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AFSC in the news

Mar 7, 2015
Palestinian women speak in Omaha of horrors back home
In Omaha, young Palestinians speak out about the impacts of the occupation on their daily lives during the first stop on a speaking tour organized by AFSC.
Mar 6, 2015
Selma: Experienced as a Child, Remembered as an Adult
(Huffington Post)
On the 50th Anniversary of the march in Selma, Sophia Bracy-Harris reflects on the march, the movement, and the role of AFSC's Family Aid Fund.
Mar 5, 2015
Boycott Posters Offer History Lesson for Des Moines
(WHO Channel 13)
“Boycott! The Art of Economic Activism” poster exhibition teaches Des Moines residents about the powerful history of boycotts.
Mar 3, 2015
N. Korean U.N. envoy's Philly visit nixed amid escalating tensions
(Philadelphia Daily News)
A historic visit to Philadelphia from North Korean Ambassadors was cancelled. AFSC has worked with cooperatives farms in North Korea since 1997, and was set to host the Ambassadors.
Mar 3, 2015
What Works, What Doesn't to Counter Extremism: It's Not More of the Same
In this op ed, AFSC's Aura Kanegis and Kerri Kennedy explain why we must prioritize investing in peace building rather than militarism to address the root causes of violent extremism.
Mar 2, 2015
Peace and Planet: The Wind and Rain of Nuclear Weapons Abolition
AFSC's Joseph Gerson calls for activists to redouble efforts to eliminate nuclear weapons whose detonation could end all life as we know it
Mar 1, 2015
Anti-Israel divestment push gains traction at US colleges
Colleges and universities across the country are taking up the issue of divesting from companies that profit from the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territory.
Mar 1, 2015
A Powerful Hope
(Friends Journal)
Phil Lord, clerk of the board of AFSC, reflects on the Nobel Peace Laureates Summit in Rome.
Feb 28, 2015
Secret assassination and its aftermath
(Contra Costa Times)
AFSC's Stephen McNeil talks about the human costs of drone warfare and unchecked military interventions across the globe.
Feb 27, 2015
Victor Ochen: 1st Ugandan Nobel peace prize nominee
(World Bulletin)
In 1947 AFSC accepted a Nobel Peace Prize on behalf of Quakers worldwide. In 2015, they continue to nominate others who are carrying on the work of global peace-building.
Feb 27, 2015
Bill that would ban local LGBT anti-discrimination actions called ‘dead’
(Charleston Gazette)
Activists across West Virginia successfully postpone a bill that would ban local anti-discrimination policies in the state.
Feb 26, 2015
From IDP camp to Nobel Peace Prize nominee
(Daily Monitor)
AFSC nominates Victor Ochen for a Nobel Peace Prize for his work with the African Youth Initiative Network.
Feb 25, 2015
Chief reports traffic stop race disparity
(U-T San Diego )
A new report details a disturbing trend of disproportionate stops and searches for African American and Latino drivers.
Feb 25, 2015
Judge’s ruling a roadblock to immigration reform
(Des Moines Register)
In this op ed, AFSC's Sandra Sanchez explains the problems with a Federal Judge's efforts to block President Obama's executive order on immigration.
Feb 24, 2015
Michigan pays law firm to help prisoners sue
(USA Today)
Michigan will approve state funding to provide legal support for prisoners. AFSC's Peter Martel explains the barriers prisoners face when bringing legal action.
Feb 23, 2015
How to go to jail: The surprisingly robust genre of prison survival guides
With massive prison expansion comes a growing body of prison writing. AFSC's Survival in Solitary manual helps people in solitary confinement maintain health and sanity.
Feb 20, 2015
Pentagon's Disclosure of Looming Offensive On Mosul Raises Concerns Over Civilian Impact
(Common Dreams)
As U.S. and Iraqi forces prepare for a spring offensive against ISIS combatants, analysts warn that increased militarism will exacerbate an already violent situation.
Feb 19, 2015
American Friends Service Committee 'deeply disturbed' over Texas court ruling blocking immigration executive action
(Providence Journal)
A Federal Judge in Texas effectively halts Obama's executive order on immigration.
Feb 18, 2015
The March For Campaign Finance Reform Has Only Just Begun
"New Hampshire Rebellion" marchers protest Citizens United and learn bird-dogging skills from AFSC.
Feb 18, 2015
Immigration Reform: While Courts Battle Executive Action, State Laws For Undocumented Immigrants Face New Threats
(International Business Times)
Nationally and locally, immigrant rights activists win major victories but now face legislative and judicial pushback.
Feb 17, 2015
Obama to Congress: Rubber-Stamp My Perpetual War
President Obama seeks a new Aurhtorization for Use of Military Force for ongoing military action in Iraq and Syria.
Feb 17, 2015
Right-to-Work debated again
(Union Leader)
AFSC's Arnie Alpert speaks out against New Hampshire legislation that undermines workers' ability to form a union.
Feb 17, 2015
Ugandan youth nominated for 2015 Nobel Peace prize
(Sudan Tribune)
AFSC nominates Victor Ochen, childhood victim of war and founder of the African Youth Initiative Network, for the 2015 Nobel Prize.
Feb 13, 2015
Undocumented Father Finds Sanctuary in Denver Church to Fight Deportation to Mexico
(Democracy Now)
After 115 days, Arturo Hernandez Garcia is still taking sanctuary in a Denver church to avoid deportation. Democracy now interview Arturo, along with his family and AFSC's Jennifer Piper.
Feb 12, 2015
Doug Ducey: ill-informed big spender
(Arizona Republic)
Arizona moves forward with for-profit prison plan despite evidence from AFSC and others showing private prisons are costly and dangerous.



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