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AFSC in the news

Aug 6, 2015
An activist continues to spread a message calling for no nuclear weapons
(Concord Monitor)
On the 70th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima, the Concord Monitor profiles AFSC's Arnie Alpert and his decades of activism to abolish nuclear weapons.
Aug 5, 2015
N4T Investigators: Arizona town profiting off prison for Central American migrants even as federal case looms
(KVOA News 4)
Eloy, Arizona makes thousands of dollars off federal contracts designed to funnel money to private prison companies.
Aug 5, 2015
Bell will ring for a world without nuclear weapons
(Des Moines Register)
Every year on the anniversary of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Iowans gather to ring the Japanese bell on the grounds of the State Capitol.
Aug 5, 2015
How Ferguson changed once the media went home
(Think Progress)
One year after Michael Brown's death, the people of Ferguson and St. Louis continue to seek justice and build community.
Aug 4, 2015
Congressional crossroads on atrocities prevention
(The Hill)
A federal inter-agency committee tasked with preventing international atrocities experiences some success, but more stability and resources are needed.
Aug 1, 2015
Bird-dog training helps voters ask strong questions that require thoughtful answers
(Concord Monitor)
AFSC organizes "bird dog" trainings to help residents of Iowa and New Hampshire pose tough questions to the 2016 presidential candidates.
Aug 1, 2015
Khalid’s eyes: On growing up in Iraq
(Friends Journal )
Raed Jarrar reflects on growing up in Iraq and the destruction brought about by years of U.S.-led war.
Jul 30, 2015
Our 70th anniversary homework: Confronting the myths and learning the lessons of Hiroshima and Nagasaki
(Common Dreams )
AFSC's Joseph Gerson reflects on the legacy of the atomic bomb and the prospects for a nuclear free future.
Jul 29, 2015
Promise turns to fear for N.J. immigrants after Trump comments, states' suits
Anti-immigrant rhetoric in the 2016 presidential race has immigrant communities and immigrant rights activists worried.
Jul 24, 2015
Kean University Forum on solitary confinement brings together prison reform proponents from throughout New Jersey
After decades of grassroots advocacy effort, a New Jersey Senator introduces legislation to reform the use of solitary confinement.
Jul 24, 2015
Bill Would Withhold Federal Dollars from ‘Sanctuary Cities’
Immigrant rights advocates in Newark respond to the dangers of a new House Bill that would withhold federal law enforcement grants from sanctuary cities.
Jul 23, 2015
Home again
(Boulder Weekly)
A Mexican immigrant who claimed sanctuary reflects on nine months living in a church basement.
Jul 23, 2015
NH’s income inequality fastest-growing in U.S.
(New Hampshire Business Review)
Experts speculate on New Hampshire's growing income gap. AFSC's Arnie Alpert says it's in part due to the state's low minimum wage.
Jul 22, 2015
Partial victory: Undocumented immigrant Arturo Garcia walks free after nine months in sanctuary
(Colorado Independent)
Arturo Hernandez Garcia was finally able to leave the church where he had taken sanctuary. But his immigration status is still up in the air.
Jul 22, 2015
After Nine Months in "Sanctuary," Garcia Going Home
(Public News Service)
Colorado immigrant Arturo Hernandez Garcia was able to leave the "sanctuary" of a Denver Unitarian church on Tuesday after receiving a letter from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement confirming that he was not a priority for deportation.
Jul 21, 2015
Immigrant Claiming Sanctuary Leaves Church After Nine Months
In a victory for immigrant rights advocates, Arturo Hernandez Garcia left the church where he had taken sanctuary for nine months with the assurance from ICE that they will exercise discretion not to deport him.
Jul 21, 2015
Mexican man leaves Denver church sanctuary after nine months
(Denver Post)
After months of advocacy, Arturo Hernandez Garcia was able to leave the Unitarian Church after ICE said he was not a priority for deportation.
Jul 20, 2015
Advocates to Ducey: Scrap bid for more private prisons
(Arizona Republic)
Prison reform advocates on called on Arizona's Governor Doug Ducey to cancel the bidding process for 2,000 additional correctional beds.
Jul 20, 2015
Group takes to Capitol to protest spending on extra prison beds
(Arizona Capitol Times)
During a press conference at the Capitol, AFSC's Caroline Isaacs and others urge the governor and lawmakers to cancel plans to expand Arizona's prison system.
Jul 16, 2015
Editor's Note: Dear Private Prison Industry
(Tucson Weekly)
AFSC has been working to stop prison privatization in Arizona for years, reporting on the effects of long-term isolation, inadequate healthcare, and deplorable conditions of confinement.
Jul 15, 2015
Bombers, Blood, and Teddy Bears: Posters from the 2014 War on Gaza
Palestinians who were killed in Israel’s 50-day military operation against Gaza last summer have been immortalized in the posters that have emerged from the conflict.
Jul 15, 2015
Chicago’s Rebel Rabbi Standing with Palestinians: “We Must Stand with the Oppressed and Call Out the Oppressor”
(Centre for Research on Globalization)
Interview with AFSC's Midwest Regional Director Brant Rosen discusses his opposition to the occupation of the Palestinian territory and what solidarity means to him.
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
Arizona extends due date for private prison companies to apply to build more beds in the wake of disturbances at the Kingman State Prison.



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