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Oct 18, 2021
US sanctions policies desperately need accountability
(Responsible Statecraft )
"Congress has an opportunity to play an important complementary role in ensuring that policymakers in both branches of government have the information they need to implement a more constructive, thoughtful and evidence-based approach to sanctions moving forward" writes AFSC's Daniel Jasper.
Oct 17, 2021
Anti-Black Racism in U.S. immigration affront to God-given Dignity
(Blacknews.com)
"The pervasive anti-Black racism in the U.S. immigration system is an affront to the God-given dignity of Black people across the world. It is our failure, as a nation, to recognize the gifts, potential, and spark of the divine which is in each person. It is also our responsibility, as a nation and as people of faith, to change."
Oct 14, 2021
‘No Tech for Apartheid’: 40+ Groups Demand Amazon and Google Ditch Israeli Military
(Antiwar.com)
"Courageous workers at Google and Amazon are calling on their employers to stop enabling the Israeli government's oppression of Palestinian families."
Oct 14, 2021
The circuitous connections between the Korean War and the War on Terror
(NK News )
AFSC's Daniel Jasper reflects on "how the outrage in the aftermath of 9/11 not only brought us disastrous military interventions in Afghanistan and Iraq but has also revived a state of perpetual war with North Korea."
Oct 13, 2021
Dover School Board Ward 1 candidate: Maggie Fogarty
(Fosters Daily Democrat)
AFSC's New Hampshire Program Director Maggie Fogarty is a candidate for Dover School Board.
Oct 13, 2021
Officer charged with sexually assaulting prisoner at troubled N.J. women’s prison
(NJ.com)
"A prisoner at New Jersey’s only women’s prison was allegedly sexually assaulted by a correctional officer last month, even as the troubled facility is under federal monitoring and heightened scrutiny due to authorities detailing how sexual abuse was rampant at the facility for years."
Oct 12, 2021
Biden may renew Obama’s China engagement policies: Mahbubani
(Global Times)
Kishore Mahbubani, Singaporean political scientist, shares his insights in a written interview with Global Times.
Oct 8, 2021
Walls Are Dumb but President Biden's ‘Smart Border’ Is Even Worse
(Transnational Institute)
Residents and activists oppose Chula Vista Police Department sharing information from automated license plate readers with U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
Oct 8, 2021
New Jersey Alliance For Immigrant Justice Launches New Digital “Resource Hub”
(Insider NJ)
The New Jersey Alliance for Immigration Justice Resource Hub "will serve as a digital toolbox for activists, organizers, advocates, and community leaders building community power across the state."
Oct 8, 2021
Arizona Prisons Will Spend Millions in Covid Relief Funds on Offices for Executives
(Phoenix News Times)
Arizona Department of Corrections is using their $4.2 million in covid relief on renovating the offices of DOC executives and administrators, instead of addressing the needs of the people in Arizona's prisons.
Oct 5, 2021
Say no to waiving Berkeley’s Sanctuary Contracting Ordinance
(The Daily Californian )
Berkeley city leadership will vote on a waiver to Berkeley’s Sanctuary Contracting Ordinance in order to legitimize a $6.5M contract with Motorola.
Oct 4, 2021
“We’re Not Going to Get Out of This With Donations”: Activists Pressure Rich Nations to Break Patents for Global COVID Vaccine Equity
(TheBody)
Advocates across the nation are calling for global vaccine equality.
Oct 2, 2021
Q&A: Sharon Cameron, Author of ‘Bluebird’
(The Nerd Daily )
Author Sharon Cameron shares insights into her new YA thriller "Bluebirds" and the use of AFSC's archives to help guide her research.
Sep 29, 2021
57 Civil and Human Rights Organizations Urge Biden Administration and Congress to Keep a Pathway to Citizenship for Immigrants in Budget Reconciliation Bill
(Human Rights Watch)
The American Friends Service Committee signs letter addressed to President Biden to keep a pathway to citizenship for immigrant communities in the Build Back Better reconciliation bill.
Sep 27, 2021
Opinion: Border Patrol’s ‘prevention through deterrence’ strategy is deadly by design
(The San Diego Union-Tribune )
"The Biden administration must drastically change course by prioritizing humanitarian responses to migration and focusing on protecting the human rights of those seeking refuge" writes AFSC's San Diego Area Program Director, Pedro Rios.
Sep 24, 2021
‘Dehumanization of Palestinians’: US $1bn funding of Israel’s Iron Dome draws flak
(PressTV)
"The controversial decision to approve $1 billion for Israel’s Iron Dome missile system has drawn flak from a cross-section of people, from politicians to activists to journalists in the US."
Sep 24, 2021
NJ Immigrant Rights Groups Join Nationwide Wave of Outrage at Biden Administration’s Abuse of Haitian Refugees at the U.S.-Mexico Border
(Insider NJ)
"NJ Immigrant Rights Groups Join Nationwide Wave of Outrage at Biden Administration’s Abuse of Haitian Refugees at the U.S.-Mexico Border."
Sep 24, 2021
Solidarity Walk Aims at Political Will for Immigration Reform
(InDepthNH.org)
The pathway to citizenship is threatened in Congress, where the Senate parliamentarian recently ruled that immigration reform can’t be included in the pending budget bill.
Sep 20, 2021
Civil Rights Groups to White House: Discriminatory ‘National Security’ Policies Must End
(Center for Constitutional Rights )
Advocates are calling on the Biden administration and policymakers across the country to dismantle the post 9/11 discriminatory national security frameworks and commit to repairing the harms they have inflicted.
Sep 19, 2021
The U.S. Just Made Traveling to North Korea Easier—For Some
(The National Interest )
"The State Department will now allow humanitarian workers to visit North Korea multiple times on a single authorization, rather than just once.”
Sep 16, 2021
Top-level China-US talks led to big gains in Obama years
(South China Morning Post)
A new study by AFSC and NCAFP says dialogue yielded benefits in areas such as climate change and public health.
Sep 13, 2021
WV jails have more inmates now than when lawmakers passed bail reform in 2020
(Charleston Gazette-Mail)
"The law requires magistrates to release people from custody on a personal recognizance bond if that person was arrested on certain nonviolent charges."
Sep 11, 2021
Jayapal, Omar, Tlaib, and Chu Introduce September 11 Congressional Resolution
(Jayapal.house.gov)
AFSC endorsed the resolution to put "forward a series of recommendations to support those affected by the hateful profiling and targeting that has occurred during the 20 years since the September 11 attack."
Sep 10, 2021
Hudson County will no longer house ICE detainees by November 1
(NJ.com)
"County Executive Tom DeGise informed ICE officials Friday that the county will stop accepting or detaining ICE detainees in roughly a month and a half."
Sep 10, 2021
Biden Nuclear Posture Review Must Examine Ballistic Missile Defense
(Counter Punch)
"The U.S. Department of Energy's current budget for nuclear weapons is already double its Cold War budget."

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