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Posts from May 2018

By: Joe Watson
Published: May 31, 2018

How we talk about social justice issues matters. In Arizona, the American Friends Service Committee works to fundamentally change our system of criminal punishment. We challenge criminalization, oppose prison expansion, and advocate to reduce the size and scope of the system, including both physical places of incarceration, and systems of control, surveillance, and supervision. 

In this work, we often encounter journalists who are eager to understand this work and allies who want to support it. But sometimes the way people talk and write about incarcerated people and the criminal...

By: Mike Merryman-Lotze
Published: May 29, 2018

Hold Israel accountable for killing Palestinian protesters by taking action here.

We are told that the killing of over 60 people in Gaza on May 14th was justified because among the tens of thousands of protesters there were some individuals who may have had violent intent. 

We are told that the killing of over 60 people in Gaza on May 14th was justified because among the tens of thousands of protests a few people threw fire bombs, burned tires, and flew kites with burning...

By: Mike Merryman-Lotze
Published: May 25, 2018

As the U.S. and Israel celebrated the move of the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem on May 14, Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank continued to protest the systematic denial of their rights. As U.S. officials spoke in Jerusalem about how their actions will bring peace, Palestinians were being killed in Gaza.

Tens of thousands of Palestinians have taken part in a sustained protest known as the Great Return March since March 30. The march was organized by Palestinians in Gaza as a nonviolent way to lift up before the world the ongoing denial of their rights living under...

Published: May 24, 2018

The House just passed a prison reform bill— but it falls far short of meaningful change. 

By Denise Lee and Lewis Webb, Jr.

This week, the House of Representatives voted overwhelming to pass the FIRST STEP Act, a bipartisan bill that would make extremely limited changes to America’s federal prisons. Over the past decade, support has grown across the political spectrum to address the harm of mass incarceration, with many calling for an end to overly punitive sentences that have swelled prison populations.  

While there are laudable provisions in the FIRST...

Dina with #SanctuaryEverywhere sign
By: Dina El-Rifai
Published: May 22, 2018

The month of Ramadan unites Muslims all around the world in learning patience and strength in times of adversity while centering ourselves in resilience and hope and surrendering ourselves to God through detachment from worldly desires. 

Muslims around the world are also united through our experiences with systems that continue to demonize all who fit its racialized construction of what it means to be Muslim and the consequences of the “war on terror.” 

For many Muslims like me, it is increasingly difficult to focus our energy on celebrating this holy month, look deep within...