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Apr 4, 2021
Biden Could Chart a New Path for US on Palestinian Rights. Will He?
(Truthout)
AFSC's General Secretary Joyce Ajlouny explains what steps the Biden administration needs to take to respect Palestinian rights.
Apr 1, 2021
A Quaker Call to Abolition and Creation
(Friends Journal)
Quaker reflections on the roots of slavery and the U.S. prison system, and why we need to build something new.
Mar 31, 2021
COVID-19 cases among unaccompanied migrant children in facilities spark concerns over crowding
(ABC News)
There are over 17,000 unaccompanied minors in CBP and HHS custody.
Mar 18, 2021
Fate of Homestead detention center in limbo as child border crossings surge
(Miami Herald)
The struggle to keep the Homestead detention center closed continues.
Mar 15, 2021
Churches protected dozens of families under Trump. Now that they’re leaving, is sanctuary over?
(Philadelphia Inquirer)
Nationally the number of people in sanctuary has dropped from 40, in 2020, to 23 now.
Feb 23, 2021
Advocates Denounce Biden Plan to Reopen Homestead Migrant Children's Facility
(Miami New Times)
Activists fought to close the facility once and say they will do it again.
Feb 22, 2021
Decatur churches plant 15,000 white flags to mourn Georgia’s COVID-19 dead
(Atlanta Journal Constitution)
“The White Flags of Georgia’s COVID-19 Devastation” memorial installation installed at Decatur Church.
Feb 18, 2021
Despite a raging pandemic and bail reform efforts, thousands of West Virginians remain jailed, awaiting their day in court
(The Record Delta)
Jail overcrowding isn't new. But as COVID-19 spreads, it's become increasingly dangerous.
Feb 17, 2021
Prisoners should be a priority for COVID vaccinations, advocates say
(Michigan Advance)
A coalition of organizations is calling on Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) to increase its COVID-19 vaccination efforts for the 33,000 people incarcerated in state prisons.
Feb 17, 2021
Biden Received $5 Million from Border Security and Immigrant Prison Companies During Campaign
(Democracy Now!)
A new report documents campaign contributions from companies profiting from border militarization.
Feb 11, 2021
N.J.’s prison leader still has a job. Many lawmakers can’t figure out why.
(NJ.com)
A growing number of lawmakers do agree on thing: state Corrections Commissioner Marcus Hicks should lose his job.
Feb 10, 2021
This database is exposing decades of Israel’s shady arms deals
(+972)
Israel has been exporting arms to the world’s most repressive governments. A new project aims to hold it accountable by tracking these confidential sales.
Feb 9, 2021
Citing 'Moral and Public Health Imperative,' Progressive Lawmakers Press Biden on Sanctions Relief
(Common Dreams)
The 27 Democrats called for "much-needed and overdue changes to the way we use sanctions as a foreign policy tool."
Feb 9, 2021
Prison guard was focus of complaints before alleged attack at women’s prison, lawmaker says
(NJ.com)
A New Jersey lawmaker said Tuesday that she raised concerns a few months ago about a sergeant at Edna Mahan Correctional Facility for Women who has now been charged in connection with an alleged violent assault of multiple women at the prison in January.
Feb 9, 2021
Child hunger: the issue that never goes away
(Charleston Gazette-Mail)
It’s an unfortunate truth that, today, a lot of kids rely heavily on schools for meeting their nutritional needs.
Feb 8, 2021
Mother arrested by border patrol agents in Texas is reunited with four children in Broomfield
(ABC 7)
An immigration activist and undocumented mother living in Broomfield is back home with her four children after she was arrested at a border patrol checkpoint in El Paso, Texas.
Feb 6, 2021
Super effort puts food on the table for many in NM
(Albuquerque Journal)
AFSC's Farm to Foodbank program helps connect farmers to people who need food.
Feb 4, 2021
3 Male Guards Charged in Attacks at Notorious Women’s Prison
(New York Times)
The assaults left at least six inmates with injuries. One guard at the New Jersey prison is accused of punching a woman 28 times.
Feb 1, 2021
Stacey Abrams Among Long List of Nominees for Nobel Peace Prize
(NBC Chicago)
AFSC nominated Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. for a Nobel Peace Prize in 1963.
Jan 28, 2021
Coalition Calls For Urgent Action To Slow Spread Of Coronavirus In Iowa Jails And Prisons
(Iowa Public Radio)
A coalition of racial justice organizations and community advocates are calling on Iowa officials to take aggressive and proactive steps to slow the spread of the coronavirus within the state’s jails and prisons.
Jan 26, 2021
NJ launches investigation, 30 officers on leave after abuse allegations at women's prison
(NJ.com)
Authorities are investigating and dozens of corrections officers have been placed on leave after an alleged assault on inmates this month at New Jersey's women's prison.
Jan 18, 2021
Poor People's Campaign MLK Day Message to Biden: Act on Bold Agenda to Heal Nation
(Common Dreams)
"In 1967, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King called out the giant triplets of racism, materialism, and militarism. In 2021, his words are no less relevant."
Jan 18, 2021
Inspiration & Reflection on the Legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.
(NHPR)
A special call-in show in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day as we talk with Black activists and civil rights historians about recent events and what wisdom and lessons they take from King's life.
Jan 17, 2021
The hardest change to immigration policy post-Trump? Ending the mind-set that immigrants are criminals.
(Philadelphia Inquirer)
As we move into a new administration, advocates look to undo Trump's legacy.
Jan 13, 2021
Groups call on state to prioritize vaccination of people in Michigan prisons
(ABC13)
4,055 people incarcerated in the state have COVID-19.

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