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Sep 1, 2021
Families of police violence victims march on D.C.
(Minnesota Spokesman Recorder)
"Last weekend a few hundred family members who have lost loved ones to police violence arrived in Washington, D.C. to lift their voices against what has become a longstanding scourge on the image of the U.S. as a just and lawful country."
Aug 25, 2021
San Diego immigrants’ rights advocates criticize 'Remain in Mexico' ruling
(ABC10)
Local immigrants’ rights advocates are speaking out after the U.S. Supreme Court refused to block a court ruling ordering the president to reinstate the controversial Trump-era "Remain in Mexico" policy.
Aug 22, 2021
Korean Americans Await Biden's Decision On North Korea Travel Ban
(NPR)
The Biden administration must decide by month's end whether to keep or scrap a 2017 ban on travel to North Korea.
Aug 20, 2021
A post-pandemic world requires free and robust civil society
(Paris Peace Forum)
True security and peace can only be achieved when civil society organizations and grassroots movements are treated as partners, rather than threats.
Aug 16, 2021
Online Trenton program explores roots of the prison and criminal justice reform movement
(NJ.com)
AFSC's Bonnie Kerness is one of three panelists at the “Black August, Then and Now,” a free virtual panel discussion and spoken word program, hosted by The Trent House Association and the Greater Trenton Chapter of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History.
Aug 16, 2021
Rep Raja urges Congress to pass The NOVID Act; Expand US Global Vaccine Aid for India & other Nations
(India Post )
"Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi strongly pitched to dramatically expand US global vaccine aid programs to India and other nations at a time when the US has so far only allocated 7.5 million vaccine doses for India."
Aug 15, 2021
Community Program Instead of Detention Centers
(LA Progressive)
Progressive advocates are calling on the Biden Administration to divert funding from immigration enforcement to community based programs.
Aug 14, 2021
Trans woman freed from ‘hellish’ ICE detention after thousands of allies demanded her freedom
(Pink News )
A 41-year-old trans woman is freed after two years in ICE detention at Otay Mesa Detention Center. A coalition including AFSC organized a letter-writing campaign that saw more than 14,000 people write to ICE demanding her case be reviewed.
Aug 14, 2021
ICE Quietly Extends Elizabeth Detention Center Contract With CoreCivic
(Patch.com )
ICE has extended its contract with the private company that runs the Elizabeth Contract Detention Center in New Jersey until August 31, 2023, despite regional pullback from immigration detention.
Aug 9, 2021
Michigan has dramatically lowered the rate of inmates returning to prison
(Bridge Michigan )
Michigan's prison population has dropped from 51,000 prisoners in 2006 to 33,000 today. The DOC attributes the decline in prison recidivism to changes in parole supervision and the introduction of vocational training for prisoners.
Aug 6, 2021
178 Groups Denounce Biden Administration's Continued Violation of Refugee Protections
(Human Rights Watch)
AFSC is one of 178 humanitarian organizations to sign off on a letter to President Biden urging the administration to "direct immediate actions to uphold US refugee law and treaty obligations."
Aug 2, 2021
6 experts give a letter grade on Biden-Harris administration's handling of immigration thus far
(Business Insider)
President Biden must do more to change immigration policy.
Jul 30, 2021
At ICE’s Whim: Detained Immigrants Speak Out on Brutal Transfers
(The Indypendent )
New Jersey detainees were recently scattered across the country, as far away as Louisiana and Nevada. Advocates protest for ICE to release detainees on parole.
Jul 30, 2021
Arizona Lawmakers Invest More In Private Prisons After Record-High Campaign Contributions
(KJZZ.org)
Prisoner advocates say the state is moving in the opposite direction of the federal government, which terminated contracts with private prisons earlier this year.
Jul 30, 2021
Judge issues final sentence for Antwan Stroud -- with no jail time
(New Hampshire Union Leader )
Antwan Stroud is set to serve 50 hours of community service with the American Friends Service Committee
Jul 30, 2021
Judge issues final sentence for Antwan Stroud -- with no jail time
(New Hampshire Union Leader )
Antwan Stroud is set to serve 50 hours of community service with the American Friends Service Committee
Jul 30, 2021
Letter encourages equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines
(Church of the Brethren Newsline)
AFSC along with several other faith-based organizations, signed letter to President Biden encouraging the administration to take action and ensure equitable access to the COVID-19 vaccine.
Jul 29, 2021
Taxing the Wealthy and Corporations Favored in Recent NH Poll
(InDepthNH.org)
New Hampshire residents support taxing corporations and the wealthy, and believe that it would help rather than hurt the economy.
Jul 26, 2021
State still wants Black protester jailed for cop threats; defense wants community service
(Manchesterinklink.com)
"The prosecutor in the case of a Black Lives Matter protester, who a judge ordered resentenced because a White co-defendant received no jail time yet he, a Black man, received a 30-day sentence, still wants Antwan Stroud, 19, to serve 30 days in jail."
Jul 24, 2021
Stroud wants community service; prosecutors insist on original jail sentence
(New Hampshire Union Leader )
Antwan Stroud seeks to be re-sentenced for 50-hours of community service following his participation in the unrest that followed a Black Lives Matter rally last year. AFSC wrote a letter to the State of New Hampshire in support of Antwan.
Jul 23, 2021
Office of Peacebuilding and Policy signs letter to Senate Armed Services Committee regarding Selective Service
(Brethren.org)
AFSC "signs letter sent by peace church organizations and other peace groups to the Senate Armed Services Committee. The letter urges an end to the Selective Service System and rejection of any attempt to add women to the group on which the burden of draft registration is imposed."
Jul 22, 2021
PRO Act drive revs up as faith groups back legislation
(People's World )
Faith groups come together to rally and show support for the Protect the Right to Organize (PRO) Act.
Jul 21, 2021
Religious Americans Demand Climate Action
(Center for American Progress )
AFSC is one of four faith-based groups in West Virginia that have joined the West Virginia Climate Alliance to "to call on the state’s U.S. senators to support the climate priorities in the Biden administration’s infrastructure plans."
Jul 16, 2021
The Woodcraft Folk Are the Socialist Boy Scouts
(Jacobin Magazine )
The Woodcraft Folk of Britain are a foremost left-wing, coeducational, anti-militarist, egalitarian Scouting organization, chartered in 1925.
Jul 15, 2021
Six things lawmakers could do to help hungry West Virginians
(The Fayette Tribune )
"Hunger in West Virginia — a complex problem tied to shuttered grocery stores, infrastructure issues and generational poverty — has increased during the Covid-19 pandemic."

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