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CFSC releases new handout exploring alternatives to prison

What would a world without prisons look like? This provocative question is addressed in a new double-sided handout released in October.

The handout, Alternatives to Prison, highlights community-based sentences, Restorative Justice, education, employment, and training, addiction and mental health services, Healing Lodges, and what can be done about the “dangerous few.”

You can see it online at https://quakerservice.ca/AlternativestoPrison, download it in PDF (which may be easier to read), or contact our office for print copies.

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Year end fundraising drive in full swing

It's hard to believe that we're already in November! We send our deep thanks to everyone who has donated to CFSC's annual fundraising drive to help essential peace and social justice work continue in 2020. If you haven't done so yet, please take a look at our 2018-2019 Annual Accountability Report and donate to support justice and peace: https://report.quakerservice.ca

Proposed legislation a crucial step toward reconciliation in BC

We were very pleased to see that Bill C-41 was tabled by the Government of British Columbia. C-41 requires BC to collaborate with Indigenous peoples to develop an action plan and then implement the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

BC is poised to create a legal framework to address the legacy of colonialism in provincial laws and policies. Without C-41, laws and policies continue to deny Indigenous peoples and individuals their basic human rights. C-41 would create a collaborative process to ensure that BC laws finally live up to human rights standards.

We hope BC legislators will work together to pass this Bill, and that other provinces will follow the important lead that BC has set. Read a joint statement about C-41 at: https://quakerservice.ca/news/proposed-legislation-a-crucial-step-toward-reconciliation-in-bc

Media coverage and western Canada speaking tour

In the last month, CFSC's Peace Program Coordinator Matt Legge has been interviewed for the radio twice: 98.5 CKWR in Kitchener, Ontario, and 101.9 CFUV in Victoria, BC. He was also interviewed in print for The Big Edition in Kamloops, BC. All the buzz is about CFSC's new book Are We Done Fighting? Building Understanding in a World of Hate and Division.

Matt is now on the road speaking about key findings on how everyday people can respond creatively to rising hate and polarization. Additional dates and times may be announced so for the most up-to-date information about the tour check CFSC's Facebook page or the book's website https://AreWeDoneFighting.com

These events are all free and open to the public. Please come out if you can or share the news with others who you think may be interested.

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