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AFSC in the news

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.
Oct 22, 2014
First Person in CO Claims Sanctuary to Avoid Deportation
(Public News Service)
Immigration and Customs Enforcement has been trying to deport Arturo Hernandez for the past four years. With the help of the New Sanctuary Movement, he became the first person in Colorado to take sanctuary in a local church.
Oct 22, 2014
Man declares sanctuary in Denver to avoid deportation
(Denver Post)
AFSC in Denver has been working to build the New Sanctuary Movement, which has offered sanctuary in a Unitarian Church to a man facing deportation.
Oct 12, 2014
Passamaquoddy Youth Leader in South Africa
(Maine Public Broadcasting Network)
Native youth leader from Maine travels to Cape Town for the World Summit of Nobel Laureates' Global Youth Indaba.
Oct 9, 2014
2015 a Make-or-Break Year for Nuclear Disarmament
(Inter Press News Service)
In April of 2015, the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference will take place in New York. A network of organizations, including AFSC, is mobilizing for nuclear abolition and climate justice.
Oct 8, 2014
Campaign means it's time to get up close and personal
(New Hampshire Union Leader)
Florida Senator and presidential hopeful Marco Rubio is questioned on foreign policy as part of AFSC's "Governing Under the Influence" project.
Oct 8, 2014
Quakers look to shake up Arizona attorney general’s race
(Phoenix Business Journal)
AFSC questions Mark Brnovich, candidate for Arizona Attorney General, on his relationship to private prison company Corrections Corporation of America.
Oct 7, 2014
Rubio joins Brown to call Shaheen ‘silent shadow’ of ‘failed’ Obama foreign policy
(NH Journal)
AFSC's Arnie Alpert asks presidential hopeful Marco Rubio about "corporate cronyism" and military spending.
Oct 7, 2014
After 13 Years, President Obama, 'Time to End Our Endless War in Afghanistan'
(Common Dreams)
As the war in Afghanistan marks it's 13th year, the AFSC joins with activists and veterans across the country to call for peace.
Sep 29, 2014
"War Has Failed Miserably": Could U.S. Strikes Unite Extremists at Odds in Syria?
(Democracy Now)
Democracy Now interviews AFSC's Policy Impact Coordinator Raed Jarrar about the rise of the ISIS, the expanded U.S. military response, and what a political solution could look like.
Sep 29, 2014
As US Bombs Iraq and Syria, Who Exactly Is Being Killed?
(Common Dreams)
AFSC's Raed Jarrar speaks with Common Dreams about the U.S.'s expanded war in Iraq and Syria.
Sep 23, 2014
Youth Justice Campaigners Turn Boring Land Use Hearing Into a Fight Against Institutional Racism
(The Stranger)
Young people from AFSC and other organizations show up to offer powerful testimony about racial disparity in the criminal justice system and the possible impacts of building a new youth jail.
Sep 17, 2014
Coloradans Threatened with Deportation Turn to Faith for "Sanctuary"
(Public News Service)
Places of worship are known as places to find comfort in faith, and a coalition of Denver faith leaders--which AFSC is a part of--also wants to offer relief from the threat of deportation to members of the immigrant community.
Sep 14, 2014
A Voice for Social Justice: Moral Mondays Movement Comes to Indiana
(Public News Service)
Inspired by a social-justice campaign in the South, a grassroots coalition is forming in Indiana to be a voice for equal justice for all.
Sep 12, 2014
WH press secretary: We’re at war with ISIS
AFSC's Policy Impact Coordinator Raed Jarrar speaks with MSNBC's Chris Hayes about U.S. military intervention in Iraq and Syria.
Sep 11, 2014
6 Reasons Why History's Hard Truths Will Likely Doom Obama's Plan to Defeat ISIL
AFSC Policy Impact Coordinator Raed Jarrar offers six reasons not to take military action in Iraq and Syria.
Sep 4, 2014
Faith Leaders Protest Against “Youth Jail”
(South Seattle Emerald)
An interfaith protest, organized by a member of Youth Undoing Institutional Racism, takes a stand against the construction of Seattle's new youth jail.



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