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Posts from March 2019

By: Joseph Gerson
Published: March 15, 2019

Take a stand. Join AFSC from April 13 to May 9 for the Global Days of Action on Military Spending.  

For years, we've known that building popular movements is the surest way to impact national and state policies. We have also learned and rooted our organizing in intersectionality: the understanding that the inter-related causes of injustice, war, and environmental degradation and the need for our movements to collaborate to overcome. From the Black Lives Matter manifesto to the movements for immigrant rights, climate justice, to end the endless wars, people are catching on. 

By: Mary Zerkel
Published: March 15, 2019

Here are six tips to effectively counteract anti-Muslim rhetoric in your conversations.  

AFSC’s Communities Against Islamophobia project trains people to recognize anti-Muslim racism and develop strategies to stop it. In our workshops, attendees pair up and practice ways to refute anti-Muslim rhetoric when talking with friends, family, or the media. We do this because we think it’s important for allies to do the hard work of engaging with people who hold anti-Muslim views.

If an Islamophobic joke or statement comes up when you're...

By: Kristin Kumpf
Published: March 6, 2019

Yesterday, Caliburn International, the for-profit company that runs the Homestead immigrant detention center for children in Florida, canceled its plans to sell $100 million in shares on the stock market, citing “market forces.” It seems that attention from the media, activists, and others is making an impact!  

Homestead detention center is the largest detention site for migrant children in the U.S. – and the only “emergency” influx center, which makes it exempt from federal law governing licensing and standards related to child detention. Most children detained at Homestead have...

By: Kathryn Johnson
Published: March 1, 2019

Our taxpayer dollars should be spent on critical programs that make our communities stronger and more vibrant, such as education, health care, green infrastructure, and housing – instead of funding abusive agencies that terrorize communities and separate families.

But the appropriations bill passed by Congress two weeks ago goes completely against those principles. It increases funding to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Customs and Border Protection (CBP) – including a 12 percent increase for immigration detention and $1.375 billion for the border wall. This bill gives...