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AFSC in the news

Mar 9, 2019
Locks at Arizona's prisons have had problems for decades — who's to blame?
(AZ Central)
As Arizona's incarceration rate climbs its facilities haven't been maintained.
Mar 8, 2019
Border Shutdowns: State Violence and Psychological Warfare Performed
Violence from CBP and the excessive militarization of Mexico-U.S. land ports of entry normalize the image of the U.S. at ‘war’ against the transborder community and asylum seekers.
Mar 7, 2019
Criticism of Israeli policy is not anti-Semitism
(The Hill)
A House Bill designed to censure Rep. Ilhan Omar for criticizing Israel's policies is troubling.
Mar 7, 2019
House Votes To Repeal Death Penalty By Veto-Proof Majority
By a vote of 279-88, the New Hampshire House of Representatives approved a bill that would end the death penalty.
Mar 7, 2019
Jean Fairfax, civil rights activist who helped integrate Southern schools, dies at 98
(Boston Globe)
Former AFSC staff member played a key role in school integration.
Mar 7, 2019
Youth need to know there is a plan for mental health
Policy change is needed in West Virginia to support the mental health of young people.
Mar 6, 2019
U.N. warns of worst food harvest in North Korea in a decade
North Korea’s food production fell as natural disasters hit the country already under crippling international sanctions.
Mar 6, 2019
Immigration advocates call on legislators to end ICE county jail contracts
The "Walk in Darkness" stops at local legislators’ offices in Jersey City and Newark to call on elected officials to end county jail contracts with ICE.
Mar 6, 2019
What is the vision behind Palestine's Great March of Return protests?
Palestinian journalist and activist Ahmed Abu Artema talks to AFSC staffers Jehad Abusalim and Noam Perry about the Great March of Return.
Mar 6, 2019
Ypsi-based program aims to restore dignity for women giving birth while incarcerated
(On the Ground Ypsilanti)
A project provides support for incarcerated women who are pregnant.
Mar 5, 2019
Protest Calls for Closing Homestead Center for Unaccompanied Immigrant Children
(Miami New Times)
Hundreds of activists plan to rally to shut down the Homestead Detention Center for unaccompanied minors.
Mar 5, 2019
‘Desobediencia civil si es necesario’: Lanzan campaña para cerrar centro de detención de Homestead
(El Nuevo Herald)
Protesters call for the shutdown of the Homestead Detention Center.
Mar 5, 2019
Company that runs Homestead detention center cancels stock offering after growing outcry
(Miami Herald)
The company that runs the Homestead detention center canceled its plans to go public after a growing outcry over the firm making money off the children.
Mar 5, 2019
Minimum wage hikes win wide support at NH Senate hearing
(New Hampshire Business Review)
In New Hampshire, communities demand a higher minimum wage.
Mar 4, 2019
Justice signs bill to end ban on SNAP for drug felons
(The Montgomery Herald)
The West Virginia Governor signed a bill that lifts the ban on people with drug felony convictions from receiving food assistance.
Mar 3, 2019
A mother sought sanctuary in a church basement in 2017. She's still there
(NBC News)
In 2017, Juana Tobar Ortega took sanctuary in a North Carolina church.
Mar 3, 2019
Ativistas entregam 15 mil assinaturas a favor de carteira para indocumentados
(Brazilian Voice)
Activists deliver thousands of signatures in support of drivers licenses for immigrants in New Jersey.
Mar 3, 2019
In Homestead, Fla., I was a witness to the suffering of children
(Concord Monitor)
A detention center in Homestead is holding more than 1,500 young immigrants.
Mar 2, 2019
The future of AZ criminal justice reform is unclear as several bills fail to advance in House
(Arizona Daily Star)
A new poll shows strong bipartisan support for criminal justice reform by Arizona voters, but state lawmakers might not be getting the message.
Mar 2, 2019
Ames United Church of Christ hosts immigration focused weekend
(Ames Tribune)
The Ames United Church of Christ hosted their 35th Annual Theologian in Residence, with a focus on immigration.
Mar 1, 2019
McCollum reintroduces historic bill to promote Palestinian children’s human rights
Rep. Betty McCollum reintroduced her historic bill to promote the human rights of Palestinian children who face detention, interrogation, abuse and violenceby the Israeli military.
Mar 1, 2019
The Great March Of Return And Peaceful Protest In Gaza
In March 2018, a series of protests called the Great March of Return started in the Gaza Strip.
Mar 1, 2019
Jean Fairfax, Unsung but Undeterred in Integrating Schools, Dies at 98
(New York Times)
The New York Times looks at the life of former AFSC staffer and lifelong activist Jean Fairfax.
Feb 28, 2019
Prevalece oposición a construcción del Muro, revela encuesta; pero el voto será de la mayoría republicana
(El Latino San Diego)
Opposition to President Trump's border wall continues.
Feb 28, 2019
Documentary, House Bill Aim For Arizona Criminal Justice Reform
In Arizona, House Bill 2270 would allow some prisoners to earn early release credits.



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