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Feb 20, 2015

Pentagon's Disclosure of Looming Offensive On Mosul Raises Concerns Over Civilian Impact   (Common Dreams)
As U.S. and Iraqi forces prepare for a spring offensive against ISIS combatants, analysts warn that increased militarism will exacerbate an already violent situation.

Feb 19, 2015

American Friends Service Committee 'deeply disturbed' over Texas court ruling blocking immigration executive action   (Providence Journal)
A Federal Judge in Texas effectively halts Obama's executive order on immigration.

Feb 18, 2015

The March For Campaign Finance Reform Has Only Just Begun   (boston.com)
"New Hampshire Rebellion" marchers protest Citizens United and learn bird-dogging skills from AFSC.
Immigration Reform: While Courts Battle Executive Action, State Laws For Undocumented Immigrants Face New Threats   (International Business Times)
Nationally and locally, immigrant rights activists win major victories but now face legislative and judicial pushback.

Feb 17, 2015

Obama to Congress: Rubber-Stamp My Perpetual War   (Truthout)
President Obama seeks a new Aurhtorization for Use of Military Force for ongoing military action in Iraq and Syria.
Right-to-Work debated again   (Union Leader)
AFSC's Arnie Alpert speaks out against New Hampshire legislation that undermines workers' ability to form a union.
Activists Can’t Stop the Youth Detention Center. So What Now?   (Seattle Weekly)
As plans to build a controversial youth detention center move forward, AFSC's Dustin Washington voices disappointment but vows to continue the struggle against the prison industrial complex.
Ugandan youth nominated for 2015 Nobel Peace prize   (Sudan Tribune)
AFSC nominates Victor Ochen, childhood victim of war and founder of the African Youth Initiative Network, for the 2015 Nobel Prize.

Feb 13, 2015

Undocumented Father Finds Sanctuary in Denver Church to Fight Deportation to Mexico   (Democracy Now)
After 115 days, Arturo Hernandez Garcia is still taking sanctuary in a Denver church to avoid deportation. Democracy now interview Arturo, along with his family and AFSC's Jennifer Piper.

Feb 12, 2015

Doug Ducey: ill-informed big spender   (Arizona Republic)
Arizona moves forward with for-profit prison plan despite evidence from AFSC and others showing private prisons are costly and dangerous.

Feb 11, 2015

PAC money distorts politics, caucuses   (Des Moines Register)
As Political Action Committees spend big money to influence elections, Iowans organize to stop politicians from "Governing Under the Influence."

Feb 10, 2015

Obama Seeks Broad Powers to Wage Geographically Limitless War On ISIS   (Common Dreams)
Analysts raise alarm at presidential proposal for congressional authorization, which would allow for further troop deployments and years of intervention.

Feb 9, 2015

Iowans can raise the most important issue of all   (Capital Times)
In Iowa, AFSC's "Governing Under the Influence" campaign challenges presidential candidates to address corporate power, military spending, and mass incarceration.

Feb 7, 2015

Legislature threatens W.Va. with race to the bottom   (The Charleston Gazette)
West Virginia Program Director Rick Wilson weighs in on new legislation attacking workers' rights.
Iowa Voters Want End to "Governing Under the Influence"   (KMA Land)
In Iowa, AFSC mobilizes the grassroots to ask presidential candidates tough questions about the influence of corporate money in the federal government.

Feb 6, 2015

How do we reform the SPD?   (Capitol Hill Seattle)
Capitol Hill Seattle interviews activists and politicians about curbing police violence. AFSC's Dustin Washington weighs in.
"It Feels Like Hell Is Breaking Loose": Voices From Solitary   (Gawker)
A report issued by the American Friends Service Committee details the firsthand experiences of men and women who have spend decades in isolation in U.S. prisons.

Feb 5, 2015

Former N.Y. governor Pataki talks politics in Concord   (Concord Monitor)
AFSC staffer puts presidential candidate George Pataki on the spot by asking him about the "detention bed mandate" that keeps private detention centers full.

Feb 4, 2015

How to Get Serious About Ending the ISIS War   (Foreign Policy in Focus)
Raed Jarrar weighs in on what is needed to build long-term alternatives to war in Iraq and Syria.
State letting private prisons hold your wallet hostage   (Arizona Republic)
The Governor of Arizona wants to invest millions in a new 3000 bed for-profit prison. Social justice advocates have a different idea.

Feb 2, 2015

B is for Billion: What Military Cuts?   (Common Dreams)
In this op ed, Raed Jarrar explains that a better grasp on how much our government actually spends on the military might be the first step to an honest debate about budget priorities.
Raed Jarrar: Obama's budget spends 58% of discretionary spending on military   (Talk Nation Radio)
AFSC's Policy Impact Coordinator breaks down Obama's budget proposal and discusses why we need to shift away from military spending.

Jan 29, 2015

Here's what it's like to be a DREAMer in the state with congress' most anti-immigrant member   (Fusion)
Hector Salamanca and Kenia Calderon Ceron--both young activists with AFSC's Des Moines Program--reflect on organizing for immigrant rights in Iowa.

Jan 28, 2015

Public employers would need to verify workers   (Union Leader)
An anti-immigrant bill that would require public employers to verify citizenship status meets opposition fro legislators and advocates in New Hampshire.
The only race that matters   (Real Change News)
On Martin Luther King Day, AFSC's Jelani Brown speaks out about his experiences with racism, police brutality, and the growing movement in Ferguson.

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