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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.

Jan 24, 2015

Freedom Summit live: Demonstrators raise signs, perform street theater   (Des Moines Register)
AFSC's "Governing Under the Influence" campaign uses street theater to bring attention to the influence of corporate money on politicians and elections.
Neto's Tucson: Incarceration costs undercut state's well-being   (Arizona Daily Star)
The editor of Tucson's Spanish-language newspaper weighs in on why Arizona should stop expanding the prison system and highlight's AFSC's work to make this happen.

Jan 21, 2015

Dreaming and working for a real democracy after Citizens United ruling   (Cleveland Plain Dealer)
Op ed from AFSC's Greg Coleridge on the anniversary of the Citizens United decision and how corporate influence in politics undermines democracy.
Why Is This Man Claiming Sanctuary From the Feds in a Church?   (Newsweek)
Arturo Herndandez Garcia was acquitted on all charges for defending himself from a racist attack, but now the U.S. is trying to deport him. AFSC is trying to stop that from happening.

Jan 20, 2015

Local youth activists hold ‘Day of action against police violence’   (Louisiana Weekly)
AFSC partners with young activists and African American fraternities and sororities to host a "Day of Action to End Police Violence" in New Orleans.

Jan 19, 2015

Group to support family, other programs   (Herald-Dispatch)
AFSC's West Virginia Economic Justice Project works with the Out Children Our Future campaign to protect funding for children, families, and the environment.

Jan 18, 2015

Unique deal to detain migrants nets Eloy $438,000   (AZ Central)
The federal government is paying an Arizona city to manage a for-profit prison in Texas. AFSC's Caroline Isaacs speaks out against the plan.
Money Trail: Trained in bird-dogging, voters learn to press candidates   (Concord Monitor)
AFSC trains "bird dogs" to press presidential candidates about the influence of corporate money on public policy.

Jan 17, 2015

The state of felony disenfranchisement in America   (MSNBC)
As President Obama prepares for his 2015 State of the Union address, AFSC's Lewis Webb reflects on the millions of U.S. citizens who are barred from the polls because of their criminal records.

Jan 16, 2015

Greensboro march focuses on police behavior   (Greensboro News and Record)
Communities gather on Martin Luther King Day to protest police brutality and racial profiling at a rally organized by AFSC.
Activist groups hold protest against immigration policy   (Miami Herald)
Members of AFSC and others hold a demonstration in Miami to stand with immigrant communities and to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
As Bush and Romney Battle, Can Rand Paul Sneak Through In New Hampshire?   (Bloomberg)
AFSC's Arnie Alpert questions presidential candidate Rand Paul about corporate investment in militarism and war.

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