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Jul 29, 2015
Promise turns to fear for N.J. immigrants after Trump comments, states' suits
Anti-immigrant rhetoric in the 2016 presidential race has immigrant communities and immigrant rights activists worried.
Jul 24, 2015
Kean University Forum on solitary confinement brings together prison reform proponents from throughout New Jersey
After decades of grassroots advocacy effort, a New Jersey Senator introduces legislation to reform the use of solitary confinement.
Jul 24, 2015
Bill Would Withhold Federal Dollars from ‘Sanctuary Cities’
Immigrant rights advocates in Newark respond to the dangers of a new House Bill that would withhold federal law enforcement grants from sanctuary cities.
Jul 23, 2015
Home again
(Boulder Weekly)
A Mexican immigrant who claimed sanctuary reflects on nine months living in a church basement.
Jul 23, 2015
NH’s income inequality fastest-growing in U.S.
(New Hampshire Business Review)
Experts speculate on New Hampshire's growing income gap. AFSC's Arnie Alpert says it's in part due to the state's low minimum wage.
Jul 22, 2015
Partial victory: Undocumented immigrant Arturo Garcia walks free after nine months in sanctuary
(Colorado Independent)
Arturo Hernandez Garcia was finally able to leave the church where he had taken sanctuary. But his immigration status is still up in the air.
Jul 22, 2015
After Nine Months in "Sanctuary," Garcia Going Home
(Public News Service)
Colorado immigrant Arturo Hernandez Garcia was able to leave the "sanctuary" of a Denver Unitarian church on Tuesday after receiving a letter from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement confirming that he was not a priority for deportation.
Jul 21, 2015
Immigrant Claiming Sanctuary Leaves Church After Nine Months
In a victory for immigrant rights advocates, Arturo Hernandez Garcia left the church where he had taken sanctuary for nine months with the assurance from ICE that they will exercise discretion not to deport him.
Jul 21, 2015
Mexican man leaves Denver church sanctuary after nine months
(Denver Post)
After months of advocacy, Arturo Hernandez Garcia was able to leave the Unitarian Church after ICE said he was not a priority for deportation.
Jul 20, 2015
Advocates to Ducey: Scrap bid for more private prisons
(Arizona Republic)
Prison reform advocates on called on Arizona's Governor Doug Ducey to cancel the bidding process for 2,000 additional correctional beds.
Jul 20, 2015
Group takes to Capitol to protest spending on extra prison beds
(Arizona Capitol Times)
During a press conference at the Capitol, AFSC's Caroline Isaacs and others urge the governor and lawmakers to cancel plans to expand Arizona's prison system.
Jul 16, 2015
Editor's Note: Dear Private Prison Industry
(Tucson Weekly)
AFSC has been working to stop prison privatization in Arizona for years, reporting on the effects of long-term isolation, inadequate healthcare, and deplorable conditions of confinement.
Jul 15, 2015
Bombers, Blood, and Teddy Bears: Posters from the 2014 War on Gaza
Palestinians who were killed in Israel’s 50-day military operation against Gaza last summer have been immortalized in the posters that have emerged from the conflict.
Jul 15, 2015
Chicago’s Rebel Rabbi Standing with Palestinians: “We Must Stand with the Oppressed and Call Out the Oppressor”
(Centre for Research on Globalization)
Interview with AFSC's Midwest Regional Director Brant Rosen discusses his opposition to the occupation of the Palestinian territory and what solidarity means to him.
Jul 14, 2015
Arizona postpones bidding for more private prisons
(Arizona Republic)
In a victory for anti-privatization advocates, the Arizona Department of Corrections has postponed the bidding process for a new private prison.
Jul 13, 2015
Are working people living too well?
(Charleston Gazette)
AFSC's Rick Wilson talks about the political climate, economic justice and the struggles of working people in West Virginia.
Jul 13, 2015
Department Of Corrections Delays Bids For New Medium-Security Beds
Arizona extends due date for private prison companies to apply to build more beds in the wake of disturbances at the Kingman State Prison.
Jul 12, 2015
Private prisons reflect outdated Arizona corrections policy
(Arizona Daily Sun)
Arizona Daily Sun's Editorial Board questions the state's sentencing and corrections policies, as well as the utility of private prisons.
Jul 11, 2015
California's Invasive 'Contraband Watch' Often Yields Little
(Associated Press)
Prisoners' rights advocates speak out against a controversial method to recover contraband from people in prison.
Jul 9, 2015
10 Years Later, Israel Under Pressure From Successful Boycott Movement
(MintPress News)
On July 9, 2005, over 170 Palestinian organizations united to demand that the world stop supporting Israel, launching the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement. What have they accomplished?
Jul 7, 2015
Ducey Wants Investigation of For-Profit Prison in Kingman
(Arizona NPR)
A string of incidents that escalated to full-scale rioting at a privately run prison complex in Kingman is raising worries over the how the facility is managed.
Jul 7, 2015
Don’t Get Cancer if You’re in Prison
Privatized and under-funded prison health care systems lead to negligent care and preventable deaths for incarcerated people in Arizona and across the country.
Jul 7, 2015
Multiple Investigations Surrounding The State Prison In Kingman
AFSC calls for an independent investigation into privately operated Kingman State Prison after multiple riots.
Jul 6, 2015
For-profit prisons threaten public safety
(Arizona Republic)
This op ed from AFSC's Caroline Isaacs explains why for-profit prisons threaten the safety of prisoners, staff, and the public.
Jul 6, 2015
Arizona taxpayers should 'riot' over private prisons
(Arizona Republic)
Poor management, violations of prisoners' rights, untrained stadd, and poorly constructed facilities all mean private prisons end up costing tax-payers more in the long run



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