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AFSC in the news

Jul 27, 2018
If Congress cares about ending family separation, why do they keep paying for it?
(The Hill)
Congress is advancing a bill that would increase funding for ICE and CBP, even as these agencies continue to commit atrocities.
Jul 26, 2018
Israel Intensifies Collective Punishment of Resistance in Gaza
Last week there was a major escalation of violence in Gaza.
Jul 22, 2018
Controversy over immigration vote
(Hudson Reporter)
Hudson County, NJ renews a $10 million contract with ICE to hold people in immigration detention.
Jul 20, 2018
Why ICE agency should be abolished
(San Diego Union Tribune)
Immigration and Customs Enforcement tears apart families and terrorizes communities.
Jul 20, 2018
Local Police Shouldn’t Collaborate With ICE
Until the federal government stops its relentless persecution of immigrants, it's up to us to provide refuge in whatever ways we can.
Jul 19, 2018
Short Cuts
(London Review of Books)
The Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement is facing repression in both the U.S. and Israel.
Jul 19, 2018
Community discusses criminal justice reform
(Charleston Gazette-Mail)
Community members gathered in Charleston to discuss how the American criminal justice system has affected marginalized communities and how to improve the system going forward.
Jul 16, 2018
There's just no stopping 68-year-old on cross-Canada cycling trek
(Winnipeg Sun)
A 68 year old cyclist is biking across Canada to raise money for AFSC.
Jul 14, 2018
'Hold These Truths' Remembers One Man's Refusal to Cede His Civil Rights During WWII
A new play documents the life of Gordon Hirabayashi, who was imprisoned for defying the federal government’s internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II.
Jul 13, 2018
Renewal of contract to house immigration detainees in N.J. county slammed
Immigrant rights advocates are slamming the renewal of a controversial contract to continue housing immigration detainees at a county jail.
Jul 13, 2018
‘As Long As Solitary Exists, They Will Find a Way to Use It’
(The Nation)
Five years after massive hunger strikes, solitary confinement is still being used in California.
Jul 13, 2018
Hudson County to continue housing immigrant detainees at jail
Hudson County, NJ approved a new contract with ICE to house immigrant detainees at the county jail in Kearny.
Jul 12, 2018
NJ Budget Includes $2.1 Million To Help Immigrants
New Jersey’s recently enacted state budget includes $2.1 million to pay for legal assistance for immigrants facing deportation.
Jul 12, 2018
The History of NATO and Reagan Stopping Asylum Seekers in the 80’s
AFSC's Carly Goodman discusses the history of asylum in the United States.
Jul 12, 2018
Hudson County's new deal with ICE could mean millions in new revenue
Hudson County could receive millions of dollars for housing federal immigration detainees at its jail.
Jul 12, 2018
New Jersey Sets Aside More Than $2 Million To Help Immigrants Facing Deportation In State
(CBS Philly)
New Jersey has set aside more than $2 million to help immigrants facing deportation in the state.
Jul 12, 2018
This N.J. county just approved a new contract with ICE
Hudson County approves a new contract to detain immigrants in the face of mass community opposition.
Jul 11, 2018
Organization screens free film, 'Healing Justice'
(Charleston Gazette-Mail)
"Healing Justice" explores the causes and consequences of the current American justice system and its effect on marginalized communities.
Jul 11, 2018
Eleven Months Into Sanctuary, Araceli Velasquez Speaks Out Against Immigration Policy
From sanctuary, Araceli Velasquez speaks out in favor aof a People's Resolution, which calls for a path to legal status for women in sanctuary and countless others.
Jul 11, 2018
New Jersey sets aside $2.1 million to help immigrants
(Associated Press)
New Jersey set aside $2.1 million to help immigrants facing deportation in the state, money that advocates say will go a long way in helping but still falls short of the estimated cost of legal representation.
Jul 7, 2018
Staring down Big Brother: Citizen group asks public to help map cameras
(The Lens)
In New Orleans, AFSC's Peace by Piece program launched Stop Watching NOLA to address the overuse of surveillance cameras. 
Jul 6, 2018
What’s driving the movement to Abolish ICE?
A growing movement is calling for an end to Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Jul 5, 2018
Trump administration extends special immigration status for Yemen citizens in US
(The Hill)
Temporary Protected Status was extended for Yemenis who are currently covered, but additional people are not able to apply.
Jul 4, 2018
Border Fencing That Honored The Dead Is Torn Down
Construction crews are tearing down a stretch of border fencing between San Diego and Tijuana that had become a symbol of the infrastructure's deadliness.
Jul 2, 2018
Like Donald Trump, Ronald Reagan tried to keep out asylum seekers. Activists thwarted him.
(Washington Post)
Strong social movements can stand up to presidents who threaten the asylum system.



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