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Quaker Action Spring 2013

Quaker Action Spring 2013

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Padre Jose Lamberto Lopez Rosas, speaking on behalf of the Archbishop of Tijuana as the keynote speaker at the Posada Sin Fronteras event.

Photo: AFSC/Benjamin Prado

This issue of Quaker Action highlights the ways current immigration policy affects the immigrant community and offers powerful stories of immigrants and allies working for change.

Read stories of today's immigrants of all ages and backgrounds, including youth in California and Iowa who are standing up to be included in policy and cultural conversations that affect them. Learn about the dangerous enforcement policies that AFSC has seen in our years working with border communities. And hear about one community's approach to welcoming newcomers.

We invite you to learn how you can add your voice to the current dialogue

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Nothing about us without us

The people at the center of debates on immigration issues are often unseen and unheard. In AFSC’s San Francisco office, Pablo Paredes is working with immigrant youth to change that.

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Q&A: Borders, not war zones

Pedro Rios, director of AFSC’s San Diego program, explains how the militarization of borders is ineffective, costly, and dangerous.

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Immigrant workers get wages back

When an employer stole wages from thousands of immigrant workers in Massachusetts, AFSC’s labor rights trainings inspired workers to fight for justice. 

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A Rust Belt city works for an immigrant-friendly future

Dayton, Ohio is making a statement: Ours is a city where everyone can contribute. Its 2011 Welcome Dayton resolution to be an immigrant-friendly city takes a positive, economically driven approach to integrating immigrants into the community as part of the city’s recovery.

But the resolution did more than make space for immigrant friendly policies; it is also building community among neighbors in a place that suffers from racial segregation and alienation.

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The right direction: Deferred action policy is not the final word for Dreamers

In June 2012, President Obama announced that immigrant youth who meet certain qualifications can apply for work permits through a program known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). Though this is a step in the right direction, more change is needed to create a just immigration system for young people.

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To heal the world: Building an immigrants' rights movement in Denver (podcast)

What do safe communities really look like? For AFSC in Denver, the answer can only be found by bringing together immigrants and non-immigrants to work together to ensure the fair treatment of all of the city's residents and work for equal human rights. 

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Please consider giving a special gift of $100 by June 30th, in recognition of AFSC’s nearly 100 years of building peace!