May 22, 2015
Chris Christie Uses Prisoners to Fix His Office Furniture (The Nation)
The state of New Jersey has saved millions of dollars by relying on prison labor to refurbish furniture in the governor’s office. AFSC's Bonnie Kerness weighs in.
May 21, 2015
"Something Better" Than Detention for Immigrants? (Truthout)
Is electronic monitoring an acceptable alternative to immigrant detention? AFSC and other organizations raise concerns.
May 15, 2015
Immigrant Bed Quota Ensures Profits, Not Safety (CQ Rollcall)
AFSC's Lia Lindsey challenges politicians who support the detention bed quota while taking money from companies that run for-profit prisons.
May 14, 2015
Demand for dignity at the border (San Diego Reader)
AFSC and others join together to revitalize, not militarize, border communities.
May 13, 2015
Protesters campaign against the use of solitary confinement in California prisons (SF Gate)
Demonstrators in Oakland work to bring the public's attention to the use of solitary confinement and why the practice of keeping people in isolation must be stopped.
Activists Inform People About Their Rights Crossing The San Ysidro Border (San Diego Public Radio)
Immigrants often face harassment, brutality, and deportation at the border. A coalition of border activists use creative action to inform people about their rights.
Interfaith activists call solitary confinement immoral, ineffective (Washington Post)
Advocates of diverse faiths from across the country go to communities, state governments, and the United Nations in an effort to end solitary confinement.
Program Providing Legal Help to Immigrants Will Expand Beyond New York City (New York Times)
A new fellowship program called "Immigrant Justice Corps" sends law school graduates to help immigrant rights programs like the one AFSC runs in Newark.
May 10, 2015
Advocates: Expand state prisoner transition program (Arizona Daily Sun)
Expanding reentry resources and transitional programs for Arizona prisoners could benefit everyone.
May 7, 2015
The Front Porch: Five Taxes That Could Be Cut (West Virginia Public Radio)
Rick Wilson makes the case that cutting taxes for businesses doesn't help low-income West Virginians. Instead, he advocates investment in education.
May 6, 2015
'I Employed My Brother's Kidnapper' (BBC World Service)
Victor Ochen talks to the BBC about life in the IDP camps, his peace building work in Uganda, and what it means to be nominated for a Nobel Prize by the American Friends Service Committee.
Program Supports Young Farmers (89.9 KUNM)
An AFSC program trains young farmers across New Mexico on sustainable farming practices.
The Larger Problem in Baltimore (The Progressive)
AFSC's Dominque Stevenson and Eddie Conway outline the systemic forces that led to the death of Freddie Gray and the repression of young people of color in Baltimore.
On the trail (The Sound)
AFSC staff in New Hampshire train volunteers to ask the presidential candidates tough questions in the lead up to the New Hampshire primaries.
May 4, 2015
Baltimore youths lead call for change (Boston Globe)
Young people are coming together to advocate for positive change in Baltimore, explains AFSC's Farajii Muhammad.
Baltimore Killed Freddie Gray (Politico)
In 1968, AFSC released a report saying that Baltimore's uprising in April of 1968 came as no surprise. Almost 50 years later, not much has changed.
May 1, 2015
45 Years and Waiting (Huffington Post)
The Peace and Planet Mobilization--convened by AFSC and others--calls on the NPT Review Conference to take serious steps towards nuclear disarmament.
The Front Porch: Just How Racist Is Appalachia? (West Virginia Public Radio)
Rick Wilson discusses the meaning of race and racism in Appalachia and in the United States more broadly.
Baltimore Activists Recount How Police Unions Crushed Accountability Reforms (The Intercept)
Maryland's powerful police-paid lobbyists block legislative attempts at police reform just weeks before Baltimore police kill Freddie Gray.
Apr 30, 2015
"Thugs," "Hooligans" and "Riots," Challenging Narratives With Dominque Stevenson (Truthout)
Truthout shares footage from the Real News Network interview with AFSC's Dominque Stevenson about racism and community engagement in Baltimore.
Apr 29, 2015
Peace by Piece: Seeking Solutions for Baltimore (Public News Service)
Dominque Stevenson explains how threats of white supremacist attacks, along with systemic racism and poverty, led to clashes between police and protesters.
Apr 28, 2015
Nuclear Attack Survivors, 70 Years Later, Now Fading Away (New York Times)
Survivors of the nuclear bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki travel to New York for the Peace and Planet mobilization against nuclear weapons.
Baltimore resident: Where are the leaders? (CNN)
AFSC's Farajii Muhammad explains why protests have erupted in the wake of the Death of Freddie Gray.
Apr 27, 2015
As Nuke Talks Begin, U.N. Chief Warns of Dangerous Return to Cold War Mentalities (InterPress News Service)
In the face of ongoing threats of nuclear war, AFSC's Joseph Gerson and others speak out in advance of the 2015 NPT Review Conference at the United Nations.
On Eve of Non-Proliferation Conference, 'Clarion Call' for Nuke-Free World (Common Dreams)
Peace and Planet mobilization demonstrates international civil societies commitment to peace and disarmament.