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Posts from August 2016

By: Alice Rothchild
By: Nia Eubanks-Dixon
Published: August 19, 2016

As the second week of the 2016 Summer Olympics winds to a close in Rio, we take a look at some of the best writing on the web exploring the intersections of sports, oppression, and social justice.


From Fencing in a Hijab to Swimming for Refugees, These 5 Olympians Inspire Us, by Liza Bayless, via YES! Magazine


By: Matthew Lowen
Published: August 16, 2016

Nearly every weekday in Tucson, Arizona, up to 70 men and women from Mexico and Central America are brought before a judge in the Evo A. DeConcini Federal Courthouse. They are handcuffed and shackled around the ankles. Some are wearing the same clothes they crossed the desert in, sometimes limping or otherwise visibly injured.

In less than two hours—and sometimes as quickly as 30 minutes—all 70 or so of these immigrant sisters and brothers will have pled guilty to the misdemeanor criminal charge of improper entry and be remanded to a federal detention facility for as long as six...

By: Debbie Southorn
Published: August 10, 2016

Last month, youth filmmakers who are active in their communities gathered in Washington, D.C., and Baltimore to explore issues of militarization and grassroots resistance and to screen their films at the Humanize Not Militarize Youth Festival premiere event. Participants—who came from Los Angeles; Chicago; Indianapolis; Greensboro, North Carolina; and St. Louis—shared the lessons learned over the three-day gathering.

Here are their reflections, with additional information from AFSC staffer Debbie Southorn.

1. It’s good...

Photo of the Olympic rings near Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
By: Beth Hallowell
Published: August 9, 2016

Are you feeling concerned/freaked out by this election season? So are we.

Election coverage this year has shown our national discourse at new lows. Polls show that we're not the only ones who are tired of it: 6 out of 10 of us are already experiencing election fatigue, and it's only August. Which is probably why the Olympics coverage this weekend felt like a welcome...

By: Alice Rothchild
By: Nia Eubanks-Dixon
Published: August 5, 2016

From privatized medical services to court costs and fees, private companies are finding ways to make money off mass incarceration, with devastating consequences for prisoners, communities, and taxpayers. For a detailed look at who profits from the prison industry, check out our Investigate screening tool.