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AFSC in the news

Oct 15, 2019
Remembering the meteoric John Brown
(West Virginia Gazette Mail)
AFSC's Rick Wilson reflects on the legacy of John Brown.
Oct 14, 2019
California Is Ending its Use of Private, For-Profit Prisons
(San Diego Entertainer Magazine)
California will ban the use of for-profit, private detention facilities.
Oct 12, 2019
Indigenous Peoples Day, Monday Oct. 14, you can watch online free a 2018 Emmy-winner: DAWNLAND
(Daily Kos)
The documentary Dawnland follows the truth and reconciliation commission in Maine that tried to address the removal of Native American children from their homes.
Oct 12, 2019
California to End Its Use of Private, For-Profit Prisons
(NBC 7)
California will ban the use of for-profit, private detention facilities, including those under contract to the federal government to hold immigrants awaiting deportation hearings.
Oct 11, 2019
Ruling Restricts Use of ICE Databases
A Federal Judge in California restricts the use of state databases by ICE.
Oct 10, 2019
Opposition campaign mounts against Arapahoe County jail tax
(Colorado Politics)
The Coalition for Smarter Public Safety Spending contends it's cheaper to keep people out of jail in community programs than locking more of them up.
Oct 9, 2019
Learning to answer the call
(The Sopris Sun)
The Colorado Rapid Response Network trains volunteers to respond to ICE activity.
Oct 8, 2019
Sending Forth Community Action: The Radical Hope of the PO Box Collective
(New City Art)
In October, the exhibit “Found: Love Letters of Muslim Resistance and Community,” opens at the PO Box Collective.
Oct 7, 2019
Governor appoints new Arizona Department of Corrections director
(KOLD 13)
Gov. Doug Ducey announced the appointment of David Shinn as the director of the Arizona Department of Corrections.
Oct 7, 2019
New Arizona prison boss once restricted books for inmates
(Arizona Capitol Times)
The new head of the state Department of Corrections is a career employee of the federal Bureau of Prisons where he instituted a policy that restricted access to books.
Oct 7, 2019
Arizona governor picks Federal Bureau of Prisons official David Shinn to lead state corrections agency
(Arizona Republic)
Two months after embattled Arizona Department of Corrections leader Chuck Ryan announced his resignation, Gov. Doug Ducey has appointed a replacement.
Oct 6, 2019
The US Border Security Industry Could Be Worth $740 Billion by 2023
The combined budgets of ICE and CBP have more than doubled since the mid-2000s.
Oct 5, 2019
Don't take food from hungry kids
(Charleston Gazette-Mail)
The Trump administration's efforts to change eligibility for SNAP will mean some of West Virginia's kids will lose food access.
Oct 4, 2019
Precarios, servicios básicos para migrantes
(Es! Diario Popular)
Migrants face precarious conditions and services.
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.



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