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Jun 11, 2019
House-passed Dream Act likely to die in Republican-controlled Senate
(Norfolk Daily News)
This week, the U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation that would provide more than two million people a path to permanent residency and citizenship.
Jun 10, 2019
Prison reform bill vetoed by Gov. Doug Ducey
(13 News)
Arizona Governor Doug Ducey vetoes legislation that would have reformed part of the state's sentencing laws.
Jun 10, 2019
Reports of Dangerous Prison Conditions Prompt Calls for Removal of AZ Corrections Director
(Tucson Weekly )
Advocates are calling for the removal of the Corrections Director after an investigation of the prisons.
Jun 10, 2019
Activists Plan March to Close the Homestead Child Detention Camp
(Miami New Times)
Activists say they plan to once again march and demand the federal government shut the facility.
Jun 7, 2019
(The Chronicle of Philanthropy)
Jason Drucker, vice president at Seeds of Peace, has been appointed associate general secretary for advancement at AFSC.
Jun 7, 2019
Renewed pressure on Governor Ducey to take action on prison director
(ABC 15)
Governor Doug Ducey is facing renewed calls to hold Arizona Department of Corrections Director Charles Ryan accountable.
Jun 7, 2019
Criminal expungements a possibility for more West Virginians
(WV Metro News)
Thousands of people in West Virginia convicted of certain felony misdemeanor convictions now have a possible way to see their criminal records cleared.
Jun 7, 2019
West Virginians with qualifying nonviolent felonies may now petition for expungement
West Virginians with qualifying nonviolent felonies may now petition for expungement.
Jun 6, 2019
Project that Leaves Water for Migrants in the Desert Celebrates 20 Years
(La Prensa)
The Water Stations Project, which consists of leaving water jugs at sheltered sites where immigrants crossing through the desert can find them, is turning 20.
Jun 6, 2019
Road to Stonewall: Joe Beam
(Philadelphia Gay News)
Former AFSC staff member was a leader in the LGBT movement.
Jun 6, 2019
New Jersey considers restricting the use of solitary confinement
Proposed legislation in New Jersey would limit the duration of solitary confinement.
Jun 6, 2019
Detienen a los activistas promigrantes Irineo Mujica y Cristóbal Sánchez
Advocates express concern over detention of human rights defenders and treatment of migrants.
Jun 6, 2019
Locals to trek to Florida to protest conditions at detention center
(Gazette Net)
Massachusetts residents travel to Homestead to protest the horrific conditions at the migrant children’s detention center.
Jun 5, 2019
This Chicago synagogue is a home for non-Zionist Jews
(Jewish Telegraphic Agency)
A non-Zionist synagogue in Chicago supports the rights of Palestinians.
Jun 4, 2019
House passes measure to help migrants stay in US, despite veto threat
The House of Representatives passes legislation that would bestow a chance for citizenship on an estimated two million-plus immigrants.
Jun 3, 2019
Undocumented Asheboro woman seeks sanctuary
(The Courier Tribune)
Juana Luz Tobar Ortega has been in sanctuary for more than two years.
Jun 2, 2019
As Juana waits: Asheboro woman has spent two years in Greensboro church to avoid deportation
(Greensboro News and Record)
Juana Luz Tobar Ortega has been in sanctuary in North Carolina for more than two years.
May 31, 2019
New Hampshire will live without the death penalty
(Concord Monitor)
The campaign to abolish the death penalty in New Hampshire has deep roots.
May 31, 2019
Arnie Alpert Helped Make Death Penalty ‘History’
AFSC's Arnie Alpert spent years working to end the death penalty in New Hampshire.
May 31, 2019
For Death Penalty Opponents, Repeal Victory in N.H. Has Been A Long Time Coming
(New England Public Radio)
After decades of advocacy, the death penalty has finally been repealed in New Hampshire.
May 30, 2019
N.H. Abolishes Death Penalty, As Legislature Overturns Gov.'s Veto
With a Senate vote, the New Hampshire Legislature has banned capital punishment.
May 30, 2019
Officials and Community Groups Call for Audit of County Sheriff’s Office
(Post News)
The coalition demanding the audit has gained momentum in the wake of reports of 33 in-custody deaths at the Alameda County jail since 2014.
May 30, 2019
Police Unlock AI's Potential to Monitor, Surveil and Solve Crimes
(Wall Street Journal)
Law enforcement agencies like the New Orleans Police Department are adopting artificial-intelligence based systems to analyze surveillance footage.
May 28, 2019
Guards block children from delivering letters of support to migrant kids jailed at prison camp
(Daily Kos)
Children from across the U.S. wrote nearly 3,000 letters of support to children jailed at the prison camp for migrant kids in Homestead, Florida.
May 28, 2019
WV Law Praised for Lifting Ban on SNAP Benefits
(Public News Service)
People with drug felony convictions will again be able to recieve food assistance.



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