Friends Service Committee for two years from 2012 to 2014. She grew up attending Radnor (Pa.) Meeting outside of Philadelphia.


Posted in: Economic Justice and Poverty, Features
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Reducing Violence from Within

A minute by a group of men at Sing Sing Correctional Facility.

Sing Sing Worship Group has been meeting continuously each Sunday since 1987. It is also attended by Friends from monthly meetings in Purchase Quarter of New York Yearly Meeting. The following individuals contributed to the writing of this minute: Chaymarl Cormier, Frank Jackson, Kenneth Cole, Khary Bekka, Marvin Wade, Mulumba Kazigo, Nahshon Jackson, Robert Rose, Sayyed Bashar, Stephen Brathwaite, Steven Thomas, and Ti’Quan Davis.


Posted in: Economic Justice and Poverty, Features
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