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Feb 15, 2019
Immigration groups blame Trump for manufacturing a border 'crisis'
(Washington Examiner)
Groups say that the president is trying to create the illusion of a border crisis to justify emergency spending on a wall between the United States and Mexico.
Feb 15, 2019
What Happened at the Brooklyn Jail Is Part of a Deeper Human Rights Crisis
(Truthout)
Incarcerated people are subjected to brutal conditions across the country.
Feb 15, 2019
Federal report finds serious safety, security, environmental issues at Essex County jail
(NorthJersey.com)
A new report found egregious safety violations and poor living conditions that put an Essex County jail in serious violation of its contract to house immigration detainees.
Feb 14, 2019
Short documentary about local efforts to reform prison system screens Saturday
(Arizona Daily Star)
AFSC hosts a free screening of its short documentary in Tucson.
Feb 14, 2019
Sentencing-reduction bill moves forward as advocates push for broader reforms
(AZ Mirror)
Criminal justice reform advocates hailed a bill to reduce sentencing requirements drug possession as a step in the right direction while urging the sponsor to expand it to include more people.
Feb 13, 2019
How one lawmaker is stopping bills that could change sentencing, punishment in Arizona
(Arizona Republic)
A push for criminal justice reform meets obstacles in the legislature.
Feb 13, 2019
Immigration activists accuse ICE of retaliating against sheriffs who will no longer allow ICE detainees in their jails
(Winston-Salem Journal )
Immigration advocates across North Carolina criticized ICE, saying that the agency is retaliating against sheriffs who have ended their contracts.
Feb 13, 2019
The Politics of Hummus
(Nuvo)
Indianapolis organizations create alternative interfaith spaces.
Feb 11, 2019
'ICE Watch' brigade challenging federal agents seeking to detain immigrants in the Triad
(Winston-Salem Journal)
Groups monitor ICE activity in North Carolina.
Feb 10, 2019
Israel fights boycott movement as pro-Palestinian campaign gains global support
(NBC News)
The Senate passed a bill that would allow states to punish businesses that take part in Israel boycotts.
Feb 10, 2019
What MLK Actually Thought About Israel and Palestine
(Jacobin)
The legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.'s position on Israel is more complex than it is often portrayed.
Feb 8, 2019
US NGO launches campaign urging family reunions for Korean-Americans
(Korea Herald)
AFSC urges the Trump administration to allow Korean-American families to unite with their relatives in North Korea.
Feb 7, 2019
21 Savage: why was the rapper arrested and what happens next?
(The Guardian)
National outcry follows when rapper 21 Savage is targeted for deportation.
Feb 7, 2019
San Diego's Dreamers refute president's State of the Union
(CBS8)
San Diego residents critique President Trump's call to build a border wall.
Feb 7, 2019
BP chief shows section of San Diego border knocked down
(ABC10)
AFSC's Pedro Rios explains the dangers of the border wall.
Feb 7, 2019
Department of Justice requested to investigate Rockdale jail deaths
(Rockdale Newton Citizen)
More than 20 human and civil rights organizations ask the Department of Justice to investigate the deaths of Tilson and Henry at the Rockdale County Jail.
Feb 6, 2019
Cheers, jeers on border as Trump pushes wall in State of Union
(Reuters)
Along the border, people protest President Trump's anti-immigrant rhetoric during the State of the Union speech.
Feb 6, 2019
Immigrant advocates hurl sandals during President's SOTU
(ABC10)
San Diego-based immigrant advocates expressed their frustration by throwing sandals during a State of The Union Watch party.
Feb 6, 2019
San Diego's Dreamers refute president's State of the Union
(CBS8)
Activists in San Diego express their displeasure with President Trump's State of the Union message.
Feb 6, 2019
Sheriff Kimbrough says he will end policy of ICE detaining undocumented immigrants at the Forsyth County Jail
(Greensboro News and Record)
An NC Sheriff said he will end the sheriff’s office contract with Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Feb 5, 2019
There are few consequences for sex assault, safety violations at ICE detention centers, report says
(ABC 15)
A new report says U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement isn’t holding contractors accountable for detainee safety.
Feb 5, 2019
Will Stringer scandal hurt efforts to reform Arizona's criminal-justice system?
(Arizona Republic)
Advocates for criminal justice reform say they worry scandals surrounding the state representative could hinder efforts to overhaul sentencing laws.
Feb 4, 2019
Report: Few consequences for sexual assault and safety violations at ICE detention centers
(ABC 7)
A new report says ICE isn’t holding contractors accountable for detainee safety and instead is giving them waivers when they are not meeting standards.
Feb 4, 2019
Israel is Becoming a Wedge Issue For Democrats
(Vice News)
A growing number of lawmakers are questioning human rights violations by the Israeli government.
Feb 1, 2019
Why I Got Arrested at the Border
(Friends Journal )
more than 30 faith leaders were arrested at the U.S.-Mexico border in December. AFSC's Lucy Duncan explains why.

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