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AFSC in the news

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
Jul 5, 2015
Ducey calls for investigation of Kingman prison riot
(Arizona Republic)
In the wake of unrest at a for-profit prison outside Kingman, AFSC's Caroline Isaacs and others point to the failures of prison privatization.
Jun 30, 2015
Basu: No hecklers allowed
(Des Moines Register)
Activists raising tough questions for candidates and politicians face removal and sometimes arrest for trying to exercise their right to free speech.
Jun 30, 2015
Report: Murrieta Immigrant Protest Example Of Collusion
A new report shows that border patrol authorities have been colluding with anti-immigration groups in order to "inject negative biases into the broader immigration debate."
Jun 30, 2015
Crowd turns out for racial equality event in Charleston
(Charleston Gazette)
Crowds gather in Charleston to talk about steps to take to promote racial equality.
Jun 30, 2015
How to reduce Michigan's corrections budget in the long term
(Michigan Public Radio)
AFSC's Natalie Holbrook explains why the only logical and moral way to cut corrections spending is by reducing the prison population and closing prisons.
Jun 27, 2015
On prisons, Arizona stays tough
(Arizona Daily Star)
Experts weigh in on the problems with Arizona's "tough on crime" approach and skyrocketing corrections budget.
Jun 27, 2015
Church-based BDS does not unfairly ‘single out’ Israel
Op Ed makes the case for why faith-based activists engage in Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions campaign.
Jun 23, 2015
Event aims to improve racial equality in WV
(Charleston Daily Mail)
In West Virginia, an AFSC program rallies the community to generate concrete solutions to address systemic racism.
Jun 23, 2015
19 Dems urge Kerry to make detained Palestinian children a priority
(Jewish Telegraphic Agency)
After AFSC and other organizations held a congressional briefing, lawmakers in Washington publish a letter voicing their concerns over the military detention of Palestinian children.
Jun 23, 2015
Dems tell Kerry: Don’t ignore Palestinian children
(The Hill)
Due to advocacy efforts by AFSC and other organizations, a group of 18 Democratic lawmakers are urging the State Department to do all it can to make Israel give better treatment to Palestinian children held in detention.
Jun 23, 2015
California Prisoners Die of Drug Overdoses at Three Times National Rate
AFSC's Laura Magnani speaks to KQED about the flow of drugs into California's prison system, and how the state's efforts to curb the problem lead to violations of prisoners' rights.
Jun 17, 2015
Young adults speak out about raising the minimum wage in KC
(Fox 4)
In Kansas City, young people from AFSC's youth program take to the streets to highlight the importance of paying workers a living wage.
Jun 17, 2015
North Korea says hit by worst drought in 100 years
As drought strikes the DPRK (North Korea), AFSC's farm management programs train in new planting techniques to conserve water.
Jun 16, 2015
Colorado immigration activists join U.S. hunger strike
(Colorado Independent)
Colorado activists participate in a national hunger strike to try and prevent the deportation of Arturo Hernandez Garcia and to ask ICE officials to exercise discretion in deportation proceedings.
Jun 15, 2015
Jeb Bush Goes Off Script To Promise Immigration Reform
(Huffington Post)
Jeb Bush is compelled to address immigration issues after activists stand up at his campaign announcement to spell out "legal status is not enough."
Jun 15, 2015
Rogers urges 2016 focus on security
(Detroit News)
As military contractors and former government officials host forums on foreign policy in the 2016 elections, AFSC's Governing Under the Influence project calls into question whether foreign policy should be dictated by self-interested corporations.
Jun 13, 2015
James Beard Foundation honors Bustos’ fight for rights, education of farmers
(Santa Fe New Mexican)
Don Bustos--farmer, educator, and co-director of AFSC's New Mexico Program--is receiving the James Beard Award for his work in support of farmers’ rights and education, and efforts to include farmers of color in the national food movement.
Jun 12, 2015
Invest in Des Moines hotel, get a green card
(Des Moines Register)
AFSC's Jody Meshak speaks out about a two tiered system that allows wealthy investors a path to citizenship but leaves other immigrants behind.
Jun 12, 2015
Coming Home Straight From Solitary Damages Inmates And Their Families
Thousands of people every year are released directly from solitary confinement to the streets without mental health treatment or support.
Jun 11, 2015
Palestinian American teen recounts Israeli assault to packed room on Capitol Hill
(Electronic Intifada)
Lawmakers hear testimony at a congressional briefing from Palestinian youth who have been detained and assaulted by Israeli soldiers.
Jun 10, 2015
FBI Investigates Border Death of El Cajon Resident Shot With Taser
Immigrant rights groups push for investigation into whether Customs and Border Patrol agents are adhering to their own use of force policies.
Jun 10, 2015
Disproven tax ‘remedies’ can still hurt you
(Charleston Gazette)
AFSC's Rick Wilson explains why cutting taxes to create jobs in a failed solution that creates more problems for state governments and communities.
Jun 10, 2015
Don't Be Fooled: New Bipartisan AUMF Greenlights Endless War
(Common Dreams)
AFSC's Policy Impact Coordinator critiques the new "Authorization for Use of Military Force" for continuing to allow for U.S. military action across the globe with very few restrictions.
Jun 9, 2015
Advocacy groups criticize $500 million in local jail funding
(San Francisco Chronicle)
Sixteen California advocacy groups--including AFSC--are criticizing the way a state board is distributing $500 million for construction of local jails.



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