After a multi-year campaign highlighting the positive contributions of immigrants and refugees to the Greater Dayton, Ohio community, the city made history recently by unanimously approving a comprehensive “Welcome Dayton” plan. Dayton officials say the plan focuses on making the community “one that treats all people kindly, fairly and humanely,” as Mayor Gary Leitzell put it.
During this holiday season, one little girl in New Jersey is getting a special present: a literal chance at life. Five-year-old Yarelis Bonilla has an acute form of leukemia and her best chance of survival is a bone marrow transplant. After her family was tested, she was lucky that her seven-year-old sister, Gisselle, is a perfect match. However, while Yarelis is an American citizen, her sister lives in El Salvador, and the United States denied two requests for a visa.
For decades, the American Friends Service Committee has worked with immigrants and prisoners in this nation, highlighting the often malicious treatment they face. In 2011, the private prison industry advocated for increasing detentions in many states. AFSC’s research has shown that private prisons have little accountability and poor safety conditions. We oppose profiting off human misery, and have worked to improve prison conditions and reduce the number of people detained.
See all the 2011 Movies without Borders short films at AFSC in North Carolina's YouTube channel.
The stories of Ajay and Isabela, Mimi and Tino, Dal and Raj, Essa and Fernando – told by themselves in short videos - captivated the audience of more than 100 people during the third Movies without Borders Gala in late October.
MADBURY, NEW HAMPSHIRE --- A celebration of Indonesian Independence Day at the Madbury Town Hall on August 13 included an opportunity for members of the region’s Indonesian community to learn about their rights and also enabled members of the wider community to learn how it came to pass that the Dover, New Hampshire area became home to more than a thousand Indonesian immigrants.
José Chavez, Minerva Mendoza, and Juan Santiago are all energetic young leaders, dedicated to working for immigration justice and widening horizons for their families and neighbors. When they were chosen to inaugurate a new, year-long apprenticeship program developed by AFSC's Pan Valley Institute (PVI) in Fresno, CA, they already had the experience and contacts that are an organizer's basic tools. It was exactly this experience that prepared them to learn and grow in the program, and to directly apply what they were learning in their own communities.
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