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Posts from November 2016

By: Carly Goodman
Published: November 29, 2016

Immigrant advocates, including at AFSC, have argued forcefully that describing people as “illegal” divides communities and dehumanizes immigrants. By framing the central problem with U.S. immigration as an issue of legality, anti-immigrant policymakers and activists have built support for militarized border enforcement and mass deportation - even though most people support policies that provide a pathway to citizenship.

Despite efforts to “drop the I word,” the term still shows up in mainstream news...

Published: November 23, 2016

Just four days before Thanksgiving—a holiday that for many symbolizes the genocide of Native people in the U.S.—law enforcement in North Dakota launched a brutal assault on the Standing Rock Sioux and their allies. Hundreds of people who had peacefully assembled to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline were blasted with water cannons, hit with concussion grenades and rubber bullets, and doused with tear gas. This week, What We’re Reading takes a look at the protests in Standing Rock in the context of 500 years of indigenous resistance to colonization and genocide.



By: Rabbi Lynn Gottlieb
Published: November 22, 2016

As Thanksgiving approaches and Native people and allies face being assaulted by water cannons and rubber bullets for trying to clear a road on their own land, Rabbi Lynn Gottlieb prepares to travel to the region and offers this reflection on the situation. An AFSC delegation traveled to Standing Rock in September and produced this report reflecting on the situation and on what those who wish to support can do. AFSC Friends Relations is hosting...

By: Carly Goodman
Published: November 18, 2016


During the election, we all saw awful comments on Facebook about immigration, suggesting that immigrants don’t belong. We dug through some of these comments, and drawing on recent research, put together tips for the best ways to counter negative, dehumanizing comments about immigration. First,...

Published: November 18, 2016

By Coloradans for Immigrants Rights, a project of AFSC

Tips for keeping your cool and opening the door for much-needed dialogue this holiday season  

Holidays are supposed to be a time for families to come together, to share food, and to nostalgically retell stories about years gone by. But after a divisive election like this one—on top of frantic travel and other stresses of everyday life—you may find yourself being curt with the people you love. Especially people like your conservative Uncle David, who wants to talk about immigration before you even get to the cranberry...