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AFSC in the news

Mar 1, 2019
McCollum reintroduces historic bill to promote Palestinian children’s human rights
Rep. Betty McCollum reintroduced her historic bill to promote the human rights of Palestinian children who face detention, interrogation, abuse and violenceby the Israeli military.
Mar 1, 2019
The Great March Of Return And Peaceful Protest In Gaza
In March 2018, a series of protests called the Great March of Return started in the Gaza Strip.
Mar 1, 2019
Jean Fairfax, Unsung but Undeterred in Integrating Schools, Dies at 98
(New York Times)
The New York Times looks at the life of former AFSC staffer and lifelong activist Jean Fairfax.
Feb 28, 2019
Prevalece oposición a construcción del Muro, revela encuesta; pero el voto será de la mayoría republicana
(El Latino San Diego)
Opposition to President Trump's border wall continues.
Feb 28, 2019
Documentary, House Bill Aim For Arizona Criminal Justice Reform
In Arizona, House Bill 2270 would allow some prisoners to earn early release credits.
Feb 28, 2019
Smith College to honor activist Frances Crowe at 100
A founder of AFSC's Western Massachusetts chapter and lifelong activist is celebrated.
Feb 28, 2019
A Conversation with the Palestinian Non-Violence Activist Who Sparked Gaza Marches
Palestinian activist Ahmed Abu Artema starts on a U.S. speaking tour with AFSC.
Feb 27, 2019
Ambitious Criminal Justice Reform Bills Are Dying in Arizona Legislature
(Phoenix New Times)
A bill for criminal justice reform faces obstacles in the state legislature.
Feb 27, 2019
Arkansas Council on Human Relations #2
In 1954, AFSC visited the Arkansas Council on Human Relations to talk about school desegregation.
Feb 26, 2019
Tattered quilt tells precious story of WWII injustice, and kindness
(The Gazette)
AFSC visited internment camps and worked for an end to internment.
Feb 25, 2019
HB 2190 will help ease overcrowded jails
(Associated Press)
Bail reform legislation in West Virginia is a step in the right direction.
Feb 24, 2019
Levittown, PA and The “Northern Promised Land That Wasn't”
(History News Network)
A history of racism in a Pennsylvania town.
Feb 22, 2019
Exige respuestas sobre brote de Varicela en ICE en Aurora
(La Prensa)
Problems plague a private detention center in Colorado.
Feb 22, 2019
El drama de los niños inmigrantes detenidos en Homestead. Comité los visita y se prepara para reunión que buscar solucionar el problema
Children are being detained at a detention center in Homestead.
Feb 21, 2019
Immigrant Detainees Held in Cells for Days During Lockdown at NJ Jail
Detainees at Essex County Correctional Facility were held in their cells for days as helmet-clad officers swept the facility for contraband.
Feb 21, 2019
Chocan posturas, evidenciando división entre manifestantes, mientras el Presidente, en campaña, reitera llamado al Congreso
(El Latino San Diego)
In San Diego, protesters speak out against President Trump's declaration of a state of emergency.
Feb 21, 2019
Forsyth County Sheriff joins sheriffs in other counties to limit ICE access to detainees
(The Chronical)
A North Carolina Sheriff announced his intention to withdraw from the agreement with the U.S. Marshals Service which allows ICE open access to the jail.
Feb 21, 2019
The Impact of Isolation
Solitary confinement is a form of torture.
Feb 20, 2019
Legisladores visitan albergue de niños migrantes en Homestead, planean cerrarlo
(El Nuevo Herald)
Five federal legislators visited the shelter for migrant children in Florida, and then met with activists to discuss how they plan to close it.
Feb 19, 2019
Top North Korean official says his country faces major food shortages, blaming weather and sanctions
(NBC News)
Sanctions are inhibiting AFSC's operations in North Korea.
Feb 19, 2019
‘It has a prison-like feel’: Lawmakers tour Homestead shelter in hopes of shutting it
(Miami Herald)
Members of Congress tour a detention facility for children and raise major concerns about its existence.
Feb 19, 2019
Trump’s national emergency declaration triggers protests nationwide
In New Jersey, people speak out against the declaration of a national emergency.
Feb 18, 2019
Detroit Moves to Make Second Chance Easier for Felons, UM Goes in Opposite Direction
Commentators speak to the need to ban the box on applications that asks about someone's past convictions.
Feb 18, 2019
Activists Call Out ‘Fake Emergency’ At San Diego Rally
San Diego activist groups met at the San Diego County Administration Center to protest President Trump's national emergency declaration.
Feb 17, 2019
Families push for prison reform bill in Arizona
(KOLD 13 News)
A Tucson organization is calling for prison reform and many families are supporting the cause.



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