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Posts from August 2019

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


Last spring, we set an ambitious goal: to shut down the largest migrant detention center for youth in the U.S. in time for the children to attend school in the fall.

On Aug. 3, it happened: 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. And on Oct. 28, more good news: The federal government announced it would not renew its contract with Caliburn, the private prison company...

By: Kristin Kumpf
Published: August 8, 2019

The Trump administration has ramped up Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) efforts to arrest and deport immigrants across the United States – tearing apart families and communities and stoking more fear among immigrants, who have been subject to numerous attacks under this administration.

No one should be detained and deported. And it’s critical that we do all that we can to protect our community members to ensure they live in safety and peace that we all deserve. ...

By: Carly Goodman
Published: August 8, 2019

1. Don’t retweet him.

Trump’s tweets are often so outrageous that the media covers them as stories, and many people are upset, correctly noting that the president’s posts perpetuate bigotry and could feed violence and hatred against immigrants, Muslims, and people of color. 

The problem is that by reposting the president’s tweets, the media and social media only amplify these dangerous messages, bringing the images into millions of people’s feeds. Retweeting or Facebook-sharing a harmful post only highlights it, making it more likely to stick in people’s minds, which can...

Published: August 7, 2019

 Last month, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy signed “The Isolated Confinement Restriction Act,” a new law that will significantly reduce the use of solitary confinement in New Jersey jails and prisons. 

The law – considered one of the most progressive in the nation – comes after years of advocacy by AFSC and partners in the New Jersey Campaign for Alternatives to Isolated Confinement (NJCAIC), a coalition of state and local religious, family, and community groups. 

Solitary confinement is a pervasive practice in New Jersey and in most jails and prisons throughout...


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