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Jun 30, 2021
110+ Orgs to Biden: End U.S. Program of Lethal Strikes Abroad
(Amnesty International)
"The letter calls on the Biden administration to use its ongoing review of the program, as well as the upcoming 20th anniversary of 9/11, as an opportunity to disavow and end the lethal strikes program for good."
Jun 29, 2021
Immigrant Community Members Urge Governor Murphy to Make Anti-Detention Bill Law Immediately
(Insider NJ)
Community members and immigrants’ rights advocates called on Governor Murphy to sign bill S3361/A5207 to prohibit new, renewal, and expansion of ICE detention contracts statewide.
Jun 28, 2021
Protesters at San Diego’s Chicano Park say, “Free Leonard Peltier!”
(Liberation News)
Community members gather to demand freedom for Leonard Peltier.
Jun 28, 2021
Why The People's Yellow Pages, A Relic Of '70s Counterculture, Still Resonates Today
The People's Yellow Pages, a directory of activist and anti-war resources created in the '70s, remains an important part of history.
Jun 25, 2021
Immigration Weekly Round-Up: NJ State Assembly Votes to Ban ICE Detention; Immigration Benefits No Longer Denied for Minor Application Errors; Children Face Harsh Conditions in Immigration Detention
(The National Law Review )
"It is expected that if passed, the bill will be signed by Governor Phil Murphy. New Jersey would become the fifth U.S. state to ban ICE contracts."
Jun 25, 2021
Anger over GOP-backed budget about ‘more than just numbers’
(Monadnock Ledger-Transcript)
Grace Kindeke, Program Coordinator for AFSC comments "we deserved a budget that works for us. We deserve a budget that does not harm us.”
Jun 25, 2021
Protesters rally at State House against budget as lawmakers pass it
(Yahoo! News )
Residents and activists gather outside of New Hampshire's State House to protest the state budget.
Jun 24, 2021
NJ Immigrant Families, Advocates Celebrate A5207/S3361 Passage in Senate, Call for Anti-Detention Bill to Become Law During Immigrant Heritage Month
(Insider NJ)
"Following A5207’s passage in the Assembly on Monday, S3361 passed the full Senate Thursday afternoon. Families and advocates urge Governor Murphy to meet the Legislature’s pace and sign the bill this month."
Jun 24, 2021
Quaker Organizations Launch Racial Justice Initiative
(Friends Journal )
Four Quaker organizations announced a new initiative, Quakers Uprooting Racism, designed ”to accelerate the work to end white supremacy among and beyond Friends.”
Jun 24, 2021
New Jersey Consortium for Immigrant Children and Members Hail Nationally Pathbreaking $3 Million Program for New Jersey’s Unaccompanied Minors and Other Immigrant Youth
(Insider NJ)
"New Jersey will become the second state in the nation after California to create a statewide, state-funded legal representation program for unaccompanied minors, and the first in the nation to include within its scope similarly situated youth, including children arriving from the Remain in Mexico program."
Jun 24, 2021
Hundreds protest state budget, police called
(The Eagle Tribune )
“It’s immoral and it hurts all of us" Maggie Fogarty, Program Director with AFSC, said of the proposed budget.
Jun 23, 2021
U.S. Border Patrol chief ousted from position by Biden administration
Pedro Rios with AFSC's U.S-Mexico Border Program comments, "my hope is that President Biden is committed to changing the agency."
Jun 16, 2021
Oakland city council approves restricting purchases of militarized equipment
City council approves ordinance that will regulate the Oakland Police Department's purchasing and use of militaristic equipment.
Jun 16, 2021
Farm to Food Bank: Stopping Food Waste at the Source
(NYC Food Policy Center)
AFSC is one of several organizations helping to eliminate food waste by rerouting excess produce to communities in need.
Jun 14, 2021
Union Construction’s Racial Equity and Inclusion Charade
(Stanford Social Innovation Review )
"White men have taken extraordinary measures to keep construction unions white and have designed their unions to frustrate and intimidate prospective Black members."
Jun 11, 2021
Arizona Budget Proposal Assumes New Private Prison Beds Will Cost More Than Public Facilities
The Arizona Department of Corrections asks for an additional $16 million to pay for their contracts with private prisons.
Jun 11, 2021
Bicameral legislators introduce measure to protect U.S. from COVID variants
(Homeland Preparedness News )
"The Nullifying Opportunities for Variants to Infect and Decimate (NOVID) Act would help increase prevention and vaccination efforts in low- to middle-income countries to reduce new strains and outbreaks of COVID-19." AFSC and several other groups have sponsored this legislation.
Jun 11, 2021
Abuse plagued N.J.’s women’s facility for years. How will state protect prisoners moving forward?
"Gov. Phil Murphy announced this week his decision to eventually close Edna Mahan Correctional Facility for Women, a prison that has been plagued by years of abuse against prisoners."
Jun 8, 2021
Teen who wore Mexican flag at graduation gets the diploma he was denied at the ceremony
Ever López was denied his diploma as he walked across the graduation stage wearing the Mexican flag over his shoulders.
Jun 8, 2021
"A Big Step Backwards": Miami Advocates Decry Supreme Court Ruling on Immigration
(Miami New Times )
Immigration advocacy organizations denounce the U.S Supreme Court ruling that migrants with Temporary Protected Status cannot become permanent residents if they entered the country illegally.
Jun 8, 2021
Teen who wore Mexican flag at graduation gets the diploma he was denied at the ceremony
After public pressure, the young man and his family were able to retrieve his diploma.
Jun 7, 2021
Women’s Prison Plagued by Sexual Violence Will Close, Governor Says
(The New York Times )
"Gov. Philip D. Murphy announced that he would shut down Edna Mahan Correctional Facility, New Jersey’s only women’s prison, because of a 'long history of abusive incidents.'”
Jun 7, 2021
Twin Cities youth touch on the impact of violence and making their voices heard
The American Friends Service Committee and Youth Undoing Institutional Racism held a press conference in Minneapolis to address proposed safety plans that do not include the voices of the impacted youth.
Jun 7, 2021
Oakland vice mayor wants to clamp down on police buying militarized equipment
"Oakland's vice mayor and a coalition of community groups are pushing to clamp down on the police department's acquisition of military equipment."
Jun 2, 2021
Assembly Law & Public Safety Committee, Follows Senate, Passes Bill to Ban New ICE Detention Contracts Amid Calls for Floor Votes Before Summer Recess
(Insider NJ)
"As local detention sites depopulate or move toward closure, the urgency to ban future ICE detention contracts grows in New Jersey."



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