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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.
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.



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