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AFSC in the news

Feb 17, 2018
Defending activism and the power of boycotts
(Concord Monitor)
Boycott, divestment, and sanctions is an essential tool for addressing human rights violations against Palestinians.
Feb 16, 2018
Can ICE stake out courthouses to arrest unauthorized immigrants?
ICE is targeting immigrants in and around courthouses.
Feb 16, 2018
Why Donald Trump could win the immigration fight - And how immigration activists can turn the tide.
(Washington Post)
Family reunification has long been the heart of U.S. immigration policy. Now the system is under threat.
Feb 16, 2018
What Works in Recovery from Opioid Addiction
(West Virginia Public Radio)
What works in recovery from opioid addiction, and how can we educate West Virginians about it?
Feb 15, 2018
Group rallies at the Capitol for criminal justice reform
(Charleston Gazette-Mail)
About 175 people gathered at the state Capitol to push for the rehabilitation and the future success of current and former prisoners in West Virginia.
Feb 15, 2018
DC Human Rights Report Reveals Room for Improvement
(The Hoya)
AFSC published its biennial report on Washington, D.C.’s progress as a “human rights city."
Feb 15, 2018
Groups host Criminal Justice Reform Day at W.Va. Capitol
High costs of incarceration were on the minds of dozens who were gathered at the West Virginia Capitol for Criminal Justice Reform Lobby Day.
Feb 15, 2018
Groups host Criminal Justice Reform Day at state capitol
Formerly incarcerated people, families, and allies traveled to the West Virginia Capitol to push for legislation that eases the burden on people who are in the criminal justice system.
Feb 13, 2018
Godwin-Ternbach Museum Introduces Waging Peace: 100 Years of Action Exhibit
(The Knight News)
The exhibition titled “Waging Peace: 100 Years of Action,” opened on Feb. 1 in the Queens College Godwin-Ternbach Museum.
Feb 13, 2018
How the immigration program Donald Trump wants to end helped diversify America
The Diversity Visa Lottery program is good for the United States.
Feb 12, 2018
House committee advances SNAP work requirement bill
(Charleston Gazette-Mail)
A House of Delegates committee sent to the floor a bill that would impose work requirements on people receiving benefits through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.
Feb 12, 2018
Bill would allow Iowans to request immigration status of people with criminal records
(Des Moines Register)
Iowans convicted of crimes would have their immigration status made public under a bill advanced in the Iowa House of Representatives.
Feb 11, 2018
Meet the controversial pastor fighting to protect N.J.'s undocumented immigrants
A New Jersey Reverend declares his church a sanctuary.
Feb 10, 2018
Last of iconic illegal immigration crossing signs has vanished in California
(Los Angeles Times)
Signs showing immigrants crossing the road near the border are removed.
Feb 9, 2018
Ravi Ragbir Wins Stay of Deportation After Filing Free Speech Suit Over Being Targeted for Activism
(Democracy Now)
Immigrant rights activist receives a stay of deportation while his lawsuit is pending.
Feb 9, 2018
Send a #ValentineToGaza
(Electronic Intifada)
A Valentine's Day social media campaign breaks through the isolation of the Gaza blockade.
Feb 9, 2018
Immigration activist tries to stave off deportation
(Newburgh Gazette)
An immigration activist whose long battle over deportation has drawn support from thousands won't have to leave country before a First Amendment lawsuit is heard.
Feb 8, 2018
Iowa ICE hotline releases call statistics
A hotline in Iowa that takes reports of Immigration and Customs Enforcement activity is releasing statistics from its first year in operation.
Feb 8, 2018
Salvadorans in Colorado worry about Homeland Security's decision to end 'protected status'
(ABC 7)
Nearly 2,000 Salvadorans who are living in Colorado under protected status may now face deportation.
Feb 8, 2018
Coloradans With Temporary Protected Status Organize to Counter Trump
TPS holders and allies are organizing to save TPS and to keep their communities informed.
Feb 7, 2018
What Life Is Like For Undocumented Immigrants In Trump's America
(A Plus)
At least four well-known immigrant rights activists were detained in the first few weeks of January alone.
Feb 6, 2018
Queens College kicks off its Black History Month series
(Time Ledger)
Queens College kicks off its Black History Month celebration with an interactive exhibition titled “Waging Peace: 100 Years of Action,” documenting the history of AFSC.
Feb 6, 2018
Arizona Proposing Harsher Sentences for Heroin, Despite Evidence They Don’t Work
(Phoenix New Times)
Advocates speak out against a bill in the Arizona House of Representatives that would add new mandatory minimums.
Feb 5, 2018
Eliseo Jurado Fernandez, partner of Peruvian woman living in sanctuary, posts bond in immigration court
(Denver Post)
Eliseo Jurado Fernandez posted bond and will be released from a private ICE detention facility in Aurora.
Feb 5, 2018
'Poor People's Campaign' promises nonviolent protest
(Union Leader)
A national movement to revive the Poor People’s Campaign launched half a century ago by the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. comes to New Hampshire.



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