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Sep 4, 2020
Remembering Beverly Sims: A Lifelong Advocate
(South Seattle Emerald)
In late July, we lost a pillar of our community: Beverly Sims. Affectionately known as Ms. Bev, she was a strong, compassionate social justice advocate from the South End, and I was lucky enough to discuss the history of her activism with her before she passed. Despite her relentless community organizing efforts together with her late husband, Tyree Scott, Ms. Bev wasn’t in the habit of boasting about their legacy.
Sep 4, 2020
My Turn: Defund hate, support immigration policies that prioritize family unity
(Concord Monitor)
In New Hampshire, the movement to support our immigrant families is strongly faith-led. Organizations like the N.H. Council of Churches, the American Friends Service Committee, Jewish-led Never Again Action NH, and the interfaith Immigrant Solidarity Network led by Granite State Organizing Project and more cooperate with prayer vigils, sanctuary churches, and jail visitation programs.
Sep 3, 2020
Sister Cities Committee to Launch Speaker Series
(Pasadena Now)
The Senegal Subcommittee of Pasadena’s Sister Cities Committee will launch its speaker series from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Sept. 10.
Sep 3, 2020
Why the Census Matters in Poplar
(Los Angeles Progressive)
Family migration has kept the Filipino community in Tulare County alive. The American Community Survey, which is based on the U.S. Census, says there are 7,522 Filipinos in Tulare County — an undercount, according to community organizers at Poplar’s Larry Itliong Resource Center.
Sep 2, 2020
Danville attorney, recovery coach earn service award
(Coal Valley News)
BOONE COUNTY — Public Defender Services has announced that two Boone County residents are among the 2020 recipients of its annual awards.
Sep 1, 2020
COVID-19 health equity initiatives: Michigan Public Health Institute
(American Medical Association)
In this installment of "COVID-19 health equity initiatives," we take a look at how the pandemic has exacerbated racial disparities in Michigan’s justice system revealing how incarceration accelerates the spread of the coronavirus.
Aug 31, 2020
Organization brings COVID-19 testing and food donations to farmworkers in Miami-Dade
(Miami Herald)
Lack of adequate transportation, fear of encountering immigration authorities and disinformation have restricted access to COVID-19 testing for farmworkers in Miami-Dade.
Aug 31, 2020
New group aims to create citizen oversight board for corrections system
(Arizona Mirror)
A new organization hopes to convince the legislature and governor to create a citizen oversight board for the Arizona Department of Corrections, Rehabilitation and Reentry.
Aug 29, 2020
'Incredibly unusual' maneuver helped bring down ballot measure to change Arizona sentencing laws, backers say
(Arizona Central)
There’s a note taped to the bulletin board in political consultant Stacy Pearson's office.
Aug 28, 2020
The federal government swoops in after disasters like Hurricane Laura. Here’s why.
(Washington Post)
If the federal government doesn’t act, disaster recovery can be uneven and unfair.
Aug 28, 2020
Justice announces the first covid-related death of a W.Va. inmate
(Metro News)
Gov. Jim Justice announced today that an inmate from the South Central Regional Jail died early today while at an outside hospital. The preliminary assessment from health officials attributes the cause to complications from covid-19.
Aug 27, 2020
Unfriendly Divisions: Union-Busting and Quakerism Collide at Brooklyn Friends School
(New York Intelligencer)
Everyone knew there would be layoffs at Brooklyn Friends School. Not even a school where tuition is the cost of a new car is safe from a major recession. The letters, though, were a shock.
Aug 27, 2020
Lane Hirabayashi, scholar who refused to let Japanese American prison camps be forgotten, dies at 67
(Los Angeles Times)
Lane Hirabayashi, one of the nation’s leading scholars on the incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II who spent decades trying to keep memories of the prison camps from being swept to the back pages of history, has died.
Aug 26, 2020
Guest columnist Claudia Lefko: A major league peace activist who never wore down
Frances Crowe died a year ago, on Aug. 27, 2019, just five months after we’d celebrated her 100th birthday. She wanted action, people in the streets, not a party. So some 300 people marched from 33 Hawley St. up Main Street carrying signs and banners calling out the critical issues of the day as well as longstanding issues that concerned Frances throughout her life.
Aug 25, 2020
Immigrant Organizations Slam Murphy’s Budget Proposal: ‘Essential But Excluded’
(Insider NJ)
A coalition of immigrants rights organizations slammed Governor Murphy’s FY2021 revised budget over a lack of relief aid, saying ‘we are essential but excluded’.
Aug 25, 2020
Jon Meacham on John Lewis, the Legend and the Man
(The New York Times)
The recent death of John Lewis, the most prominent surviving leader of the civil rights movement, produced an outpouring of adulation, from a funeral addressed by three former presidents to a prime-time mash-up of history and entertainment hosted by Oprah Winfrey. Lewis deserved the accolades, but elevating him to the status of national icon may obscure how much of his agenda remains to be accomplished, as thousands of Americans are reminding us each day.
Aug 24, 2020
I Work to Stop Election Violence in Africa. Now I Am Worried for the U.S.
The solutions to election violence in other countries have something to teach the U.S. in 2020.
Aug 24, 2020
Investing for Social Justice From the Bottom Up
As she watched the video of George Floyd calling out for his mother as Minneapolis police killed him, Rachel Robasciotti wondered if her cousin did the same before he died in police custody in 1990s. She knows for a fact that another cousin did before police shot him to death two years ago. If those traumas weren’t enough, her mentally ill father was hospitalized and died after police tased him in 2010.
Aug 24, 2020
I Work to Stop Election Violence in Africa. Now I Am Worried for the U.S. | Opinion
Every day seems to bring a new challenge to democracy in the U.S. In the past few months, the president actively undermined the U.S. Post Office, made unsubstantiated claims that voting by mail leads to fraud and proposed delaying the election itself. The postmaster general ordered a slowdown of mail delivery and removal of post office equipment. The federal government sent armed agents to confront and arrest protesters.
Aug 22, 2020
AJI Banda Aceh Latih Jurnalis Muda Meliput Isu Keberagaman
BANDA ACEH - Aliansi Jurnalis Independen (AJI) Banda Aceh bekerja sama dengan American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) membekali para jurnalis muda di Aceh untuk memahami peliputan isu-isu keberagaman.
Aug 21, 2020
Groups Push New WV Bail Reform Law to Stem COVID-19 Spread in Jails
(Public News Service)
CHARLESTON, W. Va. -- A coalition of prison reform groups is asking court officials in West Virginia to make better use of the newly passed bail reform law to lower jail populations and reduce the spread of COVID-19.
Aug 21, 2020
Gandhi, King and their legacies
(Deccan Herald)
A United States Congressional Committee has recently cleared the Gandhi-King Scholarly Exchange Initiative Bill to promote the legacies of Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr.
Aug 20, 2020
Brooklyn Quaker School Attempts Union Bust With Trump Administration Ruling, Teachers Say
(New York Spectrum News 1)
NEW YORK CITY — A progressive Quaker school is relying on a new Trump Administration ruling in an attempt to bust its union, outraged teachers and parents say.
Aug 20, 2020
Opinion | Public conversations on justice should include the incarcerated
(Bridge Michigan)
For five years Isaac Wingfield has led a collaborative photography workshop in Michigan prisons as part of the Prison Creative Arts Project
Aug 20, 2020
W.Va Jails Still Overcrowded During Pandemic, Despite New Law For Pretrial Release
(West Virginia Public Broadcasting)
Almost 60 prisoners had tested positive for the coronavirus by Thursday at the South Central Regional Jail in Charleston.



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