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Jul 20, 2015

Group takes to Capitol to protest spending on extra prison beds   (Arizona Capitol Times)
During a press conference at the Capitol, AFSC's Caroline Isaacs and others urge the governor and lawmakers to cancel plans to expand Arizona's prison system.

Jul 16, 2015

Editor's Note: Dear Private Prison Industry   (Tucson Weekly)
AFSC has been working to stop prison privatization in Arizona for years, reporting on the effects of long-term isolation, inadequate healthcare, and deplorable conditions of confinement.

Jul 15, 2015

Bombers, Blood, and Teddy Bears: Posters from the 2014 War on Gaza   (Mondoweiss)
Palestinians who were killed in Israel’s 50-day military operation against Gaza last summer have been immortalized in the posters that have emerged from the conflict.
Chicago’s Rebel Rabbi Standing with Palestinians: “We Must Stand with the Oppressed and Call Out the Oppressor”   (Centre for Research on Globalization)
Interview with AFSC's Midwest Regional Director Brant Rosen discusses his opposition to the occupation of the Palestinian territory and what solidarity means to him.

Jul 14, 2015

Arizona postpones bidding for more private prisons   (Arizona Republic)
In a victory for anti-privatization advocates, the Arizona Department of Corrections has postponed the bidding process for a new private prison.

Jul 13, 2015

Are working people living too well?   (Charleston Gazette)
AFSC's Rick Wilson talks about the political climate, economic justice and the struggles of working people in West Virginia.
Department Of Corrections Delays Bids For New Medium-Security Beds   (KJZZ)
Arizona extends due date for private prison companies to apply to build more beds in the wake of disturbances at the Kingman State Prison.

Jul 12, 2015

Private prisons reflect outdated Arizona corrections policy   (Arizona Daily Sun )
Arizona Daily Sun's Editorial Board questions the state's sentencing and corrections policies, as well as the utility of private prisons.

Jul 11, 2015

California's Invasive 'Contraband Watch' Often Yields Little   (Associated Press)
Prisoners' rights advocates speak out against a controversial method to recover contraband from people in prison.

Jul 9, 2015

10 Years Later, Israel Under Pressure From Successful Boycott Movement   (MintPress News)
On July 9, 2005, over 170 Palestinian organizations united to demand that the world stop supporting Israel, launching the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement. What have they accomplished?

Jul 7, 2015

Ducey Wants Investigation of For-Profit Prison in Kingman   (Arizona NPR)
A string of incidents that escalated to full-scale rioting at a privately run prison complex in Kingman is raising worries over the how the facility is managed.
Multiple Investigations Surrounding The State Prison In Kingman   (KJZZ)
AFSC calls for an independent investigation into privately operated Kingman State Prison after multiple riots.

Jul 6, 2015

For-profit prisons threaten public safety   (Arizona Republic )
This op ed from AFSC's Caroline Isaacs explains why for-profit prisons threaten the safety of prisoners, staff, and the public.
Arizona taxpayers should 'riot' over private prisons   (Arizona Republic)
Poor management, violations of prisoners' rights, untrained stadd, and poorly constructed facilities all mean private prisons end up costing tax-payers more in the long run

Jul 5, 2015

Ducey calls for investigation of Kingman prison riot   (Arizona Republic)
In the wake of unrest at a for-profit prison outside Kingman, AFSC's Caroline Isaacs and others point to the failures of prison privatization.

Jun 30, 2015

Basu: No hecklers allowed   (Des Moines Register)
Activists raising tough questions for candidates and politicians face removal and sometimes arrest for trying to exercise their right to free speech.
Report: Murrieta Immigrant Protest Example Of Collusion   (KPBS)
A new report shows that border patrol authorities have been colluding with anti-immigration groups in order to "inject negative biases into the broader immigration debate."
Crowd turns out for racial equality event in Charleston   (Charleston Gazette)
Crowds gather in Charleston to talk about steps to take to promote racial equality.
How to reduce Michigan's corrections budget in the long term   (Michigan Public Radio)
AFSC's Natalie Holbrook explains why the only logical and moral way to cut corrections spending is by reducing the prison population and closing prisons.

Jun 29, 2015

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

Jun 27, 2015

On prisons, Arizona stays tough   (Arizona Daily Star)
Experts weigh in on the problems with Arizona's "tough on crime" approach and skyrocketing corrections budget.
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.

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