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Posts from February 2019

By: Noam Perry
Published: February 28, 2019

Many of us who care about social justice don’t realize that our city, university, congregation, or even retirement fund might be invested in human rights violations. Owning company stocks means we have a financial stake in the company’s success and therefore in whatever the company does. It’s relatively easy to sign petitions and contact our representatives to protest mass incarceration, border militarization, or family separation. It’s more difficult to trace our own complicity in these oppressive institutions.

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By: Kathy Hersh
Published: February 19, 2019

In March 2018, Morena Mendoza and her son, Antonio, fled their home in El Salvador fearing for their lives. They joined a caravan of migrants that walked hundreds of miles to seek refuge in the U.S.

When they crossed the U.S.-Mexico border on April, they were detained and separated. Morena was sent to an immigration detention center in San Diego, where she was imprisoned for three months, and Antonio was sent to a shelter in New York.

They were finally reunited last fall, thanks to support from AFSC, Miami Friends Meeting, and many others. Today, as their immigration cases...

By: Kathryn Johnson
Published: February 15, 2019

On Feb. 15, President Trump declared a national state of emergency – the day after Congress passed a funding bill that includes both a dramatic increase in immigrant detention and $1.375 billion for wall construction.

The appropriations bill passed by Congress increases funding for deadly immigrant detention and the militarization of our border communities. And the fact that the president is also circumventing congressional oversight to get billions more for his border wall is outrageous and illegal.

We're calling on Congress to do everything in its power to challenge any...

migrant caravan thank you
Published: February 14, 2019

February 2019 

When caravans of migrants began traveling north from Central America last fall to escape violence and poverty and seek refuge in the U.S., the AFSC community responded with generosity and compassion. 

And as the Trump administration persists in pursuing policies fueled by hate, AFSC supporters continue to show the world what love can do – by supporting those who have risked everything for a chance at safety and peace and by raising the moral imperative for more humane immigration policy in the U.S.  

Your support has made – and continues to make – a...

By: Bonnie Kerness
Published: February 12, 2019

We must demand community oversight for every federal, state, and county facility in the U.S. 

Recent headlines over the plight of people imprisoned in the Metropolitan Detention Center (MDC) in Brooklyn begs for a deeper look into the conditions of confinement in the U.S. prisons, jails, and juvenile and immigrant detention facilities. Although the electricity and heat are back on at the Brooklyn federal facility, the continuing and staggering neglect that led to this humanitarian crises continues – and will continue. Not only did the federal officials lie about conditions at the...


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