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Posts from August 2019

Young people sit and work together
By: Carly Goodman
Published: August 23, 2019

Rising anti-immigrant policies, hate speech, and violence in our communities affect all of us. But the impact on students in our schools is particularly high. Whether students are immigrants themselves, belong to mixed status families, or are disturbed by the threats against neighbors, many are experiencing fear and anxiety that impede learning and healthy development. Educators know how important it is to make classrooms more inclusive and welcoming.

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Published: August 23, 2019

By Lis-Marie Alvarado and Paul-Andre Mondesir

This summer, the Trump administration ramped up immigration raids in cities across the U.S., separating families and communities and further fueling fear among immigrants. Here in Florida and communities around the country, AFSC often hears from panicked parents who worried about bringing their children to school, fearing they'd get picked up by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents on the way. 


By: Mary Zerkel
Published: August 16, 2019

Credit: Anne Meador (cool_revolution) via Flickr Creative Commons

In working to stop white supremacist violence, we must not reinforce policies that criminalize Muslims and Black and brown people.

In the wake of the massacre in El Paso and other acts of racist violence, many well-meaning people have asked why white supremacist violence isn’t considered “domestic terrorism.”...

By: Kristin Kumpf
Published: August 16, 2019

On Aug. 3, the last of more than 3,000 children were taken out of the Homestead detention center in Florida – a significant win in our ongoing work to end child detention

Here’s what you need to know about what happened at Homestead detention center and how we can move forward to protect migrant children in the U.S.  

What was happening at Homestead detention center?

At one point there were more than 3,000 migrant children detained in Homestead. Most of them had fled violence and...

By: Peniel Ibe
Published: August 13, 2019

Starting in October, immigrants will be denied green cards for using food assistance or Medicaid.  

This week, the Trump administration released the final version of its cruel “public charge” immigration policy – one that will essentially punish immigrants and their families for using certain public benefits, like Medicaid or SNAP (food stamps). The rule goes into effect in October. 

Public programs and services that promote public health and community well-being should be accessible to everyone. Fairness and compassion should never be dependent on a person’s race,...