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AFSC in the news

Jun 11, 2015
Palestinian American teen recounts Israeli assault to packed room on Capitol Hill
(Electronic Intifada)
Lawmakers hear testimony at a congressional briefing from Palestinian youth who have been detained and assaulted by Israeli soldiers.
Jun 10, 2015
FBI Investigates Border Death of El Cajon Resident Shot With Taser
Immigrant rights groups push for investigation into whether Customs and Border Patrol agents are adhering to their own use of force policies.
Jun 10, 2015
Disproven tax ‘remedies’ can still hurt you
(Charleston Gazette)
AFSC's Rick Wilson explains why cutting taxes to create jobs in a failed solution that creates more problems for state governments and communities.
Jun 10, 2015
Don't Be Fooled: New Bipartisan AUMF Greenlights Endless War
(Common Dreams)
AFSC's Policy Impact Coordinator critiques the new "Authorization for Use of Military Force" for continuing to allow for U.S. military action across the globe with very few restrictions.
Jun 9, 2015
Advocacy groups criticize $500 million in local jail funding
(San Francisco Chronicle)
Sixteen California advocacy groups--including AFSC--are criticizing the way a state board is distributing $500 million for construction of local jails.
Jun 9, 2015
Critics: $50 million for private prison beds could be better spent
(Arizona Republic)
Opponents of private prisons in Arizona suggest that investment in prevention and rehabilitation, rather than prison expansion, is better for the state.
Jun 8, 2015
Promise of Reforms by CBP Commissioner Ring Hollow
(New Mexico NPR)
The Southern Border Communities Coalition takes Customs and Border Protection to task for refusing to hold Border Patrol Agents who used lethal force accountable for their actions.
Jun 8, 2015
Let’s End the Detention of Migrant Families
(Equal Voice)
Staff attorneys from AFSC travel to Texas to witness first hand the conditions at the Karnes family detention center.
Jun 8, 2015
Wall Street Is My Landlord
As big companies are buying up rentals and creating a new housing bubble, AFSC's Atlanta office is concerned about the impacts.
Jun 6, 2015
Giving Matters: MLK Holiday in N.H.
(New Hampshire Public Radio)
Reflections on AFSC's Arnie Alpert's work to make Martin Luther King Day an official holiday in New Hampshire.
Jun 2, 2015
Outcry Over Detention of Palestinian-American Children
(Public News Service)
Faith-based and human rights groups from Illinois travel to Washington, D.C. to call for an end to the detention of Palestinian children by Israel.
Jun 2, 2015
Why Are Prisoners Dying in County Jail?
(Bloomberg Business)
Corizon Health, the biggest company providing medical services to U.S. jails and prisons, faces claims and contract cutoffs
Jun 1, 2015
Congressional Briefing on Israeli Treatment of Palestinian Child Prisoners
(Chicago Monitor)
A Congressional Briefing organized by AFSC and allies focuses on a little known aspect of the Israeli occupation that illustrates the trauma experienced by Palestinian children, their families and their communities.
May 31, 2015
Drought-hit North Korea seen able to avoid food crisis
New farm management techniques--like those promoted by AFSC's DPRK (North Korea) program--help North Koreans avoid famine during drought.
May 28, 2015
Five Years Later, Family Still Demanding Justice In Taser Death At The Border
For five years, AFSC's border program has been working with immigrant rights advocates and the loved ones of Anastasio Hernandez Rojas to demand justice in the wake of his death at the hands of border patrol agents.
May 28, 2015
Linden storeowner offers farmworkers free shelter
A local store owner gives shelter to farm workers, but AFSC's Luis Magana explains that more action is needed to protect the rights of immigrant workers.
May 28, 2015
No sanctuary: Immigrants struggle to keep families together in wake of Obama’s deportation-relief delay
(Colorado Independent)
Immigrant rights activists in Denver rally as a federal appeals court upholds the freeze on Obama's executive action on immigration.
May 27, 2015
U.S. immigrant policy: Detention for dollars
(Houston Chronicle)
J. Herbert Nelson and AFSC's Aura Kanegis explain the profit motive behind U.S. immigration policies.
May 27, 2015
Demonstrators Protest Decision To Prevent Obama’s Executive Order On Immigration
(CBS Denver)
Immigrant rights advocates gather on the steps of Denver's capitol building to demand an end to unjust deportations.
May 27, 2015
Immigration advocates demand end to threat of deportation
(Colorado Public Radio)
Members of the Metro Denver Sanctuary Coalition rally at the state Capitol to protesr the continued court injunction against a program that could delay deportation for 5 million undocumented immigrants.
May 27, 2015
Court decision on President's immigration action will lead to immigration purgatory
(ABC 7)
Faith leaders and community groups join together to oppose delays in implementation of immigration reforms.
May 26, 2015
Tell Congress Now: Israeli military detention is no way to treat a child
AFSC and the No Way to Treat a Child Campaign are holding a congressional briefing to speak out against the military detention of children and families in Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory.
May 24, 2015
Failure of Review Conference Brings World Close to Nuclear Cataclysm, Warn Activists
(Common Dreams)
Advocates for nuclear nonproliferation critique the outcome and the lack of transparency at the 2015 NPT Review Conference.
May 22, 2015
Chris Christie Uses Prisoners to Fix His Office Furniture
(The Nation)
The state of New Jersey has saved millions of dollars by relying on prison labor to refurbish furniture in the governor’s office. AFSC's Bonnie Kerness weighs in.
May 21, 2015
"Something Better" Than Detention for Immigrants?
Is electronic monitoring an acceptable alternative to immigrant detention? AFSC and other organizations raise concerns.



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