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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.
Jul 13, 2015
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Private prisons reflect outdated Arizona corrections policy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.
Jul 7, 2015
Don’t Get Cancer if You’re in Prison
(Newsweek)
Privatized and under-funded prison health care systems lead to negligent care and preventable deaths for incarcerated people in Arizona and across the country.
Jul 7, 2015
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.
Jul 6, 2015
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.
Jun 30, 2015
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."
Jun 30, 2015
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.
Jun 30, 2015
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 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.
Jun 27, 2015
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 23, 2015
Event aims to improve racial equality in WV
(Charleston Daily Mail)
In West Virginia, an AFSC program rallies the community to generate concrete solutions to address systemic racism.
Jun 23, 2015
19 Dems urge Kerry to make detained Palestinian children a priority
(Jewish Telegraphic Agency)
After AFSC and other organizations held a congressional briefing, lawmakers in Washington publish a letter voicing their concerns over the military detention of Palestinian children.
Jun 23, 2015
Dems tell Kerry: Don’t ignore Palestinian children
(The Hill)
Due to advocacy efforts by AFSC and other organizations, a group of 18 Democratic lawmakers are urging the State Department to do all it can to make Israel give better treatment to Palestinian children held in detention.
Jun 23, 2015
California Prisoners Die of Drug Overdoses at Three Times National Rate
(KQED)
AFSC's Laura Magnani speaks to KQED about the flow of drugs into California's prison system, and how the state's efforts to curb the problem lead to violations of prisoners' rights.
Jun 17, 2015
Young adults speak out about raising the minimum wage in KC
(Fox 4)
In Kansas City, young people from AFSC's youth program take to the streets to highlight the importance of paying workers a living wage.
Jun 17, 2015
North Korea says hit by worst drought in 100 years
(Reuters)
As drought strikes the DPRK (North Korea), AFSC's farm management programs train in new planting techniques to conserve water.
Jun 16, 2015
Colorado immigration activists join U.S. hunger strike
(Colorado Independent)
Colorado activists participate in a national hunger strike to try and prevent the deportation of Arturo Hernandez Garcia and to ask ICE officials to exercise discretion in deportation proceedings.

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