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May 4, 2021
NH's "Divisive Concepts" Bill
(NHPR.org)
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 3, 2021
Numbers show an increase in maritime smuggling into US
(ABC10)
San Diego Border Patrol reports 309 maritime smuggling events in fiscal year 2020 and 157 from this fiscal year to date.
May 3, 2021
N.J. undocumented residents apply for driver’s licenses for 1st time, but MVC turns some away
(NJ.com)
Undocumented New Jersey residents are newly eligible to apply for a driver’s license, but many are turned away.
May 2, 2021
On May Day, N.H. Activists Call For Raising The Minimum Wage to $15
(NHPR)
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
(InDepthNH.rog)
Activists honor International Workers Day with a May Day Rally.
Apr 30, 2021
Berkeley City Council seeks oversight of police use of military equipment
(KTVU)
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
(Mondoweiss)
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?
(Truthout)
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.
Mar 18, 2021
Fate of Homestead detention center in limbo as child border crossings surge
(Miami Herald)
The struggle to keep the Homestead detention center closed continues.
Mar 15, 2021
Churches protected dozens of families under Trump. Now that they’re leaving, is sanctuary over?
(Philadelphia Inquirer)
Nationally the number of people in sanctuary has dropped from 40, in 2020, to 23 now.
Feb 23, 2021
Advocates Denounce Biden Plan to Reopen Homestead Migrant Children's Facility
(Miami New Times)
Activists fought to close the facility once and say they will do it again.
Feb 22, 2021
Decatur churches plant 15,000 white flags to mourn Georgia’s COVID-19 dead
(Atlanta Journal Constitution)
“The White Flags of Georgia’s COVID-19 Devastation” memorial installation installed at Decatur Church.
Feb 18, 2021
Despite a raging pandemic and bail reform efforts, thousands of West Virginians remain jailed, awaiting their day in court
(The Record Delta)
Jail overcrowding isn't new. But as COVID-19 spreads, it's become increasingly dangerous.
Feb 17, 2021
Prisoners should be a priority for COVID vaccinations, advocates say
(Michigan Advance)
A coalition of organizations is calling on Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) to increase its COVID-19 vaccination efforts for the 33,000 people incarcerated in state prisons.
Feb 17, 2021
Biden Received $5 Million from Border Security and Immigrant Prison Companies During Campaign
(Democracy Now!)
A new report documents campaign contributions from companies profiting from border militarization.
Feb 11, 2021
N.J.’s prison leader still has a job. Many lawmakers can’t figure out why.
(NJ.com)
A growing number of lawmakers do agree on thing: state Corrections Commissioner Marcus Hicks should lose his job.
Feb 10, 2021
This database is exposing decades of Israel’s shady arms deals
(+972)
Israel has been exporting arms to the world’s most repressive governments. A new project aims to hold it accountable by tracking these confidential sales.
Feb 9, 2021
Citing 'Moral and Public Health Imperative,' Progressive Lawmakers Press Biden on Sanctions Relief
(Common Dreams)
The 27 Democrats called for "much-needed and overdue changes to the way we use sanctions as a foreign policy tool."
Feb 9, 2021
Prison guard was focus of complaints before alleged attack at women’s prison, lawmaker says
(NJ.com)
A New Jersey lawmaker said Tuesday that she raised concerns a few months ago about a sergeant at Edna Mahan Correctional Facility for Women who has now been charged in connection with an alleged violent assault of multiple women at the prison in January.
Feb 9, 2021
Child hunger: the issue that never goes away
(Charleston Gazette-Mail)
It’s an unfortunate truth that, today, a lot of kids rely heavily on schools for meeting their nutritional needs.
Feb 8, 2021
Mother arrested by border patrol agents in Texas is reunited with four children in Broomfield
(ABC 7)
An immigration activist and undocumented mother living in Broomfield is back home with her four children after she was arrested at a border patrol checkpoint in El Paso, Texas.
Feb 6, 2021
Super effort puts food on the table for many in NM
(Albuquerque Journal)
AFSC's Farm to Foodbank program helps connect farmers to people who need food.

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