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Posts from February 2018

By: Morgan Cooper
Published: February 28, 2018
By: Kathryn Johnson
Published: February 28, 2018

Two years ago, I met with members of one of AFSC’s local peace networks in one of the more dangerous neighborhoods of San Salvador, El Salvador. I asked the group—mostly teenagers—to raise their hands if they had a family member who had migrated to the United States. Almost every hand went up.

I wasn’t surprised. I’ve heard from our staff in El Salvador about the violence, inequality, and lack of opportunity facing much of the country.

Working in both the U.S. and Central America makes me acutely aware of the many factors that force people to flee their home countries. It’s a...

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By: Carly Goodman
Published: February 23, 2018

Facebook has announced it is making changes to the way your News Feed displays stories. This change seems geared at addressing several controversies, including Facebook’s role in spreading “fake news,” promulgating hate speech, deepening information silos, and making users less happy when they use the site. Instead of prioritizing news and content from publishers, Facebook plans to show you more posts from friends and family. And it wants to keep you engaged...

By: Dina El-Rifai
Published: February 16, 2018

Last week, Foreign Policy published a draft report from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) that indicated the Trump administration plans to undertake long-term surveillance of Sunni Muslim immigrants in the United States. The report identified a broad group of individuals—including permanent residents and U.S. citizens—that DHS considers “vulnerable to terrorist narratives.” 

Which Sunni Muslim immigrants fit “at-risk” profiles, according to DHS? Those who are young, male,...

By: Steven Sacco
Published: February 15, 2018

Note: Ravi Ragbir, Immigrant rights activist, is one of many who was detained this year. He has since received an overwhelming amount of support with vigils, protests and rallies held for him. It is this and suing the federal government that made it possible for Ravi to win a temporary stay of removal. Below is Steven Sacco's message offered at one of those rallies in support of Ravi.