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Oct 17, 2022
Oakland cops hope to arm robots with lethal shotguns
(The Intercept)
While official language condoning killer robots is shelved for now, Oakland police are still pursuing the option.
Oct 14, 2022
Quakers join the applause for Biden’s federal pardon of simple marijuana possession
(Baptist News Global)
The Quakers joined other proponents of criminal justice reform to welcome President Joe Biden’s recent announcement that he will grant pardons to thousands of Americans convicted on federal charges of simple marijuana possession.
Aug 22, 2022
The Biden administration may detain immigrant youth at a toxic site
Detaining children in hazardous environments reflects U.S. hostility to immigrants and marginalized populations.
Aug 8, 2022
'Let Those Numbers Sink In': At Least 45 Palestinians Killed During Israeli Attacks on Gaza
(Common Dreams)
The dead include 16 children and four women, according to Palestinian officials, who said that at least 360 others were injured.
Aug 4, 2022
Greetings from South Florida: Postcard campaign calls for TPS for Nicaragua, other nations
(Miami Herald)
In Florida, communities are mobilizing to send postcards to the DHS Secretary.
Jun 30, 2022
Sanctions: another form of war
(Anabaptist World)
May 15, 2022
People in US Don’t Support the Gaza Blockade. Why Won’t Congress Take Action?
New research by AFSC shows public support for ending the Blockade of Gaza.
May 12, 2022
The silence of our senators over Title 42 is worrisome
(Colorado Sun)
Sens. Bennet and Hickenlooper must declare their intent to end this unjustified, xenophobic policy
May 2, 2022
ICE made N.J. immigrant detainees disappear, disconnected them from their lawyers
ICE must provide New Jersey attorneys with a list of the people it transfers to out of state detention centers.
Apr 11, 2022
Two months after Tijuana shut down migrant border camp, asylum-seekers worse off
Migrants have been pushed out to dangerous neighborhoods in the outskirts of Tijuana, where they have limited access to jobs, social services and stable housing options.
Mar 26, 2022
As global horror unfolds in Ukraine, why Is war still legal?
(Common Dreams)
AFSC's Aura Kanegis asks why there is no serious movement to abolish war.
Mar 15, 2022
Protestors oppose bills that would weaken bail reform
(Concord Monitor)
A group of New Hampshire advocacy and faith organizations are asking state legislators to reject two bills that would roll back reforms that were originally implemented in 2018 to address wealth disparities in the state’s bail system.
Jan 28, 2022
The U.S. Border Patrol is hiding information. Here’s what it doesn’t want you to know and why.
(San Diego Union Tribune)
AFSC's Pedro Rios explains what is really going on at the border.
Jan 24, 2022
Amazon tops a list of companies to ditch in support of immigrants’ human rights | Opinion
(Minnesota Reporter)
"The Quaker organization American Friends Service Committee recently published a divestment list that listed 60 publicly traded companies that profit significantly off of the surveillance and criminalization of immigrant communities and the militarization of the border."
Jan 18, 2022
Two Midlands residents accused of trafficking farm workers
"Labor trafficking in South Carolina is being brought to light after federal prosecutors say two Batesburg-Leesville residents were trafficking seasonal agriculture workers, forcing them to work long hours and failing to pay them due wages."
Jan 17, 2022
Tucson Residents Provide Your Input on the Reimagine Community Safety Survey
(Signals AZ)
The City of Tucson is partnering with the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC-AZ) for the Reimagining Community Safety Survey. This will help inform the Community Safety, Health, and Wellness Program and tackle racial injustice and inequality for communities of color.
Jan 13, 2022
Hundreds of migrants in isolation after testing positive for COVID-19 at various ICE facilities
(Fox 5 San Diego)
COVID-19 outbreaks have again hit immigration detention facilities, where hundreds of Immigration and Customs Enforcement detainees are currently in isolation.
Jan 3, 2022
Pot Growers Dig into Food for the Homeless in Phoenix
(Phoenix New Times)
Marijuana businesses in Arizona are chipping into local nonprofits to help support those who rely on charity for survival.
Dec 27, 2021
NH residents need the BBB package
(Concord Monitor)
AFSC's Grace Kindeke and Maggie Fogarty write about why New Hampshire residents need the Build Back Better package with a pathway to citizenship.
Dec 23, 2021
'Preventable cause of death': 5 homeless people who died in 2021 honored in NH vigils
(Fosters Daily Democrat)
"The following names and information were provided by the American Friends Service Committee. These are the known Seacoast residents among the 74 unsheltered people in New Hampshire who died this year."
Dec 22, 2021
At the annual homeless vigil, voices of remembrance and change rang out
(Concord Monitor )
“I came back to a state that has continued to deny and pretend as though we don’t have the resources to actually solve some of these problems,” says AFSC's Grace Kindeke. “We invest in systems of punishment, but the money is going to the wrong places.”
Dec 21, 2021
One year into Biden’s presidency, Colorado’s sanctuary seekers are still stuck in limbo
(Colorado Newsline)
“Taking sanctuary is where you go into a community of faith and you are making a public stand to be under the protection of the faith community to ensure that you can remain in this country, because you’ve exhausted all of your legal options,” explained Gabriela Flora, the program director for the American Friends Service Committee’s Denver immigrant rights program."
Dec 17, 2021
Manchin’s child tax credit stance draws criticism back home
(Associated Press)
The expansion of the Child Tax Credit Program, passed earlier this year as part of pandemic relief legislation, boosted the monthly payments for parents and greatly expanded the scope of those eligible. In West Virginia, one of the country's poorest states, the effect was immediate, advocates say.



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