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AFSC in the news

Oct 3, 2019
SDSU Study Highlights Corruptions CBP Officers and Agents Face
(NBC 7 )
A new study from San Diego State University highlights corruption in Customs and Border Protection.
Oct 3, 2019
¡Más de 8 mil! inmigrantes han perdido la vida en su intento de cruce, tras 25 años de Operación Guardián
(El Latino San Diego)
More than eight thousand immigrants have lost their lives in their attempt to cross the border over the last 25 years.
Oct 1, 2019
On 25th anniversary, Operation Gatekeeper blamed for border deaths, dehumanization of migrants
(San Diego Union Tribune)
Migrant advocates are calling for a #newbordervision that rethinks heavy border enforcement.
Oct 1, 2019
For 25 years, Operation Gatekeeper has made life worse for border communities
(Washington Post)
Operation Gatekeeper and the enforcement strategies surrounding it have cost thousands of people their lives, led to human rights violations and harmed border communities and the environment.
Oct 1, 2019
Critics say thousands died because of Operation Gatekeeper
(Fox 5)
Operation Gatekeeper has been harmful for migrants and for the border region.
Sep 30, 2019
Operation Gatekeeper at 25: Look back at the turning point that transformed the border
(Los Angeles Times)
Operation Gatekeeper transformed the border region through walls and militarized enforcement.
Sep 27, 2019
A Rising Youth Movement Picks Up Where Governments Have Failed
(Interpress News Service)
Young people are taking action on climate change.
Sep 26, 2019
Global leaders congregate in Mexico for Nobel Peace Summit
(Dos Mundos)
1,200 youth and 30 Nobel Peace Prize recipients gathered in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico, for the Nobel Peace Summit.
Sep 21, 2019
Marines Charged With Human Smuggling At Camp Pendleton
Thirteen Marines stand accused of transporting migrants from the border to locations around San Diego County.
Sep 20, 2019
One Spot of Normalcy: Chiura Obata’s Art Schools
(Smithsonian Magazine)
Art schools run by Japanese Americans in internment camps provided a valuable outlet for the people detained there.
Sep 20, 2019
"Necesitamos políticas migratorias más humanas", dicen Premios Nobel
(El Universal)
AFSC's General Secretary Joyce Ajlouny calls for humane immigration policies at the 2019 Nobel summit.
Sep 19, 2019
LOCKED DOWN: Nationwide search underway for director of Arizona Department of Corrections
(KOLD 13)
The Arizona Department of Corrections is without a permanent director as the search for Charles Ryan’s replacement is underway.
Sep 16, 2019
The Poets Vote: An Evening Of Poetry & Voter Registration
A poetry event in San Diego encourages voter registration.
Sep 15, 2019
Levantan la voz por la dignidad de la niñez inmigrante
(MetroLatino USA)
Human rights organizations from the United States, Mexico and Central America signed a statement in which they urged special protection for children who seek a better future in the United States.
Sep 12, 2019
Montgomery to high court opens way for criminal justice changes
(Arizona Capitol Times)
A new Arizona Supreme Court justice might shift the balance of power when it comes to criminal justice reform.
Sep 12, 2019
Denuncian polución tóxica cerca de centro de niños inmigrantes en Florida
(Impacto Latino)
AFSC and WeCount! release a report on toxic conditions near the Homestead detention center.
Sep 11, 2019
Locked Down: Prison reform advocates propose legislation for citizen advisory board
AFSC has proposed legislation to create a new body of public oversight that would help reshape and reform Arizona prisons.
Sep 9, 2019
Activists Hosting Day of Action at Immigrant Detention Center in Aurora
Advocates will gather outside the immigrant detention center for testimony from individuals impacted by the facility and workshops on how to engage lawmakers in discussions about it.
Sep 9, 2019
Stephen King Introduced One of the X-Men's Most Terrifying Villains
In the 1980s, proceeds from the "Heros for Hope" comic benefited AFSC.
Sep 8, 2019
’Gentle woman with a spine of steel;’ legacy of activist Frances Crowe celebrated
Hundreds gathered at two memorial events celebrating the life and legacy of activist Frances Crowe.
Sep 8, 2019
50 years ago a nuclear bomb was detonated under the Western Slope to release natural gas. Here’s how poorly it went.
(Colorado Sun)
The Rulison explosion was larger than the one that devastated Hiroshima.
Sep 7, 2019
Suddenly the race is real as candidates electrify arena crowd
(Union Leader)
As presidential candidates square off in New Hampshire, local residents demand funding cuts to ICE and CBP.
Sep 6, 2019
Expert: North Korean Call for UN to Cut Aid Staff Seen as Pressure for Sanctions Relief
(Voice of America)
Sanctions are impeding the delivery of humanitarian aid delivery.
Sep 5, 2019
In Face of Mounting Violence, +Peace Coalition Launches Inaugural Global Peacebuilding Action Week
(Markets Insider)
+Peace invites organizations, groups, and individuals to lead events in their communities that raise awareness about peacebuilding.
Sep 5, 2019
How We Shut Down the Nation’s Largest Child Detention Center
(Yes! Magazine)
We were determined to shut down the detention center before the school year started, rallying around the cry that children belong in schools, not prison camps.



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