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AFSC in the news

Feb 4, 2018
One year later, Greensboro communities still say no to Muslim ban
(Greensboro News & Record)
On the anniversary of the Muslim Ban, Greensboro communities are still mobilized to support refugees and confront Islamophobia.
Feb 4, 2018
In Philly and across the nation, more immigrants take church sanctuary to block deportation
(Philadelphia Inquirer)
As more people take sanctuary, advocates say systemic change is needed to U.S. immigration policies.
Feb 2, 2018
Sustaining 'Sustained Outrage' after the Charleston Gazette-Mail Bankruptcy
(West Virginia Public Radio)
Commentators reflect on how to keep accountability journalism healthy and strong in West Virginia.
Feb 2, 2018
CAI training inspires acceptance on campus
(The Guilfordian)
A Communities Against Islamophobia training helps students and community members confront bias.
Feb 1, 2018
People Went To A State Of The Union Viewing Party To Throw Flip-Flops At Trump’s Face
(Huffington Post)
A creative response to the racism in President Trump's State of the Union address mobilizes people in San Diego.
Jan 31, 2018
While you were arguing about the anthem, Colin Kaepernick just finished donating $1 million
Football player Colin Kaepernick has donated to many social justice organizations -- including AFSC.
Jan 31, 2018
Trump doesn't recognize foreign-born black and brown people as American
(The Hill)
Efforts to eliminate the Diversity Visa lottery program are rooted in racism.
Jan 31, 2018
An Israeli group is suing 2 BDS activists over a canceled Lorde concert
(Think Progress)
Using an untested law, an Israeli legal group said it is suing two activists in New Zealand for allegedly getting singer Lorde to cancel a show in Tel Aviv.
Jan 31, 2018
Watch San Diegans hurl flip flops, or 'chanclas,' at Trump's State of the Union address
(San Diego Union Tribune)
As millions of people across the U.S. tuned in Tuesday to watch President Donald Trump’s first State of the Union address on television, one San Diego viewing party stood out from the rest.
Jan 30, 2018
Immigrant Rights Activist Ravi Ragbir Released from ICE Custody
(India West)
Prominent immigrant rights activist Ravidath ‘Ravi’ Ragbir was released from an Immigrant and Customs Enforcement detention center.
Jan 30, 2018
Ravi Ragbir Speaks Out After Being Freed from “Unnecessarily Cruel” ICE Detention
AFSC's Amy Gottlieb and her husband Ravi Ragbir speak out against unjust detention.
Jan 30, 2018
Open Spectrum Dialogues presents "what is our moral response to mass deportation"
(Broadway World)
AFSC's Amy Gottlieb speaks to the devastating consequences of detention and deportation.
Jan 29, 2018
Trump's border wall: prototypes loom large, but where are the protesters?
(The Guardian)
Activists respond creatively to Trump's immigration policies.
Jan 29, 2018
Federal judge orders the release of nationally known immigrant rights leader Ravi Ragbir
(The Independent)
An immigrant rights leader has been released from federal detention after a judge called his imprisonment “cruel” and “unnecessary."
Jan 27, 2018
Charities see nail clippers, shovels are North Korean no-nos
(Washington Post)
Sanctions create challenges to providing humanitarian aid.
Jan 26, 2018
New York Times “debate” on Palestinian refugees leaves out Palestinian experts
(Electronic Intifada)
The New York Times recently gave a platform to the head of an organization that thinks it is acceptable to deprive children of basic needs in order to pressure Palestinian leaders to cede rights.
Jan 26, 2018
Celebrities back Palestinian refugees as Trump makes new threats
(Electronic Intifada)
Prominent actors and artists are rallying to support UNRWA, a UN agency that works to meet the basic humanitarian needs of Palestinian refugees.
Jan 26, 2018
Arizona Governor Signs Law He Sought to Target Opioid Abuse
(Associated Press)
Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey has signed a new law designed to crack down on opioid abuse and cut the number of overdose deaths.
Jan 26, 2018
Doomsday and the Apocalyptic Trump Nuclear War Fighting Doctrine
The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists just moved the hands of its iconic Doomsday Clock to two minutes before midnight.
Jan 25, 2018
Governor’s opioid epidemic playbook is one to follow
(Arizona Capitol Times)
A bipartisan process moves the conversation about the opioid epidemic forward in Arizona.
Jan 24, 2018
As ICE Cracks Down, Activists Feel Targeted
Under Trump, activists are targeted for detention and deportation.
Jan 23, 2018
Prison Rights Advocates on Solitary Confinement: 'This Is Torture'
Chris Hedges delves into the U.S. prison system with Ojore Lutalo and Bonnie Kerness.
Jan 22, 2018
Feds Claim They Don’t Know Why Prominent Community Activist Ravi Ragbir Was Arrested
(India West)
Attorneys for Immigration and Customs Enforcement could not explain why prominent community activist Ravi Ragbir was arrested by ICE.
Jan 22, 2018
Demonstrators March For Husband Of Woman In Sanctuary
(CBS Denver)
Supporters of Eliseo Judaro rally outside an immigration court to demand his release.
Jan 21, 2018
New sheriff's powers raise concerns among community advocates, activists
(San Diego Union Tribune)
A new ordinance that gives the sheriff authority to restrict public access during political protests draws scrutiny from civil-rights advocates.



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