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Posts from November 2018

By: Carly Goodman
Published: November 26, 2018

In November, the Trump administration announced sweeping changes to the asylum system, blocking people who enter the U.S. between ports of entry from seeking asylum. AFSC spoke out against the government’s cruel attempt to limit the ability of individuals taking refuge in our country to seek asylum. 

The ACLU and other advocacy groups sued the administration for effectively introducing an asylum ban. On Nov. 19, a federal judge ...

By: Kerri Kennedy
Published: November 20, 2018

Last week I went to Mexico City and met with migrants from the caravans. I met mothers carrying small children. A teenager who had walked hundreds of miles with a painful limp. A recently deported Dreamer. A trans woman seeking safety. Men looking for work to sustain aging parents.

Their feet were blistered. They were hungry. They had experienced violence on the road. Some were sick. But they had no thought of going back. And that speaks to the unbearable violence and extreme poverty they were leaving. As we talked, many referenced Exodus – the story of...

By: Sophia Perlmutter
Published: November 19, 2018

Debbie Southorn works for the American Friends Service Committee in Chicago, where she supports community efforts and youth organizing to end policing and reimagine community safety. In 2012, she co-founded the Chicago chapter of Black & Pink, currently serves on the National Committee of the War Resisters League, and is a Board Member of the Chicago Freedom School.  She’s written about policing and white supremacy for outlets including Truthout, In These Times, and The Intercept. ...

By: Sophia Perlmutter
Published: November 19, 2018

Debbie Southorn works for the American Friends Service Committee in Chicago, where she supports community efforts and youth organizing to end policing and reimagine community safety. In 2012, she co-founded the Chicago chapter of Black & Pink, currently serves on the National Committee of the War Resisters League, and is a Board Member of the Chicago Freedom School.  She’s written about policing and white supremacy for outlets including TruthoutIn These Times, and The Intercept.   

Sophia: What is the cop academy? What do you want people to...

Published: November 16, 2018

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, share food, and reconnect. But after a political year like this one—added to the stresses of travel and everyday life—you may find your patience wearing thin with people you love during dinner table conversation. Especially with people like your conservative Uncle David, who wants to talk about his opinions on immigration before you even get to the cranberry...

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