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AFSC in the news

Nov 13, 2015
Solitary confinement conference draws emotion
(New Jersey Herald)
AFSC's Prison Watch Program helps organize a conference on the devastating consequences of solitary confinement.
Nov 13, 2015
Can Cities End the School-to-Prison Pipeline? Relentless Organizers Are Tallying Wins
(Yes! Magazine)
Youth organizers in Seattle have worked for years to stop juvenile jail expansion and end juvenile incarceration. Recent victories have moved them closer to their goals.
Nov 12, 2015
Cruz rally touts outsider image
(Union Leader)
AFSC's Governing Under the Influence project greats Ted Cruz and other presidential candidates with giant banners as they arrive at the New Hampshire state house.
Nov 11, 2015
Report Reveals Alleged Abused of Immigrants in Solitary Confinement
A new AFSC report, called "23 Hours in the Box," details the abuses immigrants face in solitary confinement.
Nov 10, 2015
The AFSC Explains Its Views on Palestine
(Wall Street Journal)
AFSC sets the record straight on boycott, divestment and sanctions and our work in Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory.
Nov 4, 2015
Kanawha Community Dicusses Racial Issues
(West Virginia Public Radio)
"Taking Action for Racial Equality" event opens up space for dialog and action.
Nov 3, 2015
Students Lead Vigil to Support Detained Immigrants
(Public News Service)
Activists from the University of Denver tried to shift the focus of the debate back to the people experiencing the impact of the nation's immigration policies.
Nov 2, 2015
Collective Victory Declared as Obama Takes Small Step to 'Ban the Box'
(Common Dreams)
Following years of organizing by formerly-incarcerated people and their families, President Barack Obama announced he will instruct some federal employers to delay inquiries into a job applicant's incarceration history to curb discrimination and stigma.
Nov 2, 2015
The Systematic Mistreatment of Palestinian Children
(Chicago Monitor)
In the midst of an upsurge in violence in Israel-Palestine, AFSC and Defense for Children International-Palestine launched the campaign “No Way to Treat a Child” to try and stop the detention of Palestinian children.
Nov 2, 2015
New Tool Exposes Companies Profiting from Mass Incarceration
(Public News Service)
Human rights advocates are deploying a new digital tool to help convince corporations to stop profiting from mass incarceration.
Oct 30, 2015
Budget deal averts manufactured crisis; sidesteps the real one
(The Hill)
In this op ed, AFSC's José Santos Woss explains what's left out of the budget deal, and why we need to shift funding from the Pentagon to human needs.
Oct 30, 2015
8 (Ten) Women Who Make a Difference
AFSC's Lori Fernald Khamala is nominated for Greensboro's Women of the Year for her immigrant rights work, her commitment to social justice, and her ability to bring people together.
Oct 30, 2015
Could the Next Tucson Police Chief Come From Out of State?
(Arizona Public Radio)
Members if the City Police Chief Appointment Advisory Committee recommend an out-of-state candidate known for implementing reforms within police departments.
Oct 29, 2015
North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory signs into law bill targeting 'sanctuary cities'
(Fox News Latino)
AFSC speaks out against new legislation that places additional restrictions on immigrants.
Oct 28, 2015
American Friends Calls for Private Prison Company Divestment
(Juvenile Justice Information Exchange)
As part of a new campaign, AFSC tracks dozens of companies that run private prisons or make money from the prison industry, including private juvenile detention centers.
Oct 28, 2015
Montini: Got a spare room? Open a private prison
(Arizona Republic)
An Arizona Republic columnist reflects on the illogical nature of the state's relationship with private prison companies.
Oct 28, 2015
McCrory signs controversial immigration bill
(Greensboro News and Record)
A controversial bill that prohibits the use of community IDs created for undocumented immigrants is signed into law.
Oct 27, 2015
Private prison company facing sex harassment suit wins state contract
(Arizona Republic)
Arizona awards multi-million dollar contract to run a private prison to GEO Group, which is facing an EEOC sexual harassment suit at another Arizona correctional facility.
Oct 25, 2015
Lawmakers are the real monopolists
A provision on the Ohio ballot threatens to take power away from the people and make it harder for Ohio residents to get important issues on the ballot.
Oct 24, 2015
Why Are Immigrant Mothers Wearing Ankle Monitors?
(Latino USA)
Many undocumented immigrants--including mothers seeking asylum in the United States--are forced to wear ankle monitors. AFSC's Amy Gottlieb explains why this is a problem.
Oct 22, 2015
Campaign seeks funding for immigrants’ licenses
(Durango Herald)
Immigrant-rights groups launch a campaign to preserve access to driver's licenses for undocumented immigrants in Colorado.
Oct 21, 2015
Reflections on Palestine: The Madness of Occupation in Hebron
(San Diego Free Press)
AFSC's Pedro Rios reflects on his recent trip to Hebron and the meaning of life under occupation.
Oct 20, 2015
Committee opens WV tax reform ideas to public comment
(Charleston Gazette-Mail)
AFSC's Rick Wilson urges caution as the state considers cutting corporate taxes during a hearing held by the Select Committee on Tax Reform.
Oct 19, 2015
Louisiana religious leaders urge court to spare life of death-row inmate
(National Catholic Reporter)
Religious leaders across the state file a brief to try and stop the execution of a man on death row.
Oct 19, 2015
Retired Colonel to Address Iowans on Pentagon Influence
(Public News Service)
A former high-ranking military officer travels to Iowa to speak on the excessive political influence of Pentagon contractors on U.S. foreign policy.



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