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Oct 15, 2018
We Stopped ICE From Getting an Extra Billion; Now Let’s Defund It Totally
Even in this political climate, grassroots organizing and strategic policy advocacy can lead to positive changes.
Oct 13, 2018
Female inmates claim Arizona prison withholding basic hygienic products
(The Hill)
The Arizona Department of Corrections is withholding basic hygienic supplies, including toilet paper, from a women's prison.
Oct 12, 2018
New Jersey Relies Heavily on ‘Restrictive Housing,’ New Study Reveals
(Insider NJ)
New Jersey subjects its prisoners to longer durations in isolated confinement than most states.
Oct 12, 2018
Meet Ten Corporate Giants Helping Israel Massacre Gaza Protesters
(MintPress News)
AFSC and others maintain comprehensive lists of corporations enabling human rights abuses against Palestinians.
Oct 11, 2018
Finally a US lawmaker calls Israel an apartheid state
(Electronic Intifada)
Betty McCollum has led efforts in Congress to address the rights of Palestinian children living under Israeli military occupation.
Oct 11, 2018
Hudson County freeholders extend ICE jail contract through 2020
Hudson County freeholders voted to extend an agreement with the federal government to house immigration detainees at the county jail.
Oct 10, 2018
Freeholders to consider plan to 'exit' ICE contract after 2020
Hudson County's freeholders are expected to vote on a measure that would require freeholder approval if the county asks to extend its controversial contract with ICE.
Oct 10, 2018
The first time I was arrested
(Daily Hampshire Gazette)
Former AFSC staff Frances Crowe reflects on a lifetime of activism.
Oct 10, 2018
Iowa legal worker to assist immigrant families at US/Mexico Border
A local Iowan immigration legal worker will travel to the US/Mexico border next week to assist families seeking refuge in the U.S.
Oct 10, 2018
Women In Arizona Prison Say Toilet Paper Is Being Withheld
Women confined in the Perryville prison say the Arizona Department of Corrections is not giving them enough toilet paper to live clean, hygienic lives.
Oct 9, 2018
Israel detains US citizen under suspicion that she supports boycott campaign
(Think Progress)
Israel has detained a U.S. citizen, Lara Alqasem, under suspicions that she supports BDS.
Oct 6, 2018
Group invites white Christians to 'stand up' and 'object' to violence minorities face
(Des Moines Register)
A religious group in Des Moines is calling on white Christians to gather and pray for people of color who are being targeted, harassed and otherwise harmed.
Oct 4, 2018
Cautious optimism among NJ immigrants after judge blocks government from ending TPS
A federal judge's ruling blocked a move by the Trump administration that would end Temporary Protected Status for people from Sudan, Nicaragua, Haiti and El Salvador.
Oct 2, 2018
Immigrants gather in Newark to protest the impending end of Temporary Protected Status
Faith leaders, advocates and immigrants marched in Newark to draw attention to the plight of hundreds of thousands of immigrants who face deportation in the coming months.
Sep 29, 2018
ICE program opposition expected Alamance County meeting
(The Times-News)
A group of local businesses has announced it will appear to state opposition to restarting the 287(g) program in Alamance County.
Sep 27, 2018
“Sanctuary Caravan” Calls On Democrats And Republicans to Stop Funding “Deportation Machine”
(Colorado Times Recorder)
A “sanctuary caravan” will make multiple stops in the Denver area, calling for new immigration policies that would end funding the deportation machine.
Sep 27, 2018
The shadowy network shaping Trump’s anti-immigration policies
(Washington Post)
Interconnected anti-immigrant organizations have long hidden behind neutral names while pushing nativist policies.
Sep 27, 2018
‘Food For All’ invites West Virginians to challenge hunger
(The Inter-Mountain)
A public summit is planned in Buckhannon to address the problem of hunger in West Virginia.
Sep 26, 2018
2018 United Nations General Assembly - Straight Talk Africa
(Voice of America)
Guest host Vincent Makori and his panelists discuss the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly.
Sep 25, 2018
Sanctuary Caravan Shows Issues Impacting Immigrants
(Western Slope Now)
Activists traveling across the state are talking to people about the challenges immigrants face. Their decorated caravan made a stop in Grand Junction.
Sep 24, 2018
Immigration reform ‘caravan’ passes through Durango, Mancos
(The Durango Herald)
Protesters say women living in sanctuary are good example of people who should stay.
Sep 22, 2018
El Salvadoran refugees stuck between 2 worlds
(Associated Press)
Thousands of Salvadoran refugees are at risk because the Trump administration is not renewing their Temporary Protected Status.
Sep 21, 2018
Sanctuary Caravan heads to Mancos to demand immigration policies
(The Journal)
Immigrants, advocates, faith leaders and allies plan a 643-mile Sanctuary Caravan across Colorado.
Sep 20, 2018
Why Hurricanes Hit Immigrants Hardest
A new report details the challenges that Houston’s immigrant population faced after Harvey—and offers a glimpse of what might await residents of the Carolinas.
Sep 20, 2018
How grassroots activists made peace with North Korea possible
(Waging Nonviolence)
Korea Peace Network is one of the U.S.-based coalitions promoting peace on the Korean Peninsula



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