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Mar 26, 2015
Privatize detention centers? Bad idea
(Concord Monitor)
Op ed by Arnie Alpert speaks out about the dangers of privatizing New Hampshire's detention centers.
Mar 25, 2015
Hey, World! Let's Create a Nuclear-Free Future
This short video shows how nuclear abolition connects deeply with struggles to end and prevent wars, increase peace, and achieve economic and environmental justice in our local communities and around the world.
Mar 24, 2015
Seattle Voices with Ariel Hart
(Seattle Voices)
Anti-racist organizer Ariel Hart discusses institutional racism, the prison industrial complex, and what young people in Seattle are doing to advocate for justice.
Mar 24, 2015
N.J. treats immigrants 'like second-class residents,' new group says
Liberal, labor and immigrant rights groups join together to form a coalition supporters say will push for driver's licenses for undocumented immigrants, improved relations between police and immigrants and more.
Mar 22, 2015
Activists fast to show support for $10 minimum wage
(Indianapolis Star)
About 100 community activists fast for 72.5 hours to protest the Indiana General Assembly's lack of support for raising the $7.25 per hour minimum wage.
Mar 21, 2015
Palestinians speak truth to Netanyahu's double-speak
(Des Moines Register)
Three women from "Palestinian Youth: Together for Change" speak out about occupation and repression in the wake of Israel's elections.
Mar 20, 2015
Anti-Citizens United Activists Get Ready For 2016 Presidential Candidates In Iowa, New Hampshire
(Huffington Post)
In Iowa and New Hampshire, grassroots activists are mobilizing people to press presidential candidates to get corporate money out of politics.
Mar 18, 2015
Report: US-Backed Forces Committing Atrocities, Fueling Sectarianism in Iraq
(Common Dreams)
Human Rights Watch investigation finds Iraqi military forces, Shiite militias, and volunteer fighters carried out arson, demolitions, and abductions in aftermath of Amerli operation in September.
Mar 17, 2015
Did Iowa Ag Summit screen out critics?
(Des Moines Register)
The Iowa Agricultural Summit denies entry to activists with AFSC's "Governing Under the Influence" project.
Mar 15, 2015
Lobbying firms earn upward of $1 million to influence NH laws
(Nashua Telegraph)
Lobbying firms are making big profits influencing legislation in New Hampshire. AFSC's Arnie Alpert talks about what this means for the state.
Mar 14, 2015
Fifty-year march: Wyoming man travels to Selma to face the death of his father, a civil rights martyr
(Casper Star Tribune)
The son of James Reeb retraces his father's steps on the 50 year anniversary of his death. James Reeb was an AFSC staff person who was killed for participating in the civil rights movement.
Mar 13, 2015
Advocates and Citizens Rally for Law Enforcement Reform in Annapolis
(Baltimore Afro-American)
Advocates gather in Annapolis to rally in support of a slate of bills aimed at reforming law enforcement practices.
Mar 12, 2015
UN resolutions have ‘failed’ people of Syria, say aid groups
A new report from AFSC and other aid agencies and humanitarian groups criticizes the United Nations Security Council for failing to alleviate suffering in Syria.
Mar 10, 2015
Non-Republicans Welcome (But Not Really) At 'Bipartisan' Iowa Event For 2016 Hopefuls
(Huffington Post)
AFSC's Grassroots Education Coordinator and several others are asked to leave the Iowa Agricultural Summit simply because of their political affiliations.
Mar 9, 2015
Palestinian Women Speak Out
(KFAB/Fox News Radio)
Palestinian youth organizers Ayah Bashir and Tamara Tamimi speak with Fox News about conditions in the occupied Palestinian Territory and what young people can do to be part of making change.
Mar 7, 2015
Huckabee: I'm prepared to run against Clinton
(Des Moines Register)
Presidential candidate Mike Huckabee is questioned about the detention of undocumented immigrant children in for-profit detention centers.
Mar 7, 2015
What are you willing to risk to bring about equality?
(National Catholic Reporter)
The National Catholic Reporter reflects on the legacy of James Reeb, an AFSC staff member who was killed for participating in the march from Selma to Montgomery.
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.



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