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The American Friends Service Committee is a Quaker organization that promotes lasting peace with justice, as a practical expression of faith in action. Drawing on continuing spiritual insights and working with people of many backgrounds, we nurture the seeds of change and respect for human life that transform social systems.

AFSC in the news

Mar 4, 2018
Activists encourage divestment from “war machine”
(La Voz News)
Economic activism can be used to drive policy changes.
Mar 3, 2018
Oakland Mayor Proud She Tipped off Immigrants About ICE Raid
(Newburgh Gazette)
Mayor Libby Schaff makes an effort to make sure immigrants know their rights.
Mar 3, 2018
Hudson County ends controversial partnership with ICE
Hudson County has decided to end its controversial partnership with federal immigration officers.
Mar 3, 2018
Burmese refugees 'scared' of new letters from federal immigration office
(The Courier)
A letter sent to at Cedar Valley residents from Myanmar has some residents — and the local refugee advocacy office — worried.
Mar 2, 2018
Hudson County ends participation in federal immigration detention program
The county announced it will withdraw from a controversial federal program that trained staff to determine the immigration status of those held in jails.
Mar 2, 2018
Students are judge and jury at St. Louis high school
(St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
Peer mediators help resolve conflict and build skills at a Saint Louis high school.
Mar 2, 2018
Is the Teacher Strike a Political Awakening? Or Labor's Last Gasp?
(West Virginia Public Radio)
The walkout of school employees is entering its second week, and there's no sign of it stopping yet.
Mar 1, 2018
ICE arrests of N.J. immigrants without criminal records more than doubled in 2017
More than twice as many undocumented immigrants in New Jersey with no criminal histories were arrested by ICE last year as compared to 2016.
Feb 28, 2018
Closing Rikers Is Just The Start
(Huffington Post)
We need to abolish a bail system that incarcerates people simply because they cannot afford to buy their freedom.
Feb 28, 2018
Escondido Passes on Federal Funds That Would've Required ICE Cooperation
(Voice of San Diego)
The Escondido Police Department has decided not to accept a community policing grant from the Department of Justice.
Feb 27, 2018
Women Prisoners Fight for More Pads
Are these women being punished for having periods? These former prisoners had only 12 pads every month in Arizona's prisons.
Feb 27, 2018
2018 DOR Celebrates 30th Anniversary of Civil Liberties Act
(Rafu Shimpo)
“The Victory and … the Unfinished Business” was the theme of this year’s Day of Remembrance program, held Feb. 17 at the Japanese American National Museum in Little Tokyo.
Feb 25, 2018
Something for everyone in the Concord Civics Academy
(Concord Monitor)
The Concord Civics Academy helps New Hampshire residents understand how local government works and how they can get involved.
Feb 23, 2018
Let Women In Prison Have Their Periods In Peace
(Huffington Post)
Formerly incarcerated women lead a successful campaign to increase access to pads and tampons for women in prison in Arizona.
Feb 23, 2018
How Can We Resolve the Teacher Work Stoppage?
(West Virginia Public Radio)
Thousands of West Virginia school employees flooded the state Capitol, asking for pay increases and a fix for the state employees health insurance system.
Feb 22, 2018
Queens College welcomes warriors for peace
(Queens Chronicle)
AFSC's "Waging Peace" exhibit comes to Queens College in New York.
Feb 22, 2018
Chicago's Youth Push Back Against Mayor's Proposed "Cop Academy," Demand More Investment in Communities
Chicago communities come together to stop a police training facility, and instead demand a real solution to police violence.
Feb 21, 2018
The Treatment Industrial Complex
(East Bay Express)
As California reduces its prison population, a notorious private prison company has landed a multimillion-dollar contract to provide reentry services.
Feb 20, 2018
The Price of Sanctuary
Organizers from North Carolina's sanctuary movement weigh in on the growing sanctuary movement.
Feb 20, 2018
Inside the Fight for Menstrual Equity in America's Prisons
Across the country, activists are working to increase access to menstrual products for incarcerated people.
Feb 20, 2018
Trailblazers exhibit features notable African-Americans in Pa. history
Exhibit features eight new posters of African Americans who played a significant role in the history of the Pennsylvania.
Feb 19, 2018
Local activists raise awareness about the issue of wage theft
AFSC's Lori Khamala discusses wage theft – an issue that affects (at least) 84,000 North Carolinians a year.
Feb 19, 2018
A single mom, undocumented, living in the shadow of Ice
(The Guardian)
A Portuguese immigrant feels at home in New Jersey, but the fear of deportation and being separated from her children is paralyzing.
Feb 19, 2018
Honoring GIs and veterans who fought for peace in Vietnam
Paul Lauter reflects on his work with AFSC during the Vietnam War.
Feb 19, 2018
Thank You, Sir. May I Have Another…Pad?
(Feminist Wire)
Formerly incarcerated activists speak out in favor of an Arizona bill that would give incarcerated women access to feminine hygiene products.



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