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AFSC in the news

Aug 20, 2015
Calling for 12 month extension for Vizguerra
(El Semanario)
Families, faith leaders, and advocates gather in support of Jeanette Vizguerra, an immigrant rights activist and mother fighting deportation in Colorado.
Aug 18, 2015
Campaign warns migrants against illegal crossings
(San Diego Union-Tribune)
U.S. Customs and Border Patrol is trying to dissuade people from crossing the border. AFSC's Pedro Rios says more needs to be done for people to have security in their home countries.
Aug 18, 2015
On evil, Iran and the coming vote
(Charleston Gazette-Mail)
In this op ed, AFSC's Rick Wilson talks about violence, conflict, and the importance of the Iran deal.
Aug 18, 2015
What I Learned From Nine Months in Sanctuary
Arturo Hernandez Garcia reflects on what he learned during his nine months in sanctuary at the Unitarian Church in Denver.
Aug 18, 2015
Thousands of immigrants apply for licenses
(San Diego Union-Tribune)
After years of advocacy, a new law allows undocumented immigrants to obtain drivers licenses.
Aug 15, 2015
Meet the DREAMers confronting presidential candidates
(Des Moines Register)
AFSC's hector Salamanca and other activists with DREAM Iowa are "bird-dogging" presidential candidates to demand answers on immigration policy.
Aug 15, 2015
Back to School
(South Seattle Emerald)
A reporter from the South Seattle Emerald takes a radical history tour of Seattle with AFSC's Tyree Scott Freedom School.
Aug 14, 2015
2 Investigates: Inmate's death at Santa Rita jail raises questions about private medical company
(Fox 2 KTVU)
Medical neglect from Corizon--a private company that manages prison healthcare--raises questions about privatization of prison services.
Aug 13, 2015
Piden fin en detención de indocumentados
Organizaciones y activistas a favor de los inmigrantes se manifestaron frente al centro de detención de inmigrantes de Elizabeth, NJ. Buscan que se pongan fin a las cuotas en la detención de indocumentados.
Aug 13, 2015
Protesters Rally Against Immigration Detention Quotas
Activists rally in front of an ICE detention facility in Elizabeth, NJ to demand an end to policies that mandate immigrant detention facilities stay full.
Aug 13, 2015
NJ Immigration Detention
Protests ensue outside an immigrant detention facility after advocates release a report showing that half of immigrant detention centers run by the federal government are required to fill a certain number of beds.
Aug 13, 2015
Solitary confinement in New Jersey's prisons: cruel and unusual punishment
(NJ Spotlight)
A New Jersey Senator introduces legislation to limit long-term solitary confinement. Advocates testify to the practice's harmful impacts.
Aug 11, 2015
Inmates rioted over mistreatment - so should taxpayers
(Arizona Republic)
Arizona's private prisons are bad for people confined in them, and a bad deal for Arizona taxpayers.
Aug 10, 2015
Ferguson Progress: From Anger to Action
(KMZU 100.7)
On the one-year anniversary of Mike Brown's death, AFSC's Joshua Saleem talks to KMZU about how young people are taking action against systemic injustice.
Aug 10, 2015
At Beacon Hill Freedom School, Student Build to Take Apart
(South Seattle Emerald)
In Seattle, AFSC's Freedom School helps youth gain tools to challenge institutional racism.
Aug 10, 2015
A Year After Mike Brown’s Death, Ferguson Activists Fear Little Has Changed
(MintPress News)
Activists say a lot of work remains to be done in Ferguson, despite national attention, a black police chief and the election of three new black City Council members.
Aug 7, 2015
Ferguson One Year Later: Turning Anger to Action
(Public News Service)
The cameras have stopped rolling and the national news crews have gone home, but in the year since the shooting death of Michael Brown, grassroots programs have been driving change in Ferguson.
Aug 6, 2015
An activist continues to spread a message calling for no nuclear weapons
(Concord Monitor)
On the 70th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima, the Concord Monitor profiles AFSC's Arnie Alpert and his decades of activism to abolish nuclear weapons.
Aug 5, 2015
N4T Investigators: Arizona town profiting off prison for Central American migrants even as federal case looms
(KVOA News 4)
Eloy, Arizona makes thousands of dollars off federal contracts designed to funnel money to private prison companies.
Aug 5, 2015
Bell will ring for a world without nuclear weapons
(Des Moines Register)
Every year on the anniversary of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Iowans gather to ring the Japanese bell on the grounds of the State Capitol.
Aug 5, 2015
How Ferguson changed once the media went home
(Think Progress)
One year after Michael Brown's death, the people of Ferguson and St. Louis continue to seek justice and build community.
Aug 4, 2015
Congressional crossroads on atrocities prevention
(The Hill)
A federal inter-agency committee tasked with preventing international atrocities experiences some success, but more stability and resources are needed.
Aug 1, 2015
Bird-dog training helps voters ask strong questions that require thoughtful answers
(Concord Monitor)
AFSC organizes "bird dog" trainings to help residents of Iowa and New Hampshire pose tough questions to the 2016 presidential candidates.
Aug 1, 2015
Khalid’s eyes: On growing up in Iraq
(Friends Journal )
Raed Jarrar reflects on growing up in Iraq and the destruction brought about by years of U.S.-led war.
Jul 30, 2015
Our 70th anniversary homework: Confronting the myths and learning the lessons of Hiroshima and Nagasaki
(Common Dreams )
AFSC's Joseph Gerson reflects on the legacy of the atomic bomb and the prospects for a nuclear free future.



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