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AFSC in the news

Dec 11, 2015
Donald Trump carries on with event in Portsmouth as protesters gather outside
(Concord Monitor)
More than a hundred protesters rally outside a Donald Trump event demand an end to anti-Muslim and anti-refugee rhetoric and action from political leaders.
Dec 11, 2015
San Diegans Say No To Hate, Refugees Welcome
(San Diego Free Press)
Hundreds gather in San Diego to mark International Human Rights Day and to make their voices heard on the subject of refugees and support for the local Muslim community.
Dec 11, 2015
8 Questions About Right to Work, Answered
(West Virginia Public Radio)
As the West Virginia legislature moves toward passing a right-to-work law, AFSC's Rick Wilson weighs in on how it would impact the people and the economy.
Dec 11, 2015
Not One More
(Boulder Weekly)
Activists rally outside a privately run detention center in Colorado to show their support for detainees on hunger strike inside.
Dec 10, 2015
Coming Together to Fight Discrimination of Refugees and Muslim Community
(San Diego 6)
Crowds pack the front of the San Diego County Administration building for a vigil to show support for refugees and the Muslim community.
Dec 10, 2015
Trump Rolls In To New Hampshire With Fresh Controversy In His Wake
(New Hampshire Public Radio)
As Trump heads towards a campaign stop in Portsmouth, AFSC and other local organizations plan a protest urging the welcoming of refugees.
Dec 10, 2015
At Providence vigil, unified call to end gun violence
(Providence Journal)
AFSC and Jewish Voices for Peace hold a vigil to counter anti-Muslim rhetoric and express their support for refugees.
Dec 10, 2015
RI groups hold vigil in honor of Muslim refugees, immigrants
Rhode Island residents hold a vigil to speak out against Islamophobia and show support for refugees and immigrants.
Dec 9, 2015
ICE detainees continue hunger strike in Aurora
(Aurora Sentinel)
Supporters rally outside an Aurora detention center where 17 people are on hunger strike protesting harsh conditions and pending deportation.
Dec 9, 2015
Group Plans Protest Outside of Donald Trump Event in Portsmouth, New Hampshire
(New England Cable News)
In response to Islamophobic rhetoric in the presidential race, AFSC and Occupy Seacoast rally outside an event for presidential candidate Donald Trump.
Dec 8, 2015
Communties To Refugees: You Are Welcome Here
(Northeast Public Radio)
As the debate over Syrian refugees continues, AFSC's Jeff Napolitano urges people to volunteer to offer direct support to refugees by offering up their homes.
Dec 8, 2015
The Measure of Our Humanity: Nobel Peace Laureates Promote Solutions to Refugee Crisis, Terrorism, Climate Change and Nuclear Annihilation
(Huffington Post)
At the 15th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates in Barcelona, Nobel Laureates put forward a declaration on the multiple crises facing the international community today.
Dec 8, 2015
For-profit prison expert challenges Iowans to advocate for change
(Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier)
AFSC's Caroline Isaacs embarks on a speaking tour through Iowa with a strong warning about the dangers of the private prison industry.
Dec 8, 2015
Philly Religious Leaders Condemn Donald Trump’s Anti-Muslim Rhetoric
(Philadelphia Magazine)
Leaders across Philadelphia’s faith spectrum are highly critical of the candidate’s call for a ban on Muslim immigration.
Dec 6, 2015
War and Fortress America: Dangerous Answers
(Common Dreams)
AFSC's Paul Shannon and Joseph Gerson urge alternatives to militarism as a response to violence in Iraq, Syria, and across the world.
Dec 5, 2015
Concord rally gives voice to refugees
(Union Leader)
About 100 people gathered outside the State House during a rally in support of Syrian refugees and in opposition to efforts to keep them from seeking asylum in the United States.
Dec 3, 2015
What is “the War on Terror” and How to Fight It
Opinion piece looks at the underlying causes of the "War on Terror," including U.S. economic and military interests.
Dec 2, 2015
Northampton City Council to consider resolution welcoming Syrian refugees
Advocates urge City Council to embrace refugees, and Northampton residents volunteer their homes and assistance.
Dec 2, 2015
Chicago Mayor Emanuel Sacks Police Superintendent McCarthy
(Real News Network )
As Police Superintendent steps down over the handling of the killing of Laquan McDonald in Chicago, Kamau Franklin provides analysis of the bigger picture.
Dec 2, 2015
Building Bridges in Israel/Palestine
After returning from a delegation to Israel-Palestine, AFSC's Erin Polley makes connections between peace and justice issues in the Middle East and at home.
Dec 1, 2015
Christie would deny Syrian refugees government aid
Continued anti-refugee comments from New Jersey Governor Chris Christie have immigrant rights advocates worried.
Dec 1, 2015
Mission Creeps on as US Announces More Boots on the Ground
(Common Dreams)
Defense Secretary Ashton Carter announces the United States is deploying additional special operations forces in Iraq and Syria.
Dec 1, 2015
Tell the candidates to end 'Governing Under the Influence'
(Laconia Citizen)
AFSC's Olivia Zink writes a guest column about the Governing Under the Influence project and talking to presidential candidates about corporations profiting from militarism and incarceration.
Nov 30, 2015
Mass Incarceration and #BlackLivesMatter
(Friends Journal)
Quakers gather outside Philadelphia to strategize on addressing the root causes of mass incarceration and police brutality.
Nov 27, 2015
My Turn: Follow the money and you find nukes
(Concord Monitor)
AFSC's Arnie Alpert explains how weapons contractors profit from the 2016 National Defense Authorization Act, which budgets for a new generation of nuclear weapons.



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