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Aug 9, 2019
Embattled Arizona corrections chief Charles Ryan retires
(Associated Press)
After months of public pressure, the head of the Arizona Department of Corrections announces his retirement.
Aug 9, 2019
Arizona Department Of Corrections Director Charles Ryan Announces Retirement
Arizona Department of Corrections Director Charles Ryan announces retirement.
Aug 9, 2019
Arizona Department of Corrections Director Charles Ryan announces retirement
(KOLD 13)
Just weeks after dozens called for the resignation of Arizona Department of Corrections Director Charles Ryan during a heated town hall in Phoenix, he announced he is retirement.
Aug 9, 2019
San Diego Latinos share powerful reflections on life after El Paso Walmart shooting
(San Diego Union Tribune)
Members of San Diego's Latino community share their thoughts on the impact of the El Paso shooting.
Aug 8, 2019
Immigration forum: ‘They only mess with brown people’
(Seacoast Online)
A forum in New Hampshire discusses national immigration policies and the ramifications locally.
Aug 8, 2019
Tiroteo en El Paso prende alarmas: Ríos
(El Sol de Tijuana)
The recent shooting in El Paso alarms the Latino community in San Diego.
Aug 7, 2019
Local activists helped get the Homestead Detention Camp for Children shut down
(Miami Herald)
For a year and a half, there were rallies, press conferences, vigils and protests outside the facility.
Aug 7, 2019
Now is the time to stop building nuclear weapons
(Daily Hampshire Gazette)
Nuclear weapons pose a grave threat to humanity.
Aug 6, 2019
South Church to host forum on immigration Aug. 8
(Seacoast Online)
South Church will host “Whatsoever We Do: The Stark Reality for Refugees, Asylum-seekers and Immigrants in America Today - A Forum of Immigration Witnesses, Experts and Activists.”
Aug 5, 2019
White Supremacy is Coming for All of Us
As we witness and grieve the carnage of two back-to-back mass shootings, we cannot afford to ignore the clear signs that the ascendance of white supremacy in our nation is all too real.
Aug 5, 2019
Activists to Hold First Vigil at GEO Facility Since Controversial July 12 Protest
Turnout is growing for vigils outside the immigrant detention center in Aurora, Co.
Aug 5, 2019
Blackman relaunches effort to release prisoners early
(Arizona Capitol Times)
A 2020 legislative effort to expand early release opportunities for people in prison begins in Arizona.
Aug 5, 2019
Activists hope Homestead migrant detention center remains empty
(7 News Miami)
Human rights activists exhaled a sigh of relief after the migrant children were cleared out of the Homestead facility.
Aug 5, 2019
Vigil at Aurora ICE detention center calls for less funding, more oversight of facilities
(fOX 31)
People attending a vigil outside an ICE detention facility in Aurora asked for lawmakers to reduce funding for private detention centers.
Aug 5, 2019
Democrats push Sununu on raising minimum wage
(Union Leader)
Activists staged a peaceful demonstration outside the New Hampshire Governor's office in support of legislation to raise the minimum wage.
Aug 5, 2019
Sentencing reform committee begins work on new legislation
(AZ Mirror)
A committee aimed at reforming Arizona’s strict criminal sentencing requirements held the inaugural meeting.
Aug 3, 2019
All migrant children moved from Homestead detention center
(Sun Sentinel)
A national campaign successfully shuts down a detention center holding migrant children.
Aug 2, 2019
'He's Gonna Die, and There's Nothing We Can Do'
(Phoenix New Times)
Community members gather at a town hall to voice the abuses their loved ones have suffered in the Arizona prison system.
Aug 2, 2019
Liberal groups, lawmakers call for police blacklist
(Arizona Capitol Times)
More than a dozen organizations are asking a County Attorney to establish an exclusion list of law enforcement officers with a history of dishonesty, bias, or violence.
Aug 1, 2019
Concerns About Arizona Prison System Raised At Emotional Town Hall Event
AFSC hosts a town hall where people could bring their concerns about the prison system to public officials.
Aug 1, 2019
Misericordia History and Government Department recognizes top graduates
(Dallas Post)
As a member of a service-learning class on public history, students collaborated with AFSC to create a digital history exhibit.
Jul 31, 2019
Unlocked and Unsafe: Townhall addresses conditions inside Arizona DOC prisons
(ABC 15)
A crowd of families, formerly incarcerated people, and advocates demand the ouster of state prison director Charles Ryan.
Jul 31, 2019
Reuniting families is a critical step in diplomacy with North Korea
(The Hill)
Reuniting families and repatriating remains is an important tool in building a better relationship between the U.S. and North Korea.
Jul 31, 2019
26 Laureates Confirmed For The 17th World Summit Of The Nobel Peace Laureates In Merida, Yucatan
The State of Yucatan prepares to receive the 26 Laureates confirmed for the 17th edition of the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates.
Jul 30, 2019
The Social Justice Photography of David Bacon: Part Six, Homeless and Hungry in People’s Park
(The Progressive)
For residents of Berkeley, the park represented a transformative moment in 1969.



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