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AFSC in the news

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.
Aug 7, 2015
Ferguson One Year Later: Turning Anger to Action
(Public News Service)
The cameras have stopped rolling and the national news crews have gone home, but in the year since the shooting death of Michael Brown, grassroots programs have been driving change in Ferguson.
Aug 6, 2015
An activist continues to spread a message calling for no nuclear weapons
(Concord Monitor)
On the 70th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima, the Concord Monitor profiles AFSC's Arnie Alpert and his decades of activism to abolish nuclear weapons.
Aug 5, 2015
N4T Investigators: Arizona town profiting off prison for Central American migrants even as federal case looms
(KVOA News 4)
Eloy, Arizona makes thousands of dollars off federal contracts designed to funnel money to private prison companies.
Aug 5, 2015
Bell will ring for a world without nuclear weapons
(Des Moines Register)
Every year on the anniversary of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Iowans gather to ring the Japanese bell on the grounds of the State Capitol.
Aug 5, 2015
How Ferguson changed once the media went home
(Think Progress)
One year after Michael Brown's death, the people of Ferguson and St. Louis continue to seek justice and build community.
Aug 4, 2015
Congressional crossroads on atrocities prevention
(The Hill)
A federal inter-agency committee tasked with preventing international atrocities experiences some success, but more stability and resources are needed.
Aug 1, 2015
Bird-dog training helps voters ask strong questions that require thoughtful answers
(Concord Monitor)
AFSC organizes "bird dog" trainings to help residents of Iowa and New Hampshire pose tough questions to the 2016 presidential candidates.
Aug 1, 2015
Khalid’s eyes: On growing up in Iraq
(Friends Journal )
Raed Jarrar reflects on growing up in Iraq and the destruction brought about by years of U.S.-led war.
Jul 30, 2015
Our 70th anniversary homework: Confronting the myths and learning the lessons of Hiroshima and Nagasaki
(Common Dreams )
AFSC's Joseph Gerson reflects on the legacy of the atomic bomb and the prospects for a nuclear free future.
Jul 29, 2015
Promise turns to fear for N.J. immigrants after Trump comments, states' suits
Anti-immigrant rhetoric in the 2016 presidential race has immigrant communities and immigrant rights activists worried.
Jul 24, 2015
Kean University Forum on solitary confinement brings together prison reform proponents from throughout New Jersey
After decades of grassroots advocacy effort, a New Jersey Senator introduces legislation to reform the use of solitary confinement.
Jul 24, 2015
Bill Would Withhold Federal Dollars from ‘Sanctuary Cities’
Immigrant rights advocates in Newark respond to the dangers of a new House Bill that would withhold federal law enforcement grants from sanctuary cities.
Jul 23, 2015
Home again
(Boulder Weekly)
A Mexican immigrant who claimed sanctuary reflects on nine months living in a church basement.
Jul 23, 2015
NH’s income inequality fastest-growing in U.S.
(New Hampshire Business Review)
Experts speculate on New Hampshire's growing income gap. AFSC's Arnie Alpert says it's in part due to the state's low minimum wage.
Jul 22, 2015
Partial victory: Undocumented immigrant Arturo Garcia walks free after nine months in sanctuary
(Colorado Independent)
Arturo Hernandez Garcia was finally able to leave the church where he had taken sanctuary. But his immigration status is still up in the air.
Jul 22, 2015
After Nine Months in "Sanctuary," Garcia Going Home
(Public News Service)
Colorado immigrant Arturo Hernandez Garcia was able to leave the "sanctuary" of a Denver Unitarian church on Tuesday after receiving a letter from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement confirming that he was not a priority for deportation.
Jul 21, 2015
Immigrant Claiming Sanctuary Leaves Church After Nine Months
In a victory for immigrant rights advocates, Arturo Hernandez Garcia left the church where he had taken sanctuary for nine months with the assurance from ICE that they will exercise discretion not to deport him.
Jul 21, 2015
Mexican man leaves Denver church sanctuary after nine months
(Denver Post)
After months of advocacy, Arturo Hernandez Garcia was able to leave the Unitarian Church after ICE said he was not a priority for deportation.
Jul 20, 2015
Advocates to Ducey: Scrap bid for more private prisons
(Arizona Republic)
Prison reform advocates on called on Arizona's Governor Doug Ducey to cancel the bidding process for 2,000 additional correctional beds.



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