At the writing of this commentary, the Senate is on the verge of approving a final “deal.” AFSC staff have been attentive to news reports and chatter from inside the DC Beltway. What is clear is that the final Senate product will be much worse than anticipated, especially for southern border communities, and immigrant workers. No amount of positive amendments can improve the bill at this point. However the bill’s provisions are not the focus of this week’s commentary.
In the middle of May 2013, Kofi (whose name was changed for this story) was detained and deported to his home country in Africa. The family he left behind—including a girlfriend and two children—are struggling with his absence, unsure of their future or his fate. Listen to the story of this family, and hear how the AFSC community in Newark is speaking out against his deportation and others that tear apart families.
AFSC staff, interns and members of New Garden Friends Meeting travel to the NC state capitol to protest regressive policies
On June 3rd, AFSC-NC organized fourteen staff, interns and members of the New Garden Friends Meeting to travel to Raleigh to join 1,600 others to rally outside the North Carolina Legislature. The rally was the fifth “Moral Monday” organized by the North Carolina NAACP, to protest the regressive agenda being pushed through by the radically conservative legislature that cuts access to public education, health care, other social programs, and restricts voting rights.
This morning, May 17, we received this message from Elissa Steglich—a staff member of AFSC’s Immigrant Rights Program—about a client who is being detained and set to be deported by ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement).
AFSC Detention Attorney Amelia Wilson and AFSC volunteer attorney Natalie Prokop recently published an article in the University of Pennsylvania Journal of Law & Social Change on the issue of representing detained immigrants suffering from mental illness. Their article, “Applying Method To The Madness: The Right To Court Appointed Guardians Ad Litem And Counsel For The Mentally Ill In Immigration Proceedings,” examines the unique obstacles these individuals face in obtaining counsel and assisting in their own defense.
Friday, April 26, 2013 - 3:55pm - Wednesday, May 1, 2013 - 5:00pm
Rally, march, and celebration of resistance
People will rally at Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers hall and at 6 p.m. will march for immigration rights to the IBEW Local 5 Hall where there will be food, music, and dance from the many cultural and ethnic traditions that built Pittsburgh.
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