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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."
May 31, 2021
N.J. is paying a consultant $1.2M to fix N.J.’s women’s prison. Will it help?
New Jersey hires The Moss Group, a Washington D.C-based consulting firm, after prison officers were accused of sexually and physically abusing women at the Edna Mahan Correctional Facility.
May 31, 2021
She tried to cross the border twice. Border Patrol expelled her. On a third try, she died off Point Loma.
(San Diego Union-Tribune)
"Maria Eugenia Chavez Segovia was among three Mexican nationals who drowned at sea when an overloaded trawler-style boat ran aground." Title 42, a Trump-era policy, makes it increasingly difficult and dangerous for migrants seeking asylum to enter the United States.
May 28, 2021
Vaccinated Az prison inmates will now be allowed visitors
After over a year of suspended in-person visits, the Arizona Department of Corrections announced they will resume in-person visits for vaccinated incarcerated people on June 19th.
May 26, 2021
Accountability for Israel Essential to Attain Lasting Peace
(Between The Lines)
"Interview with Jehad Abusalim, education & policy associate with American Friends Service Committee's Palestine Activism Program, conducted by Scott Harris."
May 25, 2021
Opinion: I thought Trump’s defeat meant ICE would stop targeting my husband. Why is it no different under Biden?
(The Washington Post )
AFSC's Associate Regional Director Amy Gottlieb explains how ICE targets immigrant leaders and activists and why the Biden Administration needs to act now.
May 23, 2021
A dreamer and attorney, she returned to Mexico after 30 years to find ‘heartbreak’ at the border
(The San Diego Union-Tribune )
Dulce Garcia, lawyer and DACA recipient, provides legal advice and support to asylum seekers at the U.S-Mexico border
May 23, 2021
Letter to the Community: On Palestine
(The Stanford Daily )
Members of the Stanford community share an open letter condemning Israel's "systematic destruction of Palestinian property, homes and lives."
May 22, 2021
Officers lied on reports in N.J. prisoner assault coverup, AG says. Read them for yourself.
"The Jan. 11 forced removal of inmates held at the Edna Mahan Correctional Facility for Women’s “restorative housing unit” is now the subject of multiple investigations, including a criminal probe being run by state Attorney General Gurbir Grewal’s office."
May 22, 2021
Lidia Yen working to address racism, inequity in Concord schools
(Concord Monitor )
The Concord Monitor shares an interview with AFSC's Community Organizing Intern Lidia Yen and "the changes she is working to bring to New Hampshire."
May 14, 2021
U.S. Christians can't ignore Israel's ongoing occupation of Palestine
The U.S. cannot remain indifferent to the displacement and bombings of Palestinians.
May 8, 2021
Caravan from Salem brings message of hope to detainee mothers
(Statesman Journal)
A car caravan in Washington and Oregon travels to Tacoma to demand the release of people in immigration detention for Mother's Day.
May 4, 2021
Progressive groups urge Reed to add funding for countries through IMF
More than a dozen progressive groups are urging U.S. Sen. Jack Reed to use his new chairmanship to bolster international financial assistance to developing countries.
May 4, 2021
NH's "Divisive Concepts" Bill
New Hampshire's House Bill 544 would prohibit the dissemination of what it calls "divisive concepts" related to sex and race in public schools, government agencies, and their contractors. Supporters and opponents of the bill discuss the wider context of critical race theory.
May 4, 2021
ICE deported Hector despite a court order. We must find him and bring him back. | Opinion
ICE repudiated a court order and deported Hector Garcia Mendoza to a dangerous section of Mexico.
May 3, 2021
N.J. undocumented residents apply for driver’s licenses for 1st time, but MVC turns some away
Undocumented New Jersey residents are newly eligible to apply for a driver’s license, but many are turned away.
May 3, 2021
Numbers show an increase in maritime smuggling into US
San Diego Border Patrol reports 309 maritime smuggling events in fiscal year 2020 and 157 from this fiscal year to date.
May 2, 2021
On May Day, N.H. Activists Call For Raising The Minimum Wage to $15
Several dozen people gathered at the State House in Concord to celebrate workers and immigrants, and push for raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour.
May 1, 2021
Rally Lifts Up Issues Faced by NH Workers
Activists honor International Workers Day with a May Day Rally.
Apr 30, 2021
Berkeley City Council seeks oversight of police use of military equipment
Berkeley city councilmembers Tuesday night passed the first-in-the nation ordinance that provides oversight and transparency for the use of military equipment by the city's police officers.
Apr 30, 2021
Palestine activists reflect on the Biden administration’s first 100 days
Activists, authors, and organizations share their thoughts on the Biden Administration and reflect on his first 100 days in office
Apr 29, 2021
Why We Must Boycott Pillsbury
(Minneapolis Star Tribune)
Members of the Pillsbury family call for a boycott of the company their ancestors started because of a Pillsbury factory operating on illegally occupied land on the West Bank.
Apr 4, 2021
Biden Could Chart a New Path for US on Palestinian Rights. Will He?
AFSC's General Secretary Joyce Ajlouny explains what steps the Biden administration needs to take to respect Palestinian rights.
Apr 1, 2021
A Quaker Call to Abolition and Creation
(Friends Journal)
Quaker reflections on the roots of slavery and the U.S. prison system, and why we need to build something new.
Mar 31, 2021
COVID-19 cases among unaccompanied migrant children in facilities spark concerns over crowding
(ABC News)
There are over 17,000 unaccompanied minors in CBP and HHS custody.



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