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Jun 29, 2015

N.J. Supreme Court case to decide fate of abused immigrant children   (NJ.com)
AFSC participates in a legal challenge to expand the ability of immigrant children to stay in the United States.

Jun 27, 2015

Church-based BDS does not unfairly ‘single out’ Israel   (+972 )
Op Ed makes the case for why faith-based activists engage in Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions campaign.

Jun 25, 2015

Concord faith communities gather to mourn Charleston shooting victims, pray for peace   (Concord Monitor)
In the wake of the racially motivated killing of nine people at an AME Church in Charleston, an interfaith gathering in Concord gathers to pray for peace.

Jun 24, 2015

The Most Racist Flag   (Real News Network)
As states across the south finally remove confederate flags, AFSC's Kamau Franklin speaks to the broader need to address white supremacy in the United States.
Colombian army's top leadership not facing justice in killings, report says   (Los Angeles Times)
AFSC's John Lindsay-Poland weighs in on extrajudicial killings in Colombia and the government's failure to take action.

Jun 23, 2015

Event aims to improve racial equality in WV   (Charleston Daily Mail )
In West Virginia, an AFSC program rallies the community to generate concrete solutions to address systemic racism.
19 Dems urge Kerry to make detained Palestinian children a priority   (Jewish Telegraphic Agency )
After AFSC and other organizations held a congressional briefing, lawmakers in Washington publish a letter voicing their concerns over the military detention of Palestinian children.
Dems tell Kerry: Don’t ignore Palestinian children   (The Hill)
Due to advocacy efforts by AFSC and other organizations, a group of 18 Democratic lawmakers are urging the State Department to do all it can to make Israel give better treatment to Palestinian children held in detention.

Jun 22, 2015

Corruption Bird Dogs Accuse Candidates of ‘Governing Under The Influence’   (MintPress News)
Grassroots activists in New Hampshire and Iowa press presidential hopefuls on the role corporations play in militarism, war, and immigrant detention.

Jun 21, 2015

Voters in New Hampshire looking to political boot camps to prep for 2016   (Fox News)
AFSC activists in New Hampshire train residents on how to get presidential candidates to answer questions about important issues in the lead up to the New Hampshire Primary.

Jun 18, 2015

Woman dies after smuggling boat capsizes   (U-T San Diego)
AFSC's Pedro Rios questions patrol boats' practice of firing "warning shots" after a woman dies trying to enter the U.S. via boat.

Jun 17, 2015

Young adults speak out about raising the minimum wage in KC   (Fox 4)
In Kansas City, young people from AFSC's youth program take to the streets to highlight the importance of paying workers a living wage.
North Korea says hit by worst drought in 100 years   (Reuters)
As drought strikes the DPRK (North Korea), AFSC's farm management programs train in new planting techniques to conserve water.

Jun 16, 2015

Colorado immigration activists join U.S. hunger strike   (Colorado Independent)
Colorado activists participate in a national hunger strike to try and prevent the deportation of Arturo Hernandez Garcia and to ask ICE officials to exercise discretion in deportation proceedings.

Jun 15, 2015

Jeb Bush Goes Off Script To Promise Immigration Reform   (Huffington Post)
Jeb Bush is compelled to address immigration issues after activists stand up at his campaign announcement to spell out "legal status is not enough."
Rogers urges 2016 focus on security   (Detroit News)
As military contractors and former government officials host forums on foreign policy in the 2016 elections, AFSC's Governing Under the Influence project calls into question whether foreign policy should be dictated by self-interested corporations.

Jun 13, 2015

James Beard Foundation honors Bustos’ fight for rights, education of farmers   (Santa Fe New Mexican)
Don Bustos--farmer, educator, and co-director of AFSC's New Mexico Program--is receiving the James Beard Award for his work in support of farmers’ rights and education, and efforts to include farmers of color in the national food movement.

Jun 12, 2015

Invest in Des Moines hotel, get a green card   (Des Moines Register)
AFSC's Jody Meshak speaks out about a two tiered system that allows wealthy investors a path to citizenship but leaves other immigrants behind.
Coming Home Straight From Solitary Damages Inmates And Their Families   (NPR)
Thousands of people every year are released directly from solitary confinement to the streets without mental health treatment or support.

Jun 11, 2015

Palestinian American teen recounts Israeli assault to packed room on Capitol Hill   (Electronic Intifada)
Lawmakers hear testimony at a congressional briefing from Palestinian youth who have been detained and assaulted by Israeli soldiers.

Jun 10, 2015

FBI Investigates Border Death of El Cajon Resident Shot With Taser   (KPBS)
Immigrant rights groups push for investigation into whether Customs and Border Patrol agents are adhering to their own use of force policies.
Disproven tax ‘remedies’ can still hurt you   (Charleston Gazette)
AFSC's Rick Wilson explains why cutting taxes to create jobs in a failed solution that creates more problems for state governments and communities.
Don't Be Fooled: New Bipartisan AUMF Greenlights Endless War   (Common Dreams)
AFSC's Policy Impact Coordinator critiques the new "Authorization for Use of Military Force" for continuing to allow for U.S. military action across the globe with very few restrictions.

Jun 9, 2015

Advocacy groups criticize $500 million in local jail funding   (San Francisco Chronicle)
Sixteen California advocacy groups--including AFSC--are criticizing the way a state board is distributing $500 million for construction of local jails.
Critics: $50 million for private prison beds could be better spent   (Arizona Republic)
Opponents of private prisons in Arizona suggest that investment in prevention and rehabilitation, rather than prison expansion, is better for the state.

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