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Sep 20, 2021
Civil Rights Groups to White House: Discriminatory ‘National Security’ Policies Must End
(Center for Constitutional Rights )
Advocates are calling on the Biden administration and policymakers across the country to dismantle the post 9/11 discriminatory national security frameworks and commit to repairing the harms they have inflicted.
Sep 19, 2021
The U.S. Just Made Traveling to North Korea Easier—For Some
(The National Interest )
"The State Department will now allow humanitarian workers to visit North Korea multiple times on a single authorization, rather than just once.”
Sep 16, 2021
Top-level China-US talks led to big gains in Obama years
(South China Morning Post)
A new study by AFSC and NCAFP says dialogue yielded benefits in areas such as climate change and public health.
Sep 13, 2021
WV jails have more inmates now than when lawmakers passed bail reform in 2020
(Charleston Gazette-Mail)
"The law requires magistrates to release people from custody on a personal recognizance bond if that person was arrested on certain nonviolent charges."
Sep 11, 2021
Jayapal, Omar, Tlaib, and Chu Introduce September 11 Congressional Resolution
AFSC endorsed the resolution to put "forward a series of recommendations to support those affected by the hateful profiling and targeting that has occurred during the 20 years since the September 11 attack."
Sep 10, 2021
Hudson County will no longer house ICE detainees by November 1
"County Executive Tom DeGise informed ICE officials Friday that the county will stop accepting or detaining ICE detainees in roughly a month and a half."
Sep 10, 2021
Biden Nuclear Posture Review Must Examine Ballistic Missile Defense
(Counter Punch)
"The U.S. Department of Energy's current budget for nuclear weapons is already double its Cold War budget."
Sep 9, 2021
Islamophobia Shaped the Lives of Muslim American Students After 9/11
(Teen Vogue)
"Muslim Americans who were students in 2001 tell Teen Vogue that the xenophobia and Islamophobia that surfaced in response to those attacks is still with us."
Sep 8, 2021
The Devil in the Details
(The State Press)
"Arizona launched an opt-in program to expunge marijuana convictions in light of legalization, but the process rehashes disparities and obstacles."
Sep 8, 2021
Black Lives Matter Seacoast and Robinwood Center present annual gala
"Black Lives Matter Seacoast and Robinwood Center will celebrate the second annual gala Night of Black Excellence on Saturday, Oct. 16 at the Saltonstall Farm in Stratham." AFSC's Grace Kindeke will be the keynote speaker.
Sep 3, 2021
Quaker and feminist organizations denounce vote on drafting women
AFSC denounced the House Armed Services Committee's vote to draft women. The organization calls on representatives to address long-standing issues in the Selective Service System.
Sep 3, 2021
Special report: ‘Desperate’ migrants risk life and limb climbing into small boats for journey to U.S.
(Border Report)
“If the Biden administration would recommit to protecting those who are seeking asylum, then many of these individuals would present themselves at the border and would not feel the need to find dangerous ways to cross the U.S.,” says AFSC's Pedro Rios.
Sep 2, 2021
Chula Vista Is Building a Real-Time Crime Center
(Voice of San Diego)
"Drones and license plate readers are mere pieces of a bigger project to gather and analyze intelligence for police. Officials are responding to the increased pushback over technology with proposals for a citywide privacy policy and a new oversight commission."
Sep 1, 2021
Families of police violence victims march on D.C.
(Minnesota Spokesman Recorder)
"Last weekend a few hundred family members who have lost loved ones to police violence arrived in Washington, D.C. to lift their voices against what has become a longstanding scourge on the image of the U.S. as a just and lawful country."
Aug 25, 2021
San Diego immigrants’ rights advocates criticize 'Remain in Mexico' ruling
Local immigrants’ rights advocates are speaking out after the U.S. Supreme Court refused to block a court ruling ordering the president to reinstate the controversial Trump-era "Remain in Mexico" policy.
Aug 22, 2021
Korean Americans Await Biden's Decision On North Korea Travel Ban
The Biden administration must decide by month's end whether to keep or scrap a 2017 ban on travel to North Korea.
Aug 20, 2021
A post-pandemic world requires free and robust civil society
(Paris Peace Forum)
True security and peace can only be achieved when civil society organizations and grassroots movements are treated as partners, rather than threats.
Aug 16, 2021
Online Trenton program explores roots of the prison and criminal justice reform movement
AFSC's Bonnie Kerness is one of three panelists at the “Black August, Then and Now,” a free virtual panel discussion and spoken word program, hosted by The Trent House Association and the Greater Trenton Chapter of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History.
Aug 16, 2021
Rep Raja urges Congress to pass The NOVID Act; Expand US Global Vaccine Aid for India & other Nations
(India Post )
"Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi strongly pitched to dramatically expand US global vaccine aid programs to India and other nations at a time when the US has so far only allocated 7.5 million vaccine doses for India."
Aug 15, 2021
Community Program Instead of Detention Centers
(LA Progressive)
Progressive advocates are calling on the Biden Administration to divert funding from immigration enforcement to community based programs.
Aug 14, 2021
Trans woman freed from ‘hellish’ ICE detention after thousands of allies demanded her freedom
(Pink News )
A 41-year-old trans woman is freed after two years in ICE detention at Otay Mesa Detention Center. A coalition including AFSC organized a letter-writing campaign that saw more than 14,000 people write to ICE demanding her case be reviewed.
Aug 14, 2021
ICE Quietly Extends Elizabeth Detention Center Contract With CoreCivic
( )
ICE has extended its contract with the private company that runs the Elizabeth Contract Detention Center in New Jersey until August 31, 2023, despite regional pullback from immigration detention.
Aug 9, 2021
Michigan has dramatically lowered the rate of inmates returning to prison
(Bridge Michigan )
Michigan's prison population has dropped from 51,000 prisoners in 2006 to 33,000 today. The DOC attributes the decline in prison recidivism to changes in parole supervision and the introduction of vocational training for prisoners.
Aug 6, 2021
178 Groups Denounce Biden Administration's Continued Violation of Refugee Protections
(Human Rights Watch)
AFSC is one of 178 humanitarian organizations to sign off on a letter to President Biden urging the administration to "direct immediate actions to uphold US refugee law and treaty obligations."
Aug 2, 2021
6 experts give a letter grade on Biden-Harris administration's handling of immigration thus far
(Business Insider)
President Biden must do more to change immigration policy.



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