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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."
Jul 14, 2021
Pilgrimage to India: When Martin Luther King Jr followed in Gandhi’s footsteps
"After a month-long visit in 1959, the civil rights leader was convinced that non-violence was the best way forward for the African-American struggle."
Jul 13, 2021
After two years of ICE detention, Maura, a transgender woman from Nicaragua regains her freedom
(Amnesty International)
"After a campaign to free Maura, a 41-year-old transgender woman from Nicaragua, generated over 14,000 emails to the ICE San Diego Field Office, the Department of Homeland Security agency has finally released Maura to freedom after detaining her for over 800 days in a facility accused of medical neglect and failing to prevent COVID-19 outbreaks."
Jul 9, 2021
Creating a Pathway for Migrants: Fearless Nuns and Interfaith Advocates Challenge Detention
Interfaith Voices speaks with three women who are supporting immigrants through direct service and advocacy.
Jul 8, 2021
Advocates wanted ICE contracts stopped. Now N.J. detainees are being sent to other states
ICE detainees in New Jersey are being transferred to other states, far from their families and attorneys, despite advocates arguing for their release.
Jul 8, 2021
They wanted ICE contracts stopped. Now detainees are being shipped to other states
(NJ Spotlight News)
"Advocates had hoped detainees would be released but instead ICE is transferring them. A judge declined to halt the practice."
Jul 7, 2021
The violence against Palestinians in Gaza doesn’t stop when the bombs stop falling
“We can’t give Gaza only seasonal attention. The violence continues. Ending the political isolation of Gaza and trying to make Gaza a place we can imagine living in is our mandate," says Jehad Abusalim, AFSC's Education and Policy Associate of the Palestine Activism Program.
Jul 1, 2021
'These officers beat me up': Videos show alleged abuse inside NJ women's prison
The New Jersey Office of the Attorney General released about 90 minutes of surveillance and handheld camera footage of the January assaults at the Edna Mahan Correctional Facility. The videos provide the public a rare look into a state prison that has a history of problems.
Jul 1, 2021
Attorney general releases video of violent prison ‘extractions’
(NJ Spotlight News)
"Explicit recordings document actions inside women’s prison that led to charges against 10 officers."
Jun 30, 2021
ICE relocates detainees from NJ jails, lawsuit looks to block long-distance transfers
(NJ Spotlight News)
"More than 30 federal immigration detainees at the Essex County jail were transferred Tuesday to unknown locations, raising concerns from advocates who have long pushed not just for the closure of such facilities but also for the release of those held in them."
Jun 30, 2021
Some immigrant detainees abruptly transferred out of NJ facility taken to Plymouth County Correctional Facility
"A transfer of roughly four dozen federal immigration detainees from a New Jersey jail this week has caused confusion about where they ended up and triggered a federal lawsuit against the Biden administration."
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
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 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 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.



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