Prison abolitionist, organizer, and activist
Laura Magnani is a prison abolitionist, organizer, and activist. She worked in the criminal justice field from 1971 until her retirement in September 2020. Since 1990, she served as director of AFSC’s Bay Area Healing Justice Program in California. Laura is the co-author with the late Harmon Wray of the 2006 volume “Beyond Prisons: A New Interfaith Paradigm for Our Failed Prison System.” She received her BA from the University of California in ethnic studies in 1971 and an MA from the Pacific School of Religion in 1982. She received an honorary degree from Haverford College in 2016. Laura is a member of Strawberry Creek Friends Meeting and is the new clerk of Pacific Yearly Meeting.
Laura will serve as the Fall 2021 Friend in Residence at Haverford College, being available for classroom visitations, community workshops, public talks, and meetings with student groups. She will be on campus the last week in October and the first week in November, final dates to be confirmed.
Possible topics for her events could include:
- Defunding the Police
- Prison Abolition and Reform
- Movement Building
- Centering the Voices of Impacted Communities
- The Truth About Solitary Confinement
- Women in Prison
- Healing Justice, Reconciliation, and Reparation
Photo: Laura Magnani