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Sep 10, 2015
In Defense of Marijuana
(Tucson Weekly)
Mandatory minimum sentencing laws in Arizona mean people face tough penalties for drug possession.
Sep 9, 2015
Why did Aylan Kurdi die?
(Allentown Morning Call)
The migrant crisis is a result of U.S.-led military invasion, occupation, and regime change in Syria and elsewhere.
Sep 7, 2015
A Motorcycle Tour Leads Scott Walker's Campaign In Some Unusual Directions
(New Hampshire Public Radio)
Activists with AFSC press presidential candidate Scott Walker on the Iran deal and the influence of lobbyists on public policy.
Sep 6, 2015
Corrections wants to add 2,500 more prison beds
(Arizona Republic)
The Arizona prison system seeks state funding to expand the number of private prison beds.
Sep 6, 2015
In metro Denver illegally, Arturo Garcia worked and lived in shadows
(Denver Post)
Arturo Hernandez Garcia talks about the struggles of being undocumented, his time in sanctuary, and his efforts to keep his family together.
Sep 4, 2015
As Major Culprit in Creating Crisis, US Rebuked for Failing Refugees
(Common Dreams)
Observers say the U.S. is not only lagging in its humanitarian response, but also driving the war and conflict behind ongoing displacement
Sep 3, 2015
Are ‘sanctuary cities’ for immigrants in NJ a good idea?
(New Jersey 101.5)
AFSC's Chia-Chia Wang makes the case for why sanctuary cities are good for immigrants and good for New Jersey.
Aug 31, 2015
Clergy beseech mayor to open heart to Dyett strikers
(Chicago Sun-Times)
Multifaith clergy members joined hunger strikers heading into their third week without food to call on Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s “sense of morality” to reopen a Chicago neighborhood school.
Aug 31, 2015
Growing Momentum to End For-Profit Immigration Detention
(Common Dreams)
AFSC and others raise awareness and increase pressure on lawmakers to eliminate immigrant detention bed quotas.
Aug 31, 2015
Will Grassroots Movements Change the Political Discourse in Iowa?
(Truthout)
Candidates from both parties are questioned, confronted, and called to account by grassroots activists determined to shape the political debate.
Aug 31, 2015
Expert "Bird Dog" Offers Primer on Pinning Down Candidates
(Conway Daily Sun)
AFSC's Arnie Alpert schools New Hampshire voters on becoming political "bird dogs."
Aug 30, 2015
My Turn: Arizona needs fewer prisons
(Arizona Republic)
AFSC's Caroline Isaacs calls on the state of Arizona to do more than just cancel it's private prison contracts--real reforms are needed to reduce the prison population.
Aug 30, 2015
400 gather for #UniteIowa immigration forum
(Des Moines Register)
AFSC's Sandra Sanchez speaks on a panel at an immigration forum in Iowa, alongside presidential candidates and advocates from across the political spectrum.
Aug 29, 2015
Students get tour of city’s historic district, racial issues
(Charleston Gazette-Mail)
More than 30 people took a walking tour of Charleston as a part of the WV Freedom School, a three-day intensive racial justice workshop sponsored by AFSC.
Aug 27, 2015
Arizona To Assess All Private Prison Operators
(KJZZ)
State officials will evaluate all of Arizona’s private prison operators following the release of a blistering investigation of July riots at a facility near Kingman.
Aug 27, 2015
Someone like me
(Boulder Weekly )
Immigrant rights advocate and mother Jeanette Viguerra speaks out about her family, her activism, and her own struggle to avoid deportation.
Aug 27, 2015
Excessive security, drugs & assaults triggered riot at Arizona’s Kingman private prison
(RT)
A new report cites a series of problems that led to a riot at a private prison in Arizona.
Aug 27, 2015
Arizona cuts ties with private-prison operator over Kingman riot
(Arizona Republic)
Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey is terminating a contract with the operator of a private prison near Kingman that he said “failed” to control riots last month.
Aug 27, 2015
Racial Justice Workshop to Take Place in Charleston Over Weekend
(WV Public Radio)
AFSC hosts the West Virginia Freedom School, a three-day racial justice workshop that runs from Friday to Sunday in Charleston.
Aug 26, 2015
Kingman prison contract canceled in wake of unrest; new operator sought
(Daily Miner)
After an AFSC report revealed extensive problems leading up to the Kingman prison riot, the state canceled its contract with the private prison company in charge of managing the facility.
Aug 26, 2015
N.J. Supreme Court rules in favor of abused immigrant children fighting deportation
(NJ.com)
In a victory for immigrant rights advocates, the New Jersey Supreme Court overturns a ruling making it more difficult for children fleeing abuse to gain legal residency.
Aug 26, 2015
Report: Police Beat the Hell Out of Private Prison Inmates After Riot
(Gawker)
A new report from AFSC on the Kingman prison riot, the law enforcement response, and the aftermath, raises doubts about Arizona’s private prison operators’ ability to run facilities that are safe and humane.
Aug 25, 2015
Founding of a New Progressive Jewish Congregation – Tzedek Chicago
(Chicago Monitor)
AFSC's Midwest Regional Director Brant Rosen speaks with the Chicago Monitor about opening a non-Zionist, anti-racist congregation.
Aug 24, 2015
No word from ICE: Undocumented immigrant Jeanette Vizguerra’s caught in limbo
(Colorado Independent )
Activist in Denver continue to call on Immigration and Customs Enforcement to exercise discretion in deportation cases and keep families together.
Aug 23, 2015
A forum to unite, not radicalize immigration debate
(Des Moines Register)
Unite Iowa hosts a forum designed to bring people across the political spectrum together to discuss immigration issues. Presidential candidates and community members will share the stage, including AFSC's Sandra Sanchez.

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