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AFSC in the news

Apr 13, 2016
Do work requirements for food have to hurt people?
(Charleston Gazette-Mail)
Million Americans — and several thousand West Virginians — are in danger of losing basic food assistance through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.
Apr 13, 2016
‘Cultural genocide’: Wabanaki commission’s findings preserved in Brunswick
(The Forecaster)
The Maine Wabanaki-State Child Welfare Truth and Reconciliation Commission spent years investigating the removal of Native American children from their families.
Apr 10, 2016
Peace Walk comes through Jersey City
A group of peace walkers marched through New Jersey as part of the Shared Security walk, "To end war, poverty, racism and address climate crisis."
Apr 9, 2016
Barbershop: Bill Clinton, Black Lives Matter And Gender Stereotypes
AFSC's Farajii Muhammad, writer Doyin Richards, and PR professional Jolene Ivey talk about Bill Clinton and Black Lives Matter protesters, a summit on gender stereotypes and a T-shirt controversy.
Apr 8, 2016
What US company made the bomb that killed 97 civilians in Yemen?
(RI Futures)
General Dynamics, doing business as Electric Boat, announced last week it is building a $2.5 billion military submarine in Rhode Island.
Apr 8, 2016
Group to IUPUI Chancellor: Do More To Condemn Harassment of Muslim Student Leader
Supporters of a Muslim student leader at Indiana University-Purdue are calling on the university's chancellor to step up his response to Islamophobia.
Apr 8, 2016
Why Millennials flock to Chicago’s non-Zionist synagogue
(Times of Israel)
AFSC's Midwest Regional Director Brant Rosen founded a non-Zionist congregation in Chicago with an emphasis on social justice.
Apr 7, 2016
A trillion dollars for new nuclear weapons?
(New Hampshire Union Leader)
AFSC's Arnie Alpert speaks out against the U.S.'s plan to spend one trillion dollars on our nuclear weapons system.
Apr 6, 2016
Orwell (and the President) Come to Hiroshima
(Common Dreams)
With political courage, Obama could use his presidential power to reduce the dangers of nuclear war.
Apr 5, 2016
BDS bill threatens Iowans' freedom of speech
(The Gazette)
Misinformation is driving a push to punish individuals and companies that participate in the boycott, divestment, and sanctions movement toward Israel and/or those companies profiting from Israel’s illegal occupation of Palestinian land.
Apr 5, 2016
Basu: Lawmakers should nix bill punishing boycotters of Israel
(Des Moines Register)
The Iowa Legislature debates a bill that calls for divesting state funds from companies that divest funds from Israel.
Apr 4, 2016
Here's What Happens When a U.S. Senator Calls for Israel to Be Held Accountable for Atrocities
Sen. Patrick Leahy wants Israel and Egypt investigated for brutal killings committed with American military aid.
Apr 3, 2016
SNAP changes will affect feeding programs, advocates say
(Charleston Gazette-Mail)
West Virginia's plan to make some food stamp recipients work or face losing food assistance will increase the burden on West Virginia’s food banks, pantries and soup kitchens.
Apr 3, 2016
Top secret: Who and how many RNC protesters seek permits for camps, rallies and marches in Cleveland
Protesters, advocates, and communities gear up for the Republican National Convention in Cleveland.
Mar 31, 2016
Supervisors hear earful on Wooster comments in tense meeting
(Calaveras Enterprise)
Latinos, immigrant rights advocates, and members of the community rally against racist comments made by the Calaveras County planning commissioner.
Mar 29, 2016
Leahy asked State Dept. to investigate Israeli human rights 'violations'
Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and 10 House members have asked the Obama administration to investigate claims that the Israeli and Egyptian security forces have committed “gross violations of human rights” — allegations that infuriated Israel's leader, but, if proven true, could affect U.S. military aid to the countries.
Mar 29, 2016
Growing International Movement Seeks to Place Arms Embargo on Saudi Arabia
(The Intercept)
A lawsuit filed last week seeks to halt a $15 billion sale of armored vehicles to the government of Saudi Arabia, part of a growing international movement to stop arms sales to the Saudi government over its alleged war crimes in Yemen.
Mar 29, 2016
How Lansing can reduce crowding at state’s lone women’s prison
(Bridge Magazine)
AFSC's Natalie Holbrook weighs in on how Michigan can address overcrowding in the Women's Huron Valley Correctional Facility by expanding alternatives to incarceration for people charged with drug crimes.
Mar 25, 2016
The "Elite Eight" – Where the media get it wrong on extremist violence
(Public News Service)
The research shows that Islam is mentioned in context with extremist violence about 90 percent of the time in media coverage, even if religion was not a relevant factor in the event being covered.
Mar 24, 2016
As AIPAC Pays Tribute to Slain U.S. Citizen, Where is the Outcry Over Palestinian-American Teen Killed by Israeli Soldiers?
Lack of concern over the killing of 17-year-old Mahmoud Shaalan underscores the profound dehumanization of Palestinians.
Mar 23, 2016
Why Was Mahmoud Shaalan, a 17-year-old Palestinian-American, Killed by Israeli Soldiers?
Dozens of Palestinians have been shot and killed by the Israeli military in recent months, but the U.S. has failed to speak out or investigate.
Mar 22, 2016
A Small Oasis: A Border Park Keeps Immigrants Connected
(Equal Voice)
A small park on the U.S.-Mexico border means families separated by the border wall can reunite through the fence.
Mar 22, 2016
Bedlam in America: Interview with Caroline Isaacs
AFSC's Caroline Isaacs breaks down the problems with for profit prisons and the emerging "Treatment Industrial Complex."
Mar 21, 2016
Have We Learned Nothing? 13 Years After America's Disastrous Iraq Invasion, Obama Quietly Deploys More Troops
Obama is the fourth consecutive president to militarily intervene in Iraq, despite pledges to end war.
Mar 19, 2016
New anti-immigrant bills are ‘misguided,’ expensive
(Arizona Daily Star)
Anti-immigrant bills being pushed by Arizona legislators will harm communities and cost the state.



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