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AFSC in the news

Aug 27, 2015
Racial Justice Workshop to Take Place in Charleston Over Weekend
(WV Public Radio)
AFSC hosts the West Virginia Freedom School, a three-day racial justice workshop that runs from Friday to Sunday in Charleston.
Aug 26, 2015
Kingman prison contract canceled in wake of unrest; new operator sought
(Daily Miner)
After an AFSC report revealed extensive problems leading up to the Kingman prison riot, the state canceled its contract with the private prison company in charge of managing the facility.
Aug 26, 2015
N.J. Supreme Court rules in favor of abused immigrant children fighting deportation
In a victory for immigrant rights advocates, the New Jersey Supreme Court overturns a ruling making it more difficult for children fleeing abuse to gain legal residency.
Aug 26, 2015
Report: Police Beat the Hell Out of Private Prison Inmates After Riot
A new report from AFSC on the Kingman prison riot, the law enforcement response, and the aftermath, raises doubts about Arizona’s private prison operators’ ability to run facilities that are safe and humane.
Aug 25, 2015
Founding of a New Progressive Jewish Congregation – Tzedek Chicago
(Chicago Monitor)
AFSC's Midwest Regional Director Brant Rosen speaks with the Chicago Monitor about opening a non-Zionist, anti-racist congregation.
Aug 24, 2015
No word from ICE: Undocumented immigrant Jeanette Vizguerra’s caught in limbo
(Colorado Independent )
Activist in Denver continue to call on Immigration and Customs Enforcement to exercise discretion in deportation cases and keep families together.
Aug 23, 2015
A forum to unite, not radicalize immigration debate
(Des Moines Register)
Unite Iowa hosts a forum designed to bring people across the political spectrum together to discuss immigration issues. Presidential candidates and community members will share the stage, including AFSC's Sandra Sanchez.
Aug 21, 2015
An activist picks an issue, not a candidate
(Boston Globe)
AFSC's Arnie Alpert appears in the Boston Globe as part of their "Primary Memories" series in the lead up to the 2016 presidential primaries.
Aug 21, 2015
Does W.Va. Need More Immigrants?
(West Virginia Public Radio)
AFSC's Rick Wilson discusses how more immigration could help, not hurt, West Virginia's economy.
Aug 20, 2015
Calling for 12 month extension for Vizguerra
(El Semanario)
Families, faith leaders, and advocates gather in support of Jeanette Vizguerra, an immigrant rights activist and mother fighting deportation in Colorado.
Aug 18, 2015
Campaign warns migrants against illegal crossings
(San Diego Union-Tribune)
U.S. Customs and Border Patrol is trying to dissuade people from crossing the border. AFSC's Pedro Rios says more needs to be done for people to have security in their home countries.
Aug 18, 2015
On evil, Iran and the coming vote
(Charleston Gazette-Mail)
In this op ed, AFSC's Rick Wilson talks about violence, conflict, and the importance of the Iran deal.
Aug 18, 2015
What I Learned From Nine Months in Sanctuary
Arturo Hernandez Garcia reflects on what he learned during his nine months in sanctuary at the Unitarian Church in Denver.
Aug 18, 2015
Thousands of immigrants apply for licenses
(San Diego Union-Tribune)
After years of advocacy, a new law allows undocumented immigrants to obtain drivers licenses.
Aug 15, 2015
Meet the DREAMers confronting presidential candidates
(Des Moines Register)
AFSC's hector Salamanca and other activists with DREAM Iowa are "bird-dogging" presidential candidates to demand answers on immigration policy.
Aug 15, 2015
Back to School
(South Seattle Emerald)
A reporter from the South Seattle Emerald takes a radical history tour of Seattle with AFSC's Tyree Scott Freedom School.
Aug 14, 2015
2 Investigates: Inmate's death at Santa Rita jail raises questions about private medical company
(Fox 2 KTVU)
Medical neglect from Corizon--a private company that manages prison healthcare--raises questions about privatization of prison services.
Aug 13, 2015
Piden fin en detención de indocumentados
Organizaciones y activistas a favor de los inmigrantes se manifestaron frente al centro de detención de inmigrantes de Elizabeth, NJ. Buscan que se pongan fin a las cuotas en la detención de indocumentados.
Aug 13, 2015
Protesters Rally Against Immigration Detention Quotas
Activists rally in front of an ICE detention facility in Elizabeth, NJ to demand an end to policies that mandate immigrant detention facilities stay full.
Aug 13, 2015
NJ Immigration Detention
Protests ensue outside an immigrant detention facility after advocates release a report showing that half of immigrant detention centers run by the federal government are required to fill a certain number of beds.
Aug 13, 2015
Solitary confinement in New Jersey's prisons: cruel and unusual punishment
(NJ Spotlight)
A New Jersey Senator introduces legislation to limit long-term solitary confinement. Advocates testify to the practice's harmful impacts.
Aug 11, 2015
Inmates rioted over mistreatment - so should taxpayers
(Arizona Republic)
Arizona's private prisons are bad for people confined in them, and a bad deal for Arizona taxpayers.
Aug 10, 2015
Ferguson Progress: From Anger to Action
(KMZU 100.7)
On the one-year anniversary of Mike Brown's death, AFSC's Joshua Saleem talks to KMZU about how young people are taking action against systemic injustice.
Aug 10, 2015
At Beacon Hill Freedom School, Student Build to Take Apart
(South Seattle Emerald)
In Seattle, AFSC's Freedom School helps youth gain tools to challenge institutional racism.
Aug 10, 2015
A Year After Mike Brown’s Death, Ferguson Activists Fear Little Has Changed
(MintPress News)
Activists say a lot of work remains to be done in Ferguson, despite national attention, a black police chief and the election of three new black City Council members.



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