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Mar 30, 2019
Gaza's Great March of Return protests explained
(Al Jazeera)
Here's the backstory of the Great March of Return protests and the conditions that have brought Gaza to this point.
Mar 30, 2019
Hope for meaningful criminal justice reform diminishes as bills die in AZ legislature
(Arizona Daily Star)
Two bills addressing criminal-justice reform in Arizona died in the Legislature.
Mar 30, 2019
Newest Shelter for Asylum Seekers Opens Amid Tensions at Border
(NBC Bay Area)
Newest Shelter for Asylum Seekers Opens Amid Tensions at Border
Mar 30, 2019
A year after the Great March of Return, Palestinians are still fighting for freedom
(Washington Post)
Ahmad Abu Artema explains why the Great March of Return is a necessary response to the oppression of Palestinians in Gaza.
Mar 28, 2019
U.S. must lead by example on human rights
(Asbury Park Press)
Forcing migrants to wait in Mexico while their asylum claims are processed is wrong.
Mar 27, 2019
Last Remaining Sentencing Reform Bill Would Free None Of The 41,000 People In Arizona Prisons
A new bill that would give people convicted of certain drug offenses an oportunity to earn release credits would not apply to those already serving time.
Mar 27, 2019
It’s time to eliminate ‘debtor’s jail’ and pass bail reform
(Michigan Advance)
There is growing momentum to end bail and exorbitant court costs and fines.
Mar 27, 2019
Baton Rouge peacekeeper living faith in community of his roots
(The Advocate)
Former AFSC staff Edgar Cage has devoted his life to peace.
Mar 26, 2019
New caravan of 2,600 migrants could be headed towards US border
(ABC 10)
A caravan of migrants is traveling toward the U.S. border in search of safety.
Mar 26, 2019
“Hold Israel Accountable”: Palestinians Call on Int’l Community to Oppose Golan Heights Annexation
(Democracy Now!)
President Trump recognizes Israel's control of the Golan Heights, in opposition to international law.
Mar 26, 2019
Fears of New Gaza Invasion Rise as Israel Launches Airstrikes and Mobilizes Along Border
(Democracy Now!)
Israel has bombed Gaza for a third day in a row and mobilized dozens of tanks, raising fears that the Israeli government could launch another invasion.
Mar 26, 2019
New Jersey Is Addicted to ICE
(The Nation)
New Jersey counties are balancing their budgets through detaining immigrants.
Mar 26, 2019
Fears of New Gaza Invasion Rise as Israel Launches Airstrikes and Mobilizes Along Border
(Democracy Now!)
Israel has bombed Gaza for a third day in a row and mobilized dozens of tanks, raising fears that Israel could launch another invasion.
Mar 26, 2019
Humanitarian Groups Say Sanctions Impede Aid to North Koreans
(Voice of America)
Humanitarian groups are continuing to face complications when delivering aid to North Korea as the U.S. maintains its “maximum pressure” sanctions campaign on the country.
Mar 25, 2019
Kimbrough: "I will obey the law." Forsyth sheriff discusses proposed bill on cooperating with ICE.
(Winston Salem Journal)
A North Carolina sherrif says he will cooperate with Immigration and Customs Enforcement if a law is passed.
Mar 24, 2019
Communities, lawmakers call for action to reduce nuclear threat
(Concord Monitor)
AFSC’s Arnie Alpert writes about the growing movement to move the world toward abolishing nuclear weapons.
Mar 22, 2019
How to respond to Islamophobic comments
AFSC provides resources for how to confront Islamophobia.
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 21, 2019
ICE turns thumbs down on Thornton dad's stay of deportation request
(ABC 7)
Longtime Colorado resident Arturo Hernandez Garcia was denied a stay of deportation.
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
North Korea Through the Eyes of an American Dissident
(The Nation)
A new play looks at the U.S.-North Korea relationship.
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 15, 2019
'Stop funding Israel,' Gaza's Ahmed Abu Artema tells New Yorkers
(Middle East Eye)
Ahmed Abu Artema, the Palestinian writer whose social media post catalysed the Great March of Return in Gaza in 2018, delivered a moving account of life in Gaza.
Mar 14, 2019
Marching for freedom in Palestine
(Santa Fe New Mexican)
Ahmed Abu Artema is a Palestinian writer, whose ideas gave rise to the Great March of Return last year.



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