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Jun 23, 2014
North Korea army mobilized as rivers run dry in worst drought in years
North Korea's rivers, streams and reservoirs are running dry in a prolonged drought, state media said on Monday, prompting the isolated country to mobilize some of its million-strong army to try to protect precious crops.
Jun 22, 2014
Operation Streamline: An immigration nightmare for Arizona courts
Instead of being deported immediately, immigrants are first turned into criminals and put behind bars in an approach critics call "assembly-line justice."
Jun 14, 2014
Mid-Atlantic United Church of Christ leaders vote to boycott Redskins games and gear
(Washington Post)
Posters from AFSC's travelling exhibit "Boycott! The Art of Economic Activism" featured in article on the pending boycott of the Washington Redskins.
Jun 12, 2014
Sponsor Pulls N.J. Legislation On Illegal Immigrant Driver’s Licenses
(CBS New York)
AFSC's Amy Gottlieb comments on legislation that would enable undocumented immigrants to register their car and get car insurance for the safety of all.
Jun 5, 2014
Spike in Child Detainees After Crossing into U.S. Illegally a "Crisis:" Feds
In the past eight months, 47,000 unaccompanied children have been apprehended along the border in the U.S. Southwest.
Jun 5, 2014
One Ohio City’s Growth Strategy? Immigrants
The Welcome Dayton program, which AFSC is a partner of, helps attract immigrants to revitalize this Ohio town's economy.
Jun 2, 2014
California inmates on contraband watch accuse officials of human rights abuse
(The Guardian)
Laura Magnani,AFSC Healing Justice Program Director, on the inhumane practice of prisoners being chained and shackled in empty cell for days on end.
May 18, 2014
OP-ED: Seattle’s Youth Need More Than New Jail
(Rainier Valley Post)
King County's plan to build a $210 million juvenile jail will lead to the further criminalization of young people.
Apr 9, 2014
Dollars for Endless War or Investment in a New Era?
(Truth Out)
March 2014 marked the first month in over 12 years that there were zero US casualties among troops engaging in conflict- can we begin to move forward into a new era focused on a truer version of security that addresses investments in health, education, and other social programs?
Apr 7, 2014
Not One More deportation march gathers large crowd in Denver
On Saturday April 5, 2014, Denver immigration rights activists rallied to oppose deportations.
Apr 4, 2014
Activistas se preparan para el día nacional de acción / Activists prepare for National Day of Action
(KCEC News)
Activists in Colorado prepare for the April 5th National Day of Action to stop deportation.
Apr 4, 2014
'Enough is enough!' Iowa groups call for help for families
(KCCI News)
Groups held a rally outside the Polk County Courthouse Friday calling for an end to deportations ss part of the national #Not1More Deportation campaign.
Apr 1, 2014
AZ legislator calls for investigation of prison money
(AZ Central)
Arizona Legislator calls for an investigation into the $900,000 in additional funding allocated for GEO Group, the nation’s second-largest for-profit prison company.
Mar 31, 2014
CO Groups Call on Obama to End Deportation
(Public News Service)
This Saturday, people in Colorado will join thousands of others at rallies in cities across the country to demand that President Obama end deportations.
Mar 26, 2014
King County voters approved it, but activists still search for alternatives to new youth detention
(Real Change News)
Activists, policy-makers, youth, and mental health professionals speak out against the construction of a new youth jail in King County.
Mar 18, 2014
In Providence, immigration activists call on Chafee to end ‘ICE holds’
(Providence Journal)
Immigrant activists Monday renewed their call for Governor Chafee to limit collaboration between Rhode Island law enforcement agencies and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement with regard to holds placed on detainees.
Mar 12, 2014
AFSC exhibit focuses on art of economic boycotts
(Philadelphia Inquirer)
An exhibit opening Wednesday at the offices of the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) titled "Boycott! The Art of Economic Activism" illustrates the power of boycotts in bringing about change around the world over the last 50 years.
Mar 7, 2014
What Would You Do With $1 Trillion?
(Public News Service)
Students at one Missouri high school hope a video they produced for the "If I Had a Trillion Dollars" Film Festival will give lawmakers a lesson on how the students’ priorities line up with those of the federal budget.
Mar 5, 2014
Political Prisoner Marshall Eddie Conway Released After 44 Years
Incarcerated activist and founder of AFSC's Friend of a Friend program is released from prison after 44 years.
Mar 5, 2014
Exclusive: Freed Ex-Black Panther Marshall "Eddie" Conway on 44 Years in Prison & FBI Surveillance
(Democracy Now)
Former Black Panther Marshall "Eddie" Conway speaks with Democracy Now less than 24 hours after his release from nearly 44 years in prison.
Feb 17, 2014
Hoosiers Can View Art as a Tool of Social Change
(Public News Service)
"Boycott!" exhibit provides an up-close look at the power of art and the role it plays in social activism.
Feb 10, 2014
Why I didn't want my son's killer to spend his life in jail
(Detroit Free Press)
Ronald D. Simpson II--who is spearheading the AFSC's restorative justice project in Michigan--shares the story of his son's murder and why he believes even his murderer deserves a second chance.
Feb 6, 2014
Stop the deportations
(Concord Monitor)
AFSC's Arnie Alpert and Maggie Fogarty urge President Obama to stop the deportation of immigrants.
Feb 5, 2014
Maine Attorney General Under Fire Over Elvers
(Indian Country Today )
Maine’s Attorney General has been taken to task by AFSC's Jamie Bissonette Lewey for raising a questionable “constitutional concern” that could undermine an agreement between the Passamaquoddy Tribe and the state over elver fishing.



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