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AFSC in the news

Mar 27, 2020
Immigrants released from the Aurora prison after COVID case confirmed
Advocates and lawmakers are pressuring ICE to release more.
Mar 27, 2020
Immigrant advocates to Supreme Court: DACA recipients vital to health care in virus crisis
(San Francisco Chronicle)
As the fate of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals awaits a Supreme Court verdict, immigrant advocates are imploring the court to consider the potential impact on a nation facing a health crisis.
Mar 26, 2020
Q&A with American Friends Service Committee-NH co-director Arnie Alpert
(NH Business Review)
Over the past 39 years, AFSC's Arnie Alpert has been at the center of the movement for social justice, peace and nonviolent action for change in New Hampshire.
Mar 26, 2020
Organizações e ativistas pedem suspensão de prisões do ICE em NJ
(Brazilian Times)
More than 40 immigrant rights organizations and activists, religious and community leaders sent a letter to the Newark ICE office asking for emergency measures to be taken to protect people held in detention centers.
Mar 26, 2020
ICE’s deadly indifference puts us all in danger
Our government is crowding hundreds of immigrants arrested in President Trump’s indiscriminate sweeps into big rooms in New Jersey’s jails.
Mar 23, 2020
Prisons And Jails Change Policies To Address Coronavirus Threat Behind Bars
As the Coronavirus spreads across the nation, it has exposed potentially dire health care conditions in some prisons and jails.
Mar 23, 2020
Concern grows about coronavirus outbreak in Michigan jails, prisons
(Detroit News)
Organizations have urged the Michigan Department of Corrections and the state’s 83 county sheriffs to adopting proactive plans to prevent and manage the spread of COVID-19.
Mar 23, 2020
New Jersey to release 1,000 from COVID-19 confinement
(NJ Today)
A coalition of over 30 organizations called on Governor Phil Murphy to exercise his emergency power to immediately release all people held pursuant to contracts with ICE in the county jails as well as all those held at the Elizabeth Detention Center.
Mar 22, 2020
Israel’s caging of Gaza is a recipe for coronavirus disaster
The pandemic's arrival threatens to make Gaza even more unlivable under Israeli siege. Humanitarian aid is not enough — Palestinians need freedom.
Mar 20, 2020
Human rights org calls on Israel to release all Palestinian child detainees in response to COVID-19 crisis
Advocates are calling on the Israeli government to release all Palestinian child detainees amid the COVID-19 crisis.
Mar 20, 2020
Prisons And Jails Change Policies To Address Coronavirus Threat Behind Bars
(San Francisco Bay View)
Over 50 service, legal and community organizations have signed a letter to San Francisco’s elected officials demanding that the city release prisoners to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 inside of jails.
Mar 20, 2020
Trump's deadly sanctions power should be reined in
(Al Jazeera)
U.S. presidents should not have the power to unilaterally wage economic warfare against civilian populations.
Mar 20, 2020
Arizona prison insiders fear COVID-19 outbreak
(ABC 15)
People in prison, families, and staff from across the Arizona state prison system continue to express concern about the corrections department’s ability to handle a coronavirus outbreak.
Mar 20, 2020
Incarcerated individuals face extra risks during COVID-19 pandemic
(Michigan Daily)
People in prison often are not able to follow CDC recommended social distancing.
Mar 19, 2020
Pauline Muchina discusses the impact of the coronavirus on Africa
AFSC's Pauline Muchina explains how COVID-19 is impacting countries in Africa.
Mar 18, 2020
Arizona Corrections Changes Healthcare Policies Under Pressure from COVID-19
(Tucson Weekly)
Arizona prisons announce they will waive medical copays for people in prison exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms.
Mar 18, 2020
Art Review: 'Art and Social Justice,' T.W. Wood Gallery
(Seven Days)
Banners from former AFSC staffer from the 80s and 90s are on display as part of a Vermont exhibit.
Mar 17, 2020
Coronavirus is changing life for Michigan prisoners, too. Here's how.
(Detroit Free Press)
Less substance abuse programming may lead to parole delays.
Mar 16, 2020
Michigan lawmakers: Don't shackle pregnant prisoners and snap away their newborns
(Detroit Free Press)
Pregnant women should not be shackled or have their children taken from them almost immediately after they are born.
Mar 16, 2020
Emergency motion demands AZ prison plan for COVID-19 response
(ABC 15)
Attorneys for Arizona prisoners have filed an emergency motion in federal court asking a judge to order the Department of Corrections to develop and implement a plan to prevent and management a coronavirus outbreak.
Mar 16, 2020
Only Eight People Voted from Arizona's Jails in 2018
(The Intercept)
Even when people have not lost their right to vote, they are often blocked from accessing the ballot.
Mar 15, 2020
Open Letter to Cook County on COVID-19, Cook County jail decarceration
(Windy City Times)
Organizations sign on to an open letter calling for coronavirus protections for people held in Chicago jails.
Mar 15, 2020
A NJ Detention Center Staffer Has Self-Quarantined Due to Potential COVID-19 Exposure
A staff member at the Elizabeth Detention Center, a privately run immigrant detention facility in New Jersey, has self-quarantined and was tested for the COVID-19 virus.
Mar 14, 2020
Attorneys, Inmates, Correctional Officers Say Arizona Prisons Not Ready For The Coronavirus
Attorneys representing the people incarcerated in state prisons say the Arizona Department of Corrections and its private health care provider, Centurion, are not adequately prepared for a possible coronavirus outbreak.
Mar 14, 2020
How can you help Wisconsin neighbors during the coronavirus pandemic? Here are 5 ways.
(Milwaukee Journal Sentinel )
Interrupting racist harassment is one way to help during the COVID-19 pandemic.



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