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AFSC in the news

Jan 19, 2018
ICE Is Going After People Who Were Once Off-Limits
(The Nation)
The Trump administration is targeting leaders of the sanctuary movement.
Jan 19, 2018
'We believe in miracles': Greensboro man fights to stay in U.S.
(Greensboro News & Record)
Oscar Canales takes sanctuary in a Greensboro church.
Jan 19, 2018
Resolution helps advance justice for all
(The Advocate)
Support for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions is part of supporting human rights.
Jan 19, 2018
Winning the Fight Against Addiction in West Virginia
(West Virginia Public Radio)
The Front Porch podcast takes a look at the opioid crisis in West Virginia.
Jan 18, 2018
ICE Detained My Husband for Being an Activist
(New York Times)
Ravi Ragbir is a leader in New York's sanctuary movement. Now he's in detention.
Jan 18, 2018
Faith, hope, charity
(Greensboro News & Record)
A Greensboro church announced that it has taken in an immigrant who faces deportation under ramped-up enforcement pressure from federal agents.
Jan 18, 2018
Activists Urge Travelers to 'Know Your Rights' at US-Mexico Border Crossing
(NBC Bay Area)
In the past year alone, AFSC has documented more than 100 complaints of abuse ranging from physical, psychological and verbal.
Jan 18, 2018
As Government Shutdown Looms, Colorado Immigrants Push for "Clean" DREAM Act
Coloradans mobilize for a clean DREAM Act.
Jan 18, 2018
U.S. should take small steps toward peace with North Korea
(Seattle Times)
The Seattle Times interviews Linda Lewis about AFSC's work in North Korea.
Jan 18, 2018
Oscar Canales becomes the fifth person in sanctuary in North Carolina
(Triad City Beat)
Oscar Canales has taken sanctuary at a church in Greensboro.
Jan 17, 2018
Federal judge may extend freeze on Indonesian immigrants' deportation
(Union Leader)
A federal judge signaled she may extend an order preventing the deportation of about 50 Indonesian Christians living in New Hampshire.
Jan 16, 2018
Israel's Blacklisting of Quakers Is a Crime Against Jewish History
Support for BDS is no excuse for forgetting AFSC's history helping Jews escape Nazi persecution.
Jan 16, 2018
Salvadorans at risk of losing immigration status find support in churches
(Religion News Service)
Religious organizations respond to the termination of Temporary Protected Status for people from El Salvador.
Jan 16, 2018
The U.S. Rabbi Who Protested With MLK and the Dalai Lama
One of the rabbis who marched alongside Martin Luther King Jr. in the 1960s says he first learned about nonviolent resistance from AFSC.
Jan 16, 2018
With nuclear weapons, ‘oops’ just isn’t good enough
(Concord Monitor)
False ballistic missile alert highlights the dangers of nuclear war.
Jan 16, 2018
Prominent Immigrant Rights Leaders Fight Looming Deportations
Hundreds gathered in New York for a vigil in support of detained immigrant rights leaders Ravi Ragbir and Jean Montrevil.
Jan 15, 2018
Ahed Tamimi is the Palestinian Rosa Parks
(Al Jazeera)
It is possible for a single person to engage in an act of resistance against oppression and change the world.
Jan 15, 2018
Indonesian case to be heard Wednesday
(Seacoast Online)
AFSC plans prayer vigils in support of Indonesians facing deportation.
Jan 14, 2018
American Friends Service Committee responds to Israel ban
A statement from AFSC explains our longstanding support for a just and lasting peace in Palestine and Israel, and responds to Israel's BDS blacklist.
Jan 14, 2018
Priorities Can Change From Plans Listed in Governor's Speech
(Associated Press)
Gov. Kim Reynolds highlighted a range of priorities in her Condition of the State speech to Iowa lawmakers last week.
Jan 12, 2018
US Arrests Spouse of Peruvian in Refuge in Colorado Church
(Associated Press)
Eliseo is the husband of Ingrid Encalada Latorre, a leader in Colorado’s sanctuary movement who is currently in sanctuary at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Boulder.
Jan 12, 2018
Israel's BDS dilemma: Is it wise to blacklist the boycotters?
(Christian Science Monitor)
Critics say such moves corrode Israeli democracy.
Jan 12, 2018
Banning the Quakers won't stop our struggle for justice in Israel-Palestine
AFSC is being banned from entering Israel due to our support for a nonviolent struggle for equality.
Jan 11, 2018
The impact, and opportunity, of Israel’s BDS ban
The oddly selective blacklist is not about protecting Israel from anti-Semitic attacks, it is about defending it from the one strategy, BDS, that seems to be working.
Jan 11, 2018
Israel Bans The American Friends Service Committee
Last year, Israel amended a law to allow banning activists who promote the boycott of Israel and its settlements.



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