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AFSC in the news

Jan 9, 2020
As Trump escalates tension with Iran, 2020 candidates need clear vision for peace
(Des Moines Register)
We need all the presidential candidates to clarify how they intend to provide leadership in a world poised on the brink of inter-connected crises and war.
Jan 8, 2020
Who Benefits From Escalation With Iran? Defense Contractors.
War profiteers all profit from the NDAA and the defense budget, and actively lobby the congressional committees responsible for making decisions on defense policy, the federal budget and foreign relations.
Jan 7, 2020
Global campaign aims to change harmful narratives about youth worldwide
(KYW News)
Young people from across the world working with AFSC launch the #WeAreNotAtRisk campaign.
Jan 4, 2020
'No War but Class War' at D.C.'s Iran Protest
About 1,000 demonstrators marched from the White House to Trump International Hotel to protest U.S. aggression against Iran.
Jan 3, 2020
Rep. Blackman renews fight for change in sentencing laws
(Arizona Capitol Times)
The struggle for sentencing reform in Arizona will continue in the next legislative session.
Jan 1, 2020
First Lady of the World: Eleanor Roosevelt’s Impact on New Deal to U.N. Declaration of Human Rights
(Democracy Now!)
Eleanor Roosevelt raised money for the American Friends Service Committee.
Dec 30, 2019
Unauthorized immigrant arrested at International Friendship Park, letter claims
(San Diego Union Tribune)
Border Patrol agents questioned a man's legal status while visiting his elderly mother and put him in detention for 13 months.
Dec 30, 2019
Happy birthday to the Rev. James Reeb, a true ally
(The Philadelphia Tribune)
Rev. James Reeb was killed for standing up for civil rights.
Dec 30, 2019
Initiative backer seeks sentencing reform
(Eastern Arizona Courier)
An initiative led by AFSC seeks to change harsh sentencing laws/
Dec 26, 2019
Advocates push for sentencing reform
(AZ Mirror)
Criminal justice reform advocates are hoping to make major strides in scaling back Arizona’s harsh sentencing requirements in 2020.
Dec 25, 2019
The fight to expose Israel’s arms sales to the world’s most repressive regimes
(+972 Magazine)
Activists from across the political spectrum went head to head with the Israeli government, trying to bring an end to its arms exports to tyrannical governments worldwide.
Dec 24, 2019
Organization seeks ballot proposal to change Arizona's sentencing laws
AFSC asks voters to decide on "truth in sentencing" laws.
Dec 24, 2019
Arizona Prison Sentencing Reform Advocates Planning Potential 2020 Ballot Measure
A proposal would end the practice of prosecutors stacking charges.
Dec 23, 2019
Candidates petitioned on military spending
(Mennonite World Review)
More than 30 faith groups sign on to a letter urging presidential candidates to reduce military spending.
Dec 22, 2019
Tijuana River toxic sewer sludge dangerous for migrants and border agents: Border Patrol
(San Diego Union Tribune)
A dramatic Thanksgiving night rescue highlighted the dangerous route border-crossers take through storm drains filled with toxic human waste and dangerous chemicals.
Dec 18, 2019
Community to gather at State House Plaza on Thursday to honor homeless lost in 2019
(Concord Monitor)
Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day is honored nationwide, usually on the longest night of the year, the winter solstice.
Dec 18, 2019
Dover, Portsmouth vigils to honor those lost in homelessness
(Seacoast Online)
Dover and Portsmouth will each host a candlelight vigil to honor and remember people who died in 2019 due to their experiences with homelessness.
Dec 17, 2019
How activists got a Congress member to introduce a bill on behalf of Palestinian children
AFSC's Jennifer Bing is working hard to protect the rights of Palestinian children.
Dec 17, 2019
Preparing for the next big earthquake or any emergency
How community organizers and organizations are preparing for the emergencies we know are coming.
Dec 17, 2019
“Pensé que me iban a secuestrar”: testimonio de un adolescente detenido por inmigración
(La Opinion)
“I thought they were going to kidnap me”: testimony of a teenager arrested for immigration.
Dec 16, 2019
Advocates Celebrate Historic Passage of Legislation That Allows Driver’s Licenses For All New Jerseyans
(Insider NJ)
Legislation A-4743 & S-3229 passed through the New Jersey Assembly and Senate Houses.
Dec 16, 2019
Nearly 1000 New Jersey Leaders and Organizations Support Allowing More Residents To Access A Driver’s License
(Insider NJ)
As the bill to expand access to driver’s licenses heads to a final vote on the Senate and Assembly floors, Let’s Drive NJ campaign releases the full list of supporters.
Dec 12, 2019
ICE detainee who attempted suicide would rather die in U.S. than face torture
The threat of deportation puts people at risk of violence and death.
Dec 12, 2019
Here we go again
(Charleston Gazette-Mail)
It's time to stop bigotry in West Virginia.
Dec 12, 2019
Arizona to reopen part of women's prison as shortage of correctional officers continues
(Arizona Republic)
The Arizona Department of Corrections is reopening part of a Douglas prison.



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