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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.
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
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
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.
Feb 4, 2021
3 Male Guards Charged in Attacks at Notorious Women’s Prison
(New York Times)
The assaults left at least six inmates with injuries. One guard at the New Jersey prison is accused of punching a woman 28 times.
Feb 1, 2021
Stacey Abrams Among Long List of Nominees for Nobel Peace Prize
(NBC Chicago)
AFSC nominated Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. for a Nobel Peace Prize in 1963.
Jan 28, 2021
Coalition Calls For Urgent Action To Slow Spread Of Coronavirus In Iowa Jails And Prisons
(Iowa Public Radio)
A coalition of racial justice organizations and community advocates are calling on Iowa officials to take aggressive and proactive steps to slow the spread of the coronavirus within the state’s jails and prisons.
Jan 26, 2021
NJ launches investigation, 30 officers on leave after abuse allegations at women's prison
Authorities are investigating and dozens of corrections officers have been placed on leave after an alleged assault on inmates this month at New Jersey's women's prison.
Jan 18, 2021
Poor People's Campaign MLK Day Message to Biden: Act on Bold Agenda to Heal Nation
(Common Dreams)
"In 1967, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King called out the giant triplets of racism, materialism, and militarism. In 2021, his words are no less relevant."
Jan 18, 2021
Inspiration & Reflection on the Legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.
A special call-in show in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day as we talk with Black activists and civil rights historians about recent events and what wisdom and lessons they take from King's life.
Jan 17, 2021
The hardest change to immigration policy post-Trump? Ending the mind-set that immigrants are criminals.
(Philadelphia Inquirer)
As we move into a new administration, advocates look to undo Trump's legacy.
Jan 13, 2021
Groups call on state to prioritize vaccination of people in Michigan prisons
4,055 people incarcerated in the state have COVID-19.
Jan 12, 2021
Chaos at the Capitol: San Diegans on how our country can get past the Jan. 6 attack
(San Diego Union Tribune)
AFSC's Pedro Rios responds to the Jan. 6 attacks on the U.S. Capitol.
Jan 9, 2021
Beacon Awards Shines a Light on Young W. Virginia Leaders
(US News)
Youth program coordinator for the American Friends Service Committee recieves a Young Leader award in West Virginia.
Jan 8, 2021
Old obstacles are gone but new ones may arise for criminal justice reform
(AZ Mirror)
The new legislature brings new opportunities for a criminal justice reform movement that’s stalled out at the Capitol over the past couple years — and perhaps some new obstacles, as well.
Jan 7, 2021
Bergen lawmaker's bill would bar new immigrant detention contracts with ICE
(North Jersey)
A Bergen County lawmaker has introduced legislation to ban the state and counties from contracting with federal officials to hold immigrant detainees, though it would allow controversial deals at the Bergen, Essex and Hudson jails to continue.
Jan 6, 2021
Bipartisan Spending Bill Commits Over $1 Billion To Border Wall Construction
Since the start of the Trump administration, new border wall and border wall replacements have stretched across San Diego County. All the while, local Democratic politicians have criticized the border wall, saying it doesn’t keep people safe, and pushes people determined to cross the border to do so in dangerous and isolated areas
Jan 6, 2021
Our Turn: Economic justice in a time of transition
(Concord Monitor)
Somehow, the New Hampshire Legislature begins the 2021 legislative session on Jan. 6, but not without controversy concerning the convening of the House of Representatives. The governor is sworn in on Jan. 7. And on Jan. 20, our nation will inaugurate a new president.
Jan 6, 2021
West Virginia Jails Are Overcrowded, Making COVID Worse
The state’s regional jails have had more than 800 inmates test positive for COVID-19, due in part to over capacity by 1,300 inmates, making virus control extremely difficult.
Jan 6, 2021
Out of Our Past
(HJ News)
Quick highlights from the journalist history of Franklin County over the past 100 years Taken from the newspaper archives of the Franklin County Citizen and Preston Citizen.
Jan 5, 2021
WV's jails have been more than 1,300 people over capacity since Dec. 1, and more than 800 inmates contracted COVID during that time
(Charleston Gazette-Mail)
Since Dec. 1, there have been COVID-19 outbreaks in five of West Virginia’s regional jails and at least four correctional centers.



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