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AFSC in the news

Mar 21, 2019
Arturo Hernandez Garcia, a leader in Colorado’s sanctuary movement, ordered to leave U.S.
(Denver Post)
50 supporters demonstrate and give speeches on behalf of Hernandez Garcia outside ICE offices in Denver.
Mar 21, 2019
An angel for Razan’s mother
(Electronic Intifada)
A speaking tour with Ahmed Abu Artema sparks conversations about Gaza in New Mexico.
Mar 20, 2019
Do Anti-Extremism Tactics Harm Muslim and Arab Communities?
Community and civil rights organizations critique the "Countering Violent Extremism" program that leads to racial profiling.
Mar 20, 2019
The War on Terror in Our Communities
On the 16th anniversary of the Iraq war, AFSC's Mary Zerkel looks at the dangers of the Countering Violent Extremism program.
Mar 12, 2019
Workers impacted by ICE raid at Zion Market voice their concerns
Former employees of a grocery store speak out against an ICE raid that targeted their store.
Mar 12, 2019
Groups boycott commission to study immigration enforcement
(New Hampshire Union Leader)
New Hampshire organizations call on the state senate to reject a bill that as initially filed would require local police to cooperate in federal immigration enforcement.
Mar 11, 2019
Disappointment, but still some hope for criminal justice reform advocates
(Associated Press)
An ambitious criminal justice reform agenda with substantial support on both sides of the partisan aisle will have to wait another year.
Mar 9, 2019
In Franklin, city and residents grapple with homelessness
(Concord Monitor)
The city of Franklin experiences an increase in homelessness.
Mar 8, 2019
Border Shutdowns: State Violence and Psychological Warfare Performed
Violence from CBP and the excessive militarization of Mexico-U.S. land ports of entry normalize the image of the U.S. at ‘war’ against the transborder community and asylum seekers.
Mar 7, 2019
Criticism of Israeli policy is not anti-Semitism
(The Hill)
A House Bill designed to censure Rep. Ilhan Omar for criticizing Israel's policies is troubling.
Mar 7, 2019
Youth need to know there is a plan for mental health
Policy change is needed in West Virginia to support the mental health of young people.
Mar 6, 2019
U.N. warns of worst food harvest in North Korea in a decade
North Korea’s food production fell as natural disasters hit the country already under crippling international sanctions.
Mar 6, 2019
Immigration advocates call on legislators to end ICE county jail contracts
The "Walk in Darkness" stops at local legislators’ offices in Jersey City and Newark to call on elected officials to end county jail contracts with ICE.
Mar 6, 2019
What is the vision behind Palestine's Great March of Return protests?
Palestinian journalist and activist Ahmed Abu Artema talks to AFSC staffers Jehad Abusalim and Noam Perry about the Great March of Return.
Mar 5, 2019
Company that runs Homestead detention center cancels stock offering after growing outcry
(Miami Herald)
The company that runs the Homestead detention center canceled its plans to go public after a growing outcry over the firm making money off the children.
Mar 5, 2019
Minimum wage hikes win wide support at NH Senate hearing
(New Hampshire Business Review)
In New Hampshire, communities demand a higher minimum wage.
Mar 3, 2019
A mother sought sanctuary in a church basement in 2017. She's still there
(NBC News)
In 2017, Juana Tobar Ortega took sanctuary in a North Carolina church.
Mar 3, 2019
In Homestead, Fla., I was a witness to the suffering of children
(Concord Monitor)
A detention center in Homestead is holding more than 1,500 young immigrants.
Mar 2, 2019
The future of AZ criminal justice reform is unclear as several bills fail to advance in House
(Arizona Daily Star)
A new poll shows strong bipartisan support for criminal justice reform by Arizona voters, but state lawmakers might not be getting the message.
Mar 2, 2019
Ames United Church of Christ hosts immigration focused weekend
(Ames Tribune)
The Ames United Church of Christ hosted their 35th Annual Theologian in Residence, with a focus on immigration.
Mar 1, 2019
Jean Fairfax, Unsung but Undeterred in Integrating Schools, Dies at 98
(New York Times)
The New York Times looks at the life of former AFSC staffer and lifelong activist Jean Fairfax.
Feb 28, 2019
Prevalece oposición a construcción del Muro, revela encuesta; pero el voto será de la mayoría republicana
(El Latino San Diego)
Opposition to President Trump's border wall continues.
Feb 28, 2019
Documentary, House Bill Aim For Arizona Criminal Justice Reform
In Arizona, House Bill 2270 would allow some prisoners to earn early release credits.
Feb 28, 2019
Smith College to honor activist Frances Crowe at 100
A founder of AFSC's Western Massachusetts chapter and lifelong activist is celebrated.
Feb 28, 2019
A Conversation with the Palestinian Non-Violence Activist Who Sparked Gaza Marches
Palestinian activist Ahmed Abu Artema starts on a U.S. speaking tour with AFSC.



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