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AFSC in the news

Jan 14, 2015
Family holds rally for immigrant staying in church
Arturo Hernandez, who has taken sanctuary in a church basement with the help of AFSC, is denied a stay of deportation even though he would likely qualify for Obama's "deferred action for parents" program.
Jan 14, 2015
Targets no more -- ending bad policing
(Charleston Gazette)
This op ed from Kamau Franklin explores the relationship between racism and police violence, and talks about what young people across the south are doing to make change.
Jan 14, 2015
Greensboro rally planned against profiling, abuse
(Greensboro News and Record)
AFSC's South Organizing Against Racism speaks out against racial profiling and police brutality during a region-wide day of action.
Jan 13, 2015
Rally against police violence planned Thursday in Annapolis
(Capitol Gazette)
Activists plan a trip to Maryland's capitol to speak out against police violence as part of a National Day of Action Against Police Brutality and Militarization.
Jan 12, 2015
A disarmament movement is growing
(Boston Globe)
AFSC's Joseph Gerson writes about the growing global movement to abolish nuclear weapons.
Jan 6, 2015
Old age in the big house
(Al Jazeera America)
As the U.S. prison population ages, prisons across the country have begun to look like nursing homes. AFSC's Michigan program helps older prisoners navigate the parole process.
Jan 5, 2015
DMV: New California Licenses Meant To Increase Safety, Not Deportations
As undocumented immigrants in California become eligible for drivers licenses, an AFSC program helps people navigate the application process.
Jan 3, 2015
Drake student helps motivate fellow 'dreamers'
(Des Moines Register)
AFSC's Kenia Calderon is named one of the "15 People to Watch in 2015" by the Des Moines Register for her work and leadership in the immigrant rights movement.
Jan 1, 2015
No Nukes!
In April, thousands of people from across the world will flock to New York to demand that the nuclear powers fulfill their nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty obligations to negotiate a legally binding agreement to completely eliminate their nuclear arsenals.
Dec 30, 2014
Inside Seattle's Freedom School
(NBC King 5)
NBC takes an in-depth look at AFSC's Freedom School in Seattle, where young people come together to discuss institutional racism.
Dec 30, 2014
Rabbi moves to work for Quakers
AFSC's new Midwest Regional Director Rabbi Brant Rosen talks to Chicago Public Radio about his activism for peace in Israel-Palestine and why a Rabbi chose to work for a Quaker organization.
Dec 26, 2014
Human Rights Groups Monitoring Taser Death Investigation
AFSC monitors the investigation of a man who was killed by Customs Enforcement at the U.S./Mexico border on Christmas Eve.
Dec 21, 2014
Posada Christmas Pilgrimage Reunites Family, Friends at U.S.-Mexico Border
(KQED News)
For 21 years, people have gathered on both sides of the U.S./Mexico border to celebrate Christmas.
Dec 16, 2014
Arizona Opens New $50 Million Supermax Prison; New Report Denounces State's Use of Solitary Confinement
As a new $50 million maximum security prison opens, AFSC Arizona releases a report that highlights the negative impacts of solitary confinement.
Dec 15, 2014
More Waiting: CO Family Joins Others in Fight against Deportation
(Public News Service)
The wait continues for Arturo Hernandez Garcia, who has taken sanctuary in a Denver church and is hoping to qualify for President Obama's Deffered Action for Parents program.
Dec 13, 2014
Immigration Advocates Reenact Nativity Scene Along The ‘Path Of Death’
(Think Progress)
Shortly before Christmas, hundreds gather on both sides of the U.S./Mexico Border to re-enact Mary and Joseph’s search for shelter, a journey that mirrors the struggle of many immigrant parents and children.
Dec 9, 2014
Family of man seeking sanctuary from deportation in Denver church is flying to Washington
The family of a Denver man who took sanctuary in a church to avoid deportation travels to Washington DC to seek resolution for his case.
Dec 5, 2014
Does Obama’s immigration action undermine the Convention against Torture?
(The Hill)
Op ed from AFSC's Policy Impact Coordinator Lia Lindsey about how President Obama's executive order on immigration fails to address torture.
Dec 5, 2014
Hiroshima, Nagasaki Cast Shadow Over Nuclear Conference in Vienna
(Inter Press Service)
Inter Press News talks with experts, including AFSC's Joseph Gerson, about nuclear nonproliferation, world powers, and the ongoing dangers of nuclear war.
Dec 2, 2014
As New Prison Opens, Human Rights Group Urges Less Isolation
The American Friends Service Committee releases a report with testimonies from prisoners about their experiences in solitary confinement.
Dec 1, 2014
California Preparing For Undocumented Driver Licenses
(Capitol Public Radio)
As the state of California prepares to start issuing drivers licenses to undocumented people, AFSC's Pedro Rios speaks with Sacramento Public Radio about the benefits and potential risks for immigrant communities.
Nov 30, 2014
Bill would require N.J. prisons to limit solitary confinement of inmates
New Jersey legislators consider a bill that would limit the use of solitary confinement.
Nov 28, 2014
State wants more prison beds; critic says it can't afford them
(AZ Central)
The Arizona Department of Corrections announces it's intention to add 3000 new medium-security prison beds to the prison system. AFSC's Caroline Isaacs calls for sentencing reform and increased education funding instead.
Nov 28, 2014
Walmart protesters on Black Friday in Northeast Ohio call for company to raise wages
Black Friday demonstrations in Northeast Ohio demand better wages for Walmart workers.
Nov 25, 2014
Immigration reform reaction mixed
(Catholic Sentinel)
AFSC's Pedro Sosa speaks to the Catholic Sentinel about the advantages and drawbacks to President Obama's immigration reform.



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