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Apr 16, 2015
Working and on welfare: NH tops
(Union Leader)
A new study reveals that New Hampshire tops the list for the portion of its public assistance funding that goes to working families. Advocates point to the need to raise the minimum wage.
Apr 15, 2015
"Listening Project" Reveals Deep Concerns about Federal Budget
(Public News Service)
AFSC meets with Kansas City leaders to find out how those who serve local communities feel about how their federal tax dollars are spent.
Apr 8, 2015
MLK's Call to Honor Peace, Justice and Our Planet Still Challenges Us
(Truthout)
In this op ed, AFSC's Joseph Gerson--along with Jaqueline Cabasso and Kevin Martin--situate the current struggle to abolish nuclear weapons within Martin Luther King, Jr.'s denunciation of racism, materialism, and militarism.
Apr 7, 2015
Governing "Under the Influence" of Pentagon Contractors
(Public News Service)
There's no shortage of lawmakers calling for more military spending, but a security expert says New Hampshire and the nation would be better served by focusing on the real needs of Americans.
Apr 5, 2015
Boycott, Divest and Sanction Corporations That Feed on Prisons
(Truthdig)
Activists call for boycotts of companies profiting from prison expansion.
Apr 4, 2015
Policy analyst to speak on weapons proliferation and military
(Concord Monitor)
William Hartung, director of Arms and Security Project at the Center for International Policy, joins AFSC for a speaking tour on weapons proliferation and the military-industrial complex.
Apr 4, 2015
Anthony, N.M., farm training organic farmers of the future for local food network
(El Paso Times)
The Sol y Tierra Growers farm trains farmers on sustainable practices, promotes access to healthy food, and boosts the local economy.
Apr 1, 2015
Republican Budget Cuts In New Hampshire Provoke Backlash From Clergy
(Think Progress)
An interfaith coalition in New Hampshire calls New Hampshire's state budget proposal "immoral."
Mar 30, 2015
6 Ways to Get Big Money Out of Politics
(Huffington Post)
Ben Cohen urges the public to follow AFSC's lead to ask presidential candidates tough questions about corporate influence over public policy.
Mar 30, 2015
Who Are the Nuclear Scofflaws?
(Time Magazine)
Many nations, including the U.S., continue to flout the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty. The mobilization for Peace and Planet hopes to change that.
Mar 30, 2015
Christie Turns Back on NJ Immigrants in Bid for GOP Right, Critics Contend
(NJ Spotlight)
Immigrant rights groups speak out as Governor Christie tries to block President Obama's immigration reforms.
Mar 30, 2015
NH voters train to become political bird dogs
(Boston Globe)
AFSC teaches ways to frame pointed questions and buttonhole presidential hopefuls who visit Granite State.
Mar 30, 2015
Immigration Reform: The Drawbacks of E-Verify
(New York Times)
AFSC's Immigration Programs Coordinator, Gabe Camacho's op-ed on the drawbacks of E-Verify published in New York Times.
Mar 26, 2015
Privatize detention centers? Bad idea
(Concord Monitor)
Op ed by Arnie Alpert speaks out about the dangers of privatizing New Hampshire's detention centers.
Mar 25, 2015
Hey, World! Let's Create a Nuclear-Free Future
(Truthout)
This short video shows how nuclear abolition connects deeply with struggles to end and prevent wars, increase peace, and achieve economic and environmental justice in our local communities and around the world.
Mar 24, 2015
Seattle Voices with Ariel Hart
(Seattle Voices)
Anti-racist organizer Ariel Hart discusses institutional racism, the prison industrial complex, and what young people in Seattle are doing to advocate for justice.
Mar 24, 2015
N.J. treats immigrants 'like second-class residents,' new group says
(NJ.com)
Liberal, labor and immigrant rights groups join together to form a coalition supporters say will push for driver's licenses for undocumented immigrants, improved relations between police and immigrants and more.
Mar 22, 2015
Activists fast to show support for $10 minimum wage
(Indianapolis Star)
About 100 community activists fast for 72.5 hours to protest the Indiana General Assembly's lack of support for raising the $7.25 per hour minimum wage.
Mar 21, 2015
Palestinians speak truth to Netanyahu's double-speak
(Des Moines Register)
Three women from "Palestinian Youth: Together for Change" speak out about occupation and repression in the wake of Israel's elections.
Mar 20, 2015
Anti-Citizens United Activists Get Ready For 2016 Presidential Candidates In Iowa, New Hampshire
(Huffington Post)
In Iowa and New Hampshire, grassroots activists are mobilizing people to press presidential candidates to get corporate money out of politics.
Mar 18, 2015
Report: US-Backed Forces Committing Atrocities, Fueling Sectarianism in Iraq
(Common Dreams)
Human Rights Watch investigation finds Iraqi military forces, Shiite militias, and volunteer fighters carried out arson, demolitions, and abductions in aftermath of Amerli operation in September.
Mar 17, 2015
Did Iowa Ag Summit screen out critics?
(Des Moines Register)
The Iowa Agricultural Summit denies entry to activists with AFSC's "Governing Under the Influence" project.
Mar 15, 2015
Lobbying firms earn upward of $1 million to influence NH laws
(Nashua Telegraph)
Lobbying firms are making big profits influencing legislation in New Hampshire. AFSC's Arnie Alpert talks about what this means for the state.
Mar 14, 2015
Fifty-year march: Wyoming man travels to Selma to face the death of his father, a civil rights martyr
(Casper Star Tribune)
The son of James Reeb retraces his father's steps on the 50 year anniversary of his death. James Reeb was an AFSC staff person who was killed for participating in the civil rights movement.
Mar 13, 2015
Advocates and Citizens Rally for Law Enforcement Reform in Annapolis
(Baltimore Afro-American)
Advocates gather in Annapolis to rally in support of a slate of bills aimed at reforming law enforcement practices.

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