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May 30, 2019
N.H. Abolishes Death Penalty, As Legislature Overturns Gov.'s Veto
(WBUR)
With a Senate vote, the New Hampshire Legislature has banned capital punishment.
May 30, 2019
Officials and Community Groups Call for Audit of County Sheriff’s Office
(Post News)
The coalition demanding the audit has gained momentum in the wake of reports of 33 in-custody deaths at the Alameda County jail since 2014.
May 30, 2019
Police Unlock AI's Potential to Monitor, Surveil and Solve Crimes
(Wall Street Journal)
Law enforcement agencies like the New Orleans Police Department are adopting artificial-intelligence based systems to analyze surveillance footage.
May 28, 2019
Guards block children from delivering letters of support to migrant kids jailed at prison camp
(Daily Kos)
Children from across the U.S. wrote nearly 3,000 letters of support to children jailed at the prison camp for migrant kids in Homestead, Florida.
May 28, 2019
WV Law Praised for Lifting Ban on SNAP Benefits
(Public News Service)
People with drug felony convictions will again be able to recieve food assistance.
May 27, 2019
Thousands of students wrote letters to migrant kids. Did the government deliver them?
(Miami Herald)
Activists try to deliver hundreds of letters from children to the young people detained in the Homestead detention center.
May 24, 2019
The South LA Community Farm Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
(LA Sentinel)
Los Angeles residents gather at the South LA Community Farm ribbon cutting ceremony.
May 23, 2019
Juana's story: Seeking sanctuary in a US church
(Al Jazeera)
Two filmmakers document a woman's battle to avoid being separated from her family.
May 22, 2019
Scandal-Plagued Arizona Prosecutor Won't Release Records, Lawsuit Alleges
(The Appeal)
A lawsuit is filed against Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery’s office over its alleged lack of transparency.
May 22, 2019
SNAP ban lifted for those with drug convictions
(Associated Press)
Thanks to a bill passed this year by the West Virginia Legislature exempting the state from the federal law, some people with felony convictions can recieve SNAP benefits.
May 20, 2019
Head of Program Profiling Muslims in Chicago Steps Down Amid Pressure
(Truthout)
Chicago’s StopCVE coalition won a major victory when the head of Illinois "Targeted Violence Prevention Program" stepped down.
May 16, 2019
With Shelters at Capacity, New Mexico Governor Pays to Bus Migrants to Colorado
(Governing)
The New Mexico governor's office provided a bus to transport Central American asylum seekers to Denver.
May 15, 2019
Fundraiser concert for immigrant rights to play in Hillsboro
(News Times)
An event in support of AFSC's Project Voice will be held in Oregon.
May 15, 2019
Activists Wonder Where the "Bold, Progressive" Jared Polis Went
(Westword)
A rally at the Colorado state capitol calls out the Governor for not following through on key immigration initiatives.
May 15, 2019
Immigration advocates are weighing whether Denver can support overflow from the southern border
(Denverite)
Denverites proved they’re willing and able to lend a hand this week when 55 people arrived on a bus from New Mexico.
May 15, 2019
Water Democracy
(Dissent Magazine)
Farmers in New Mexico have banded together to protect scarce water resources from developments.
May 14, 2019
New Mexico governor’s office paid $4,000 to bus asylum seekers to Denver-area churches
(Denver Post)
New Mexico helped fund transport for asylum seekers traveling through Denver.
May 14, 2019
Immigrant-Rights Activists Say Jared Polis Has Turned His Back on Them
(Westword)
Colorado activists call out the governor for not following through on his commitments on immigration.
May 13, 2019
Asylum seekers make stop in Denver on journey to relatives’ homes
(Fox 31)
55 immigrants seeking asylum arrived in Denver early Monday morning.
May 13, 2019
55 asylum seekers arrive by bus in Denver, mayor voices support
(9 News)
The city released a statement supporting the various organizations that are working to help those fleeing violence in their home countries.
May 13, 2019
55 Central American refugees seeking asylum bused to Denver Sunday night
(Denver Post)
Denver-area churches opened their doors to accept 55 refugees seeking asylum.
May 13, 2019
Authorities move 55 migrants to Denver from crowded border shelters
(Fox 31)
AFSC helps coordinate temporary housing for people seeking asylum.
May 13, 2019
Protesters demand closure of largest detention centre for migrants in Florida
(WION)
Some 300 activists gathered outside the Homestead Detention Center on Mother's Day to demand its closure.
May 13, 2019
Planes, buses move migrants from crowded border shelters as far north as Colorado
(ABC 7)
Migrants have been bused to Colorado to alleviate the strain on overwhelmed shelters along the border.
May 9, 2019
Locks at Arizona's prisons have had problems for decades — who's to blame?
(AZ Central)
For more than three decades, corrections officers have complained of flawed locks at prisons throughout the state.

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