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Dec 13, 2014
Immigration Advocates Reenact Nativity Scene Along The ‘Path Of Death’
(Think Progress)
Shortly before Christmas, hundreds gather on both sides of the U.S./Mexico Border to re-enact Mary and Joseph’s search for shelter, a journey that mirrors the struggle of many immigrant parents and children.
Dec 9, 2014
Family of man seeking sanctuary from deportation in Denver church is flying to Washington
The family of a Denver man who took sanctuary in a church to avoid deportation travels to Washington DC to seek resolution for his case.
Dec 5, 2014
Does Obama’s immigration action undermine the Convention against Torture?
(The Hill)
Op ed from AFSC's Policy Impact Coordinator Lia Lindsey about how President Obama's executive order on immigration fails to address torture.
Dec 5, 2014
Hiroshima, Nagasaki Cast Shadow Over Nuclear Conference in Vienna
(Inter Press Service)
Inter Press News talks with experts, including AFSC's Joseph Gerson, about nuclear nonproliferation, world powers, and the ongoing dangers of nuclear war.
Dec 2, 2014
As New Prison Opens, Human Rights Group Urges Less Isolation
The American Friends Service Committee releases a report with testimonies from prisoners about their experiences in solitary confinement.
Dec 1, 2014
California Preparing For Undocumented Driver Licenses
(Capitol Public Radio)
As the state of California prepares to start issuing drivers licenses to undocumented people, AFSC's Pedro Rios speaks with Sacramento Public Radio about the benefits and potential risks for immigrant communities.
Nov 30, 2014
Bill would require N.J. prisons to limit solitary confinement of inmates
New Jersey legislators consider a bill that would limit the use of solitary confinement.
Nov 28, 2014
State wants more prison beds; critic says it can't afford them
(AZ Central)
The Arizona Department of Corrections announces it's intention to add 3000 new medium-security prison beds to the prison system. AFSC's Caroline Isaacs calls for sentencing reform and increased education funding instead.
Nov 28, 2014
Walmart protesters on Black Friday in Northeast Ohio call for company to raise wages
Black Friday demonstrations in Northeast Ohio demand better wages for Walmart workers.
Nov 25, 2014
R.I. community leaders: Ferguson ‘just another sad chapter’
(Providence Journal)
Community leaders, including AFSC's Martha Yager, speak about what the Ferguson grand jury verdict means for Rhode Island
Nov 25, 2014
Protesters Rally at City Hall in Northampton
(ABC 40)
Hundreds gathered on the steps of City Hall in Northampton at a rally organized by AFSC to show support for the people of Ferguson, Missouri.
Nov 25, 2014
Immigration reform reaction mixed
(Catholic Sentinel)
AFSC's Pedro Sosa speaks to the Catholic Sentinel about the advantages and drawbacks to President Obama's immigration reform.
Nov 22, 2014
AFSC: Ending Ferguson Violence Begins with Peace Education
In the wake of the death of Michael Brown and months of unrest in Ferguson, Joshua Saleem explains how AFSC's Peace Education Program is working with young people to nonviolently address injustice.
Nov 21, 2014
Different Views on President Obama's Immigration Order
(WFMY News )
North Carolina residents, including AFSC's Lori Khamala, respond to President Obama's Executive Order on immigration.
Nov 21, 2014
Who Will Lose Under Obama’s Executive Action?
Immigrant rights activists from across the country weigh in on who will benefit from President Obama's executive order and who is excluded.
Nov 20, 2014
For-Profit Prison Companies Have A Worrying Plan For Boosting Profits
(Business Insider)
According to a new report released by AFSC, for-profit prison companies are expanding into psychiatric facilities and civil commitment centers.
Nov 19, 2014
How Could Immigration Reform Impact Iowa’s Economy?
(Iowa Public Radio)
AFSC's Immigrant Voice Program Director Sandra Sanchez talks with Iowa Public Radio about some of the issues undocumented workers in Iowa face and the possible economic impact of immigration reform.
Nov 17, 2014
Locals react to potential immigration reform
(Fox 8)
In advance of a potential executive order on immigration reform, AFSC's Lori Khamala speaks to Fox News about why President Obama should take action.
Nov 12, 2014
US and Western Allies Turn Backs On Refugee Crisis in Syria and Iraq
(Common Dreams)
As the United Nations criticizes the international community for its failure to address the humanitarian crisis in Iraq and Syria, AFSC's Raed Jarrar speaks about the role of the U.S. military in exacerbating the problem.
Nov 11, 2014
A tough cell: US to defend solitary confinement use before UN
(Al Jazeera America)
In the lead up to the United Nations Committee Against Torture meeting in Geneva, AFSC's Bonnie Kerness and Ojore Lutalo highlight the dangers of solitary confinement.
Nov 5, 2014
Experts Discuss Treatment Of Prisoners In Arizona
(91.5 KJZZ)
AFSC's Caroline Isaacs discusses prison privatization, solitary confinement, and medical care in Arizona's prisons.
Oct 30, 2014
American exile
(Boulder Weekly)
As Arturo Hernández García takes sanctuary in a Denver church to avoid deportation, AFSC's Jennifer Piper explains why faith communities are joining the call for immigration reform.
Oct 28, 2014
Georgians Occupy Secretary of State’s Office To Protest Voter Suppression: ‘Let Us Vote’
(Think Progress)
Activists with the Moral Mondays movement occupy the Georgia State Capitol demanding an answer to why 40,000 voter registrations have gone missing.
Oct 27, 2014
Mexican man claims sanctuary in Denver church basement
The First Unitarian Church of Denver, along with a coalition of faith groups including AFSC, offers sanctuary to an undocumented man to prevent his deportation.
Oct 22, 2014
Iraq divided: The fight against ISIL
(Al Jazeera)
AFSC's Policy Impact Coordinator Raed Jarrar weighs in on U.S. military aid to extremist groups in Iraq and Syria.



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