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Posts from August 2019

By: Rick Wilson
Published: August 29, 2019

The labor movement has frequently been written off as dead in recent decades. I’ve never believed it, although there have been times when I felt like checking for a pulse. 

Over the last few years, however, I’ve been thrilled to see a glorious revival, beginning with the 2018 strike by West Virginia teachers and school support workers, a statewide victorious and nonviolent uprising that:

  • brought substantial pay increases to as many as 78,000 teachers, school support workers, and public employees;
  • resulted in at least temporary improvements in coverage by Public...
By: Debbie Southorn
Published: August 29, 2019

Chicago youth take part in a FOIA training at Kinetic, a youth program in the city. Photo: AFSC/Chicago

Back of the Yards High School is a primarily Latinx high school on the southwest side of Chicago, where two white police officers are stationed every day to monitor students. 

One officer has had 20 misconduct complaints against him – more than three-quarters of all other officers. Half of those complaints involve use of force, multiple allegations of verbal abuse and the use of profanity, and where...

Published: August 23, 2019

NOTE: In September 2019, the Trump administration's change to the Flores rule was blocked in court and will not be implemented.

This week, AFSC and other faith organizations denounced the Trump administration’s latest attack on immigrants – a new rule that will allow the indefinite detention...

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.

By talking about...

Published: August 23, 2019

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. 

Nationwide, several school districts have resisted these aggressive...

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