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AFSC in the news

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
Arizona Prisons Will Spend Millions in Covid Relief Funds on Offices for Executives
(Phoenix News Times)
Arizona Department of Corrections is using their $4.2 million in covid relief on renovating the offices of DOC executives and administrators, instead of addressing the needs of the people in Arizona's prisons.
Oct 5, 2021
Say no to waiving Berkeley’s Sanctuary Contracting Ordinance
(The Daily Californian )
Berkeley city leadership will vote on a waiver to Berkeley’s Sanctuary Contracting Ordinance in order to legitimize a $6.5M contract with Motorola.
Oct 4, 2021
“We’re Not Going to Get Out of This With Donations”: Activists Pressure Rich Nations to Break Patents for Global COVID Vaccine Equity
Advocates across the nation are calling for global vaccine equality.
Oct 2, 2021
Q&A: Sharon Cameron, Author of ‘Bluebird’
(The Nerd Daily )
Author Sharon Cameron shares insights into her new YA thriller "Bluebirds" and the use of AFSC's archives to help guide her research.
Sep 29, 2021
57 Civil and Human Rights Organizations Urge Biden Administration and Congress to Keep a Pathway to Citizenship for Immigrants in Budget Reconciliation Bill
(Human Rights Watch)
The American Friends Service Committee signs letter addressed to President Biden to keep a pathway to citizenship for immigrant communities in the Build Back Better reconciliation bill.
Sep 27, 2021
Opinion: Border Patrol’s ‘prevention through deterrence’ strategy is deadly by design
(The San Diego Union-Tribune )
"The Biden administration must drastically change course by prioritizing humanitarian responses to migration and focusing on protecting the human rights of those seeking refuge" writes AFSC's San Diego Area Program Director, Pedro Rios.
Sep 24, 2021
NJ Immigrant Rights Groups Join Nationwide Wave of Outrage at Biden Administration’s Abuse of Haitian Refugees at the U.S.-Mexico Border
(Insider NJ)
"NJ Immigrant Rights Groups Join Nationwide Wave of Outrage at Biden Administration’s Abuse of Haitian Refugees at the U.S.-Mexico Border."
Sep 24, 2021
Solidarity Walk Aims at Political Will for Immigration Reform
The pathway to citizenship is threatened in Congress, where the Senate parliamentarian recently ruled that immigration reform can’t be included in the pending budget bill.
Sep 24, 2021
‘Dehumanization of Palestinians’: US $1bn funding of Israel’s Iron Dome draws flak
"The controversial decision to approve $1 billion for Israel’s Iron Dome missile system has drawn flak from a cross-section of people, from politicians to activists to journalists in the US."
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
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 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 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.



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