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AFSC in the news

Jan 24, 2015
Neto's Tucson: Incarceration costs undercut state's well-being
(Arizona Daily Star)
The editor of Tucson's Spanish-language newspaper weighs in on why Arizona should stop expanding the prison system and highlight's AFSC's work to make this happen.
Jan 21, 2015
Dreaming and working for a real democracy after Citizens United ruling
(Cleveland Plain Dealer)
Op ed from AFSC's Greg Coleridge on the anniversary of the Citizens United decision and how corporate influence in politics undermines democracy.
Jan 21, 2015
Why Is This Man Claiming Sanctuary From the Feds in a Church?
Arturo Herndandez Garcia was acquitted on all charges for defending himself from a racist attack, but now the U.S. is trying to deport him. AFSC is trying to stop that from happening.
Jan 20, 2015
Local youth activists hold ‘Day of action against police violence’
(Louisiana Weekly)
AFSC partners with young activists and African American fraternities and sororities to host a "Day of Action to End Police Violence" in New Orleans.
Jan 19, 2015
Group to support family, other programs
AFSC's West Virginia Economic Justice Project works with the Out Children Our Future campaign to protect funding for children, families, and the environment.
Jan 18, 2015
Unique deal to detain migrants nets Eloy $438,000
(AZ Central)
The federal government is paying an Arizona city to manage a for-profit prison in Texas. AFSC's Caroline Isaacs speaks out against the plan.
Jan 18, 2015
Money Trail: Trained in bird-dogging, voters learn to press candidates
(Concord Monitor)
AFSC trains "bird dogs" to press presidential candidates about the influence of corporate money on public policy.
Jan 17, 2015
The state of felony disenfranchisement in America
As President Obama prepares for his 2015 State of the Union address, AFSC's Lewis Webb reflects on the millions of U.S. citizens who are barred from the polls because of their criminal records.
Jan 16, 2015
Greensboro march focuses on police behavior
(Greensboro News and Record)
Communities gather on Martin Luther King Day to protest police brutality and racial profiling at a rally organized by AFSC.
Jan 16, 2015
Activist groups hold protest against immigration policy
(Miami Herald)
Members of AFSC and others hold a demonstration in Miami to stand with immigrant communities and to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Jan 16, 2015
As Bush and Romney Battle, Can Rand Paul Sneak Through In New Hampshire?
AFSC's Arnie Alpert questions presidential candidate Rand Paul about corporate investment in militarism and war.
Jan 16, 2015
Arturo Hernandez Garcia: "I'm Fighting for Many Families"
(Public News Service)
Despite legal setbacks, Garcia--who has taken sanctuary in a Denver church--continues his struggle to remain in the U.S. and to change policies that put immigrants at risk.
Jan 15, 2015
Organizers say Northampton Martin Luther King Jr. Day observances especially timely this year
(Daily Hampshire Gazette)
AFSC's 30th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration Monday helps local residents grapple with racism and injustice in the wake of national unrest over police violence.
Jan 15, 2015
My Turn: One person, one vote
(Concord Monitor)
Op ed by AFSC's Arnie Alpert talks voting rights, the Citizens United decision, and the legacy of Martin Luther King.
Jan 15, 2015
Atlanta youth activists to rally, march against police violence
(Atlanta Journal Constitution)
On Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday, youth activists plan rally and march to Atlanta City Hall to demand police accountability and racial justice.
Jan 15, 2015
Immigration vote sends chilling message to those facing deportation
(Denver Post)
Immigrant rights activists are undeterred in the face of a new anti-immigrant bill that recently passed through the Republican-controlled House of Representatives.
Jan 15, 2015
Changing relations of police, minorities
(Atlanta Journal Constitution)
Op ed by AFSC's Kamau Franklin about police violence, racism, and the growing youth-led movement for social change.
Jan 14, 2015
Family holds rally for immigrant staying in church
Arturo Hernandez, who has taken sanctuary in a church basement with the help of AFSC, is denied a stay of deportation even though he would likely qualify for Obama's "deferred action for parents" program.
Jan 14, 2015
Targets no more -- ending bad policing
(Charleston Gazette)
This op ed from Kamau Franklin explores the relationship between racism and police violence, and talks about what young people across the south are doing to make change.
Jan 14, 2015
Greensboro rally planned against profiling, abuse
(Greensboro News and Record)
AFSC's South Organizing Against Racism speaks out against racial profiling and police brutality during a region-wide day of action.
Jan 13, 2015
Rally against police violence planned Thursday in Annapolis
(Capitol Gazette)
Activists plan a trip to Maryland's capitol to speak out against police violence as part of a National Day of Action Against Police Brutality and Militarization.
Jan 12, 2015
A disarmament movement is growing
(Boston Globe)
AFSC's Joseph Gerson writes about the growing global movement to abolish nuclear weapons.
Jan 6, 2015
Old age in the big house
(Al Jazeera America)
As the U.S. prison population ages, prisons across the country have begun to look like nursing homes. AFSC's Michigan program helps older prisoners navigate the parole process.
Jan 5, 2015
DMV: New California Licenses Meant To Increase Safety, Not Deportations
As undocumented immigrants in California become eligible for drivers licenses, an AFSC program helps people navigate the application process.
Jan 3, 2015
Drake student helps motivate fellow 'dreamers'
(Des Moines Register)
AFSC's Kenia Calderon is named one of the "15 People to Watch in 2015" by the Des Moines Register for her work and leadership in the immigrant rights movement.



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