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Nov 15, 2021
Groups urge Manchin to support child tax credit, Build Back Better Act
(MetroNews)
A group of West Virginians gathered outside of Sen. Joe Manchin’s Charleston office, urging him to defend the child tax credit and pass the Build Back Better Act.
Nov 4, 2021
San Diego DA asked to prosecute shadow Border Patrol investigation unit
(Fox 5)
"The Border Patrol Critical Incident Investigative Team investigated its own agents involved in the death of San Diegan Anastasio Hernandez Rojas. They had no authority to do so."
Nov 4, 2021
Activists ask California DA to file obstruction of justice charges tied to ‘shadow units’ at Border Patrol
(News 5 WKRG)
"Local immigration advocates and community activists gathered outside San Diego’s Hall of Justice calling for the district attorney to launch an inquiry against a group of Border Patrol agents and their supervisors involved in the investigation into the death of Anastasio Hernández Rojas."
Nov 4, 2021
No Hope for Hiatt: Immigrant mobile home community can’t purchase plots, says City
(Yes Weekly )
"In July, Lynne Anderson, manager of Family Properties of North Carolina, sent the tenants of Jamison Mobile Park homes a letter stating that the 18 families who own or rent trailers on the Hiatt Street property had until September to get out."
Nov 4, 2021
Celebration of African and Black Immigrant Communities Saturday In Dover
(InDepthNH.org)
“The purpose of the event is to uplift the experiences and stories of Black and African immigrants who contribute so much to New Hampshire,” said Grace Kindeke, event organizer and Program Coordinator with AFSC.
Nov 3, 2021
Nov. 6 in Dover: A Celebration of Black & African Immigrants
(Manchesterinklink.com)
"A community celebration called Umokuumani: Unity, Creativity and Faith. A Celebration of African and Black immigrant communities in New Hampshire, is planned for Saturday, November 6 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Dover Friends Meetinghouse." The event marks the "closure of a national public art exhibit highlighting stories of asylum seekers in New Hampshire, will feature a dance performance, fashion show, and showcase of community resources and immigration information."
Nov 2, 2021
GEO Group Owes Immigrant Detainees Nearly $17.3 Million
(Documentedny.com)
"A federal jury decided the private prison operator GEO Group has to pay immigrant detainees, who were paid $1 a day for labor at GEO’s Tacoma, Washington, jail, almost $17.3 million. The same jury decided two days earlier that GEO Group violated Washington’s minimum wage law with its incredibly low wages."
Nov 2, 2021
San Diego coalition sets up Día de los Muertos altar for fallen migrants
(Liberation News)
"San Diego community members led by Free Them All gathered outside Otay Mesa Detention Center to pay their respects to people killed by negligence and violence at the hands of ICE and private immigration detention companies."
Oct 30, 2021
ELCA opposes designation of Palestinian human rights groups as terrorist organizations
(Grand Canyon Synod )
AFSC joins 14 other Churches and church-based organizations in a letter to Secretary of State Blinken to express concerns about the recent Israeli decision to label key Palestinian human rights and civil society organizations as “terrorist organizations.”
Oct 28, 2021
Mid-Valley community members rally for a path to citizenship
(Statesman Journal )
AFSC,Oregon’s farmworker union, and other groups rallied at the Oregon Capitol to push Congress to create a pathway to citizenship for undocumented farmworkers, other undocumented essential workers, DACA recipients and individuals with temporary protected status.
Oct 28, 2021
Mid-Valley community members rally for a path to citizenship
(Statesman Journal )
AFSC,Oregon’s farmworker union, and other groups rallied at the Oregon Capitol to push Congress to create a pathway to citizenship for undocumented farmworkers, other undocumented essential workers, DACA recipients and individuals with temporary protected status.
Oct 25, 2021
Immigration Advocates Keep Pressure On Biden As He Visits NJ
(Patch.com)
New Jersey activists continue to demand a federal "pathway to citizenship" for millions of undocumented immigrants.
Oct 25, 2021
Ahead of President Biden’s visit to NJ, Haitian and Black New Jerseyans Demand Biden Administration Protect All Black Migrants
(Insider NJ)
Haitian and Black community leaders are calling on President Biden and the New Jersey congressional delegation to go beyond statements and initiate policies that work to support and protect Haitian and Black immigrants.
Oct 25, 2021
As immigration advocates demand Newsom cancel contract with border wall company, lawmakers stay silent
(Jefferson Public Radio)
"Immigration advocates are calling on Gov. Gavin Newsom to terminate a $350 million COVID-19 response contract the state awarded to a company that built sections of former president Donald Trump’s border wall in California"
Oct 19, 2021
Groups Probe Government Over Migrant Children’s Possible Exposure to Toxic Chemicals
(Earth Justice )
"Advocates sue federal agencies to learn more about Florida site with known contaminants, including arsenic, lead, and mercury."
Oct 19, 2021
California hired a border wall company for COVID-19 response, including vaccinating migrants
(capradio.org)
California awarded a no-bid contract to SLSCO, the company former president Donald Trump tapped to build his border wall in California, for COVID-19 response and health care staffing.
Oct 18, 2021
US sanctions policies desperately need accountability
(Responsible Statecraft )
"Congress has an opportunity to play an important complementary role in ensuring that policymakers in both branches of government have the information they need to implement a more constructive, thoughtful and evidence-based approach to sanctions moving forward" writes AFSC's Daniel Jasper.
Oct 17, 2021
Anti-Black Racism in U.S. immigration affront to God-given Dignity
(Blacknews.com)
"The pervasive anti-Black racism in the U.S. immigration system is an affront to the God-given dignity of Black people across the world. It is our failure, as a nation, to recognize the gifts, potential, and spark of the divine which is in each person. It is also our responsibility, as a nation and as people of faith, to change."
Oct 14, 2021
The circuitous connections between the Korean War and the War on Terror
(NK News )
AFSC's Daniel Jasper reflects on "how the outrage in the aftermath of 9/11 not only brought us disastrous military interventions in Afghanistan and Iraq but has also revived a state of perpetual war with North Korea."
Oct 14, 2021
‘No Tech for Apartheid’: 40+ Groups Demand Amazon and Google Ditch Israeli Military
(Antiwar.com)
"Courageous workers at Google and Amazon are calling on their employers to stop enabling the Israeli government's oppression of Palestinian families."
Oct 13, 2021
Dover School Board Ward 1 candidate: Maggie Fogarty
(Fosters Daily Democrat)
AFSC's New Hampshire Program Director Maggie Fogarty is a candidate for Dover School Board.
Oct 13, 2021
Officer charged with sexually assaulting prisoner at troubled N.J. women’s prison
(NJ.com)
"A prisoner at New Jersey’s only women’s prison was allegedly sexually assaulted by a correctional officer last month, even as the troubled facility is under federal monitoring and heightened scrutiny due to authorities detailing how sexual abuse was rampant at the facility for years."
Oct 12, 2021
Biden may renew Obama’s China engagement policies: Mahbubani
(Global Times)
Kishore Mahbubani, Singaporean political scientist, shares his insights in a written interview with Global Times.
Oct 8, 2021
Walls Are Dumb but President Biden's ‘Smart Border’ Is Even Worse
(Transnational Institute)
Residents and activists oppose Chula Vista Police Department sharing information from automated license plate readers with U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
Oct 8, 2021
New Jersey Alliance For Immigrant Justice Launches New Digital “Resource Hub”
(Insider NJ)
The New Jersey Alliance for Immigration Justice Resource Hub "will serve as a digital toolbox for activists, organizers, advocates, and community leaders building community power across the state."

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