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Nov 24, 2015
Granite Staters hold vigils to urge lawmakers to support Syrian refugees
Candlelight vigils were held Tuesday night to urge lawmakers to support the resettlement of Syrian refugees in New Hampshire.
Nov 24, 2015
Local groups hold event to welcome Syrian refugees
(Fox 8)
Organizers in North Carolina hold a news conference and Thanksgiving dinner to welcome refugees and speak out against xenophobia.
Nov 24, 2015
Rubio: Keep RFS through 2022
(Des Moines Register)
AFSC's Kevin Rutledge questions Senator Marco Rubio about corporate involvement in immigration policy during a town hall forum in Grinnell.
Nov 23, 2015
Some women in state prison housed in TV rooms, offices
(Michigan Public Radio)
Overcrowding at a Michigan women's prison means people are being housed in inappropriate places.
Nov 23, 2015
Residents rally against Baker's decision to close Mass. to Syrian refugees
(Daily Free Press)
Over a thousand people gather at the Massachusetts State House to protest the governor's decision to bar Syrian refugees from the state.
Nov 22, 2015
State's women inmates housed in offices, TV rooms
(Detroit Free Press)
AFSC's Natalie Holbrook speaks out against overcrowding in a Michigan women's prison.
Nov 20, 2015
How Prison Reform Could Turn the Prison-Industrial Complex Into the Treatment-Industrial Complex
(The Nation)
The private prison industry is exploiting prison reform efforts by shifting from brick-and-mortar carceral facilities to outsourced social services.
Nov 20, 2015
Groups: We'll keep resettling refugees in NJ
(Asbury Park Press)
Organizations working to resettle Syrians in New Jersey defy politicians pushing an anti-refugee agenda and say they will continue accepting families fleeing violence.
Nov 19, 2015
6 People From Pakistan And Afghanistan Detained At U.S.-Mexico Border
U.S. Border Patrol detains six people entering the country from Pakistan and Afghanistan, despite the absence of "derogatory information" on their records.
Nov 19, 2015
Ohio educators, students examine bridging the racial divide
(Morrow County Sentinel)
A year after Tamir Rice was killed by a police officer, Ohio communities come together to discuss racism and healing.
Nov 19, 2015
Faith Leaders Gather to Address Debate Over Refugees
(San Diego 6)
An interfaith group gathers to urge U.S. lawmakers to act with compassion when addressing the Syrian refugees crisis.
Nov 19, 2015
AFSC's Giovanna Negretti on why Boston--and the U.S.--should welcome Syrian refugees
(Boston magazine)
Boston magazine interviews Giovanna Negretti—AFSC’s Middle East regional director and former Boston resident—about why the city should welcome Syrian refugees.
Nov 18, 2015
Haitian Immigrants Celebrate Journey to Active Citizenship
(Public News Service)
AFSC's Project Smart Vote, which aims to help immigrants and refugees with the naturalization process and beyond, celebrates participants who have just passed their citizenship test.
Nov 18, 2015
Pipeline opponents rejoice after AG announcement
(Western Mass News)
Massachusetts Attorney General releases a report on the environmental and economic impacts of a proposed gas pipeline expansion.
Nov 18, 2015
'Wrong Side of History': Outrage as US Congress Moves to Block Syrian Refugees
(Common Dreams)
Lawmakers threaten to block Syrian and Iraqi refugees fleeing violence and war from entering the U.S.
Nov 17, 2015
Despite Atrocities, US Approves $1.29 Billion Deal to Re-Arm Saudi Arabia
(Common Dreams)
The U.S. approved a $1.29 billion arms sale to Saudi Arabia despite advocates' assertion that sending more arms to the Middle East only fuels violence.
Nov 16, 2015
Public hearing Tuesday on plan to add 2,000 private-prison beds
(Arizona Republic)
Critics and supporters of Arizona's expanding private-prison system weigh in on the state's plan to add up to 2,000 medium-security beds.
Nov 14, 2015
Candidates Long To Know What Young Voters Want. Why Not Just Ask?
(National Public Radio)
AFSC's Hector Salamanca Arroyo speaks at a panel in conjunction with the Presidential debate about what young voters want and how they are engaging with the 2016 elections.
Nov 13, 2015
Border Patrol Puts Off Decision On Body Cameras For Agents
The nation’s largest law enforcement agency, under fire from immigration advocates, says it needs more time to determine whether to outfit border agents with body cameras.
Nov 13, 2015
Solitary confinement conference draws emotion
(New Jersey Herald)
AFSC's Prison Watch Program helps organize a conference on the devastating consequences of solitary confinement.
Nov 13, 2015
Can Cities End the School-to-Prison Pipeline? Relentless Organizers Are Tallying Wins
(Yes! Magazine)
Youth organizers in Seattle have worked for years to stop juvenile jail expansion and end juvenile incarceration. Recent victories have moved them closer to their goals.
Nov 12, 2015
Cruz rally touts outsider image
(Union Leader)
AFSC's Governing Under the Influence project greats Ted Cruz and other presidential candidates with giant banners as they arrive at the New Hampshire state house.
Nov 11, 2015
Report Reveals Alleged Abused of Immigrants in Solitary Confinement
A new AFSC report, called "23 Hours in the Box," details the abuses immigrants face in solitary confinement.
Nov 10, 2015
The AFSC Explains Its Views on Palestine
(Wall Street Journal)
AFSC sets the record straight on boycott, divestment and sanctions and our work in Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory.
Nov 4, 2015
Kanawha Community Dicusses Racial Issues
(West Virginia Public Radio)
"Taking Action for Racial Equality" event opens up space for dialog and action.



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