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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
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 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 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."
Jun 2, 2021
Groups Urge President Biden to Include Immigration in Pardon Process
(Human Rights Watch)
AFSC signs letter to President Biden, urging the administration to "consider immigration consequences" while exercising his pardoning powers.
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 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 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
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 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 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
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.



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