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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.
Jul 20, 2015
Group takes to Capitol to protest spending on extra prison beds
(Arizona Capitol Times)
During a press conference at the Capitol, AFSC's Caroline Isaacs and others urge the governor and lawmakers to cancel plans to expand Arizona's prison system.
Jul 16, 2015
Editor's Note: Dear Private Prison Industry
(Tucson Weekly)
AFSC has been working to stop prison privatization in Arizona for years, reporting on the effects of long-term isolation, inadequate healthcare, and deplorable conditions of confinement.
Jul 15, 2015
Bombers, Blood, and Teddy Bears: Posters from the 2014 War on Gaza
Palestinians who were killed in Israel’s 50-day military operation against Gaza last summer have been immortalized in the posters that have emerged from the conflict.
Jul 15, 2015
Chicago’s Rebel Rabbi Standing with Palestinians: “We Must Stand with the Oppressed and Call Out the Oppressor”
(Centre for Research on Globalization)
Interview with AFSC's Midwest Regional Director Brant Rosen discusses his opposition to the occupation of the Palestinian territory and what solidarity means to him.
Jul 14, 2015
Arizona postpones bidding for more private prisons
(Arizona Republic)
In a victory for anti-privatization advocates, the Arizona Department of Corrections has postponed the bidding process for a new private prison.
Jul 13, 2015
Are working people living too well?
(Charleston Gazette)
AFSC's Rick Wilson talks about the political climate, economic justice and the struggles of working people in West Virginia.
Jul 13, 2015
Department Of Corrections Delays Bids For New Medium-Security Beds
Arizona extends due date for private prison companies to apply to build more beds in the wake of disturbances at the Kingman State Prison.
Jul 12, 2015
Private prisons reflect outdated Arizona corrections policy
(Arizona Daily Sun)
Arizona Daily Sun's Editorial Board questions the state's sentencing and corrections policies, as well as the utility of private prisons.
Jul 11, 2015
California's Invasive 'Contraband Watch' Often Yields Little
(Associated Press)
Prisoners' rights advocates speak out against a controversial method to recover contraband from people in prison.
Jul 9, 2015
10 Years Later, Israel Under Pressure From Successful Boycott Movement
(MintPress News)
On July 9, 2005, over 170 Palestinian organizations united to demand that the world stop supporting Israel, launching the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement. What have they accomplished?
Jul 7, 2015
Ducey Wants Investigation of For-Profit Prison in Kingman
(Arizona NPR)
A string of incidents that escalated to full-scale rioting at a privately run prison complex in Kingman is raising worries over the how the facility is managed.
Jul 7, 2015
Don’t Get Cancer if You’re in Prison
Privatized and under-funded prison health care systems lead to negligent care and preventable deaths for incarcerated people in Arizona and across the country.
Jul 7, 2015
Multiple Investigations Surrounding The State Prison In Kingman
AFSC calls for an independent investigation into privately operated Kingman State Prison after multiple riots.
Jul 6, 2015
For-profit prisons threaten public safety
(Arizona Republic)
This op ed from AFSC's Caroline Isaacs explains why for-profit prisons threaten the safety of prisoners, staff, and the public.
Jul 6, 2015
Arizona taxpayers should 'riot' over private prisons
(Arizona Republic)
Poor management, violations of prisoners' rights, untrained stadd, and poorly constructed facilities all mean private prisons end up costing tax-payers more in the long run
Jul 5, 2015
Ducey calls for investigation of Kingman prison riot
(Arizona Republic)
In the wake of unrest at a for-profit prison outside Kingman, AFSC's Caroline Isaacs and others point to the failures of prison privatization.
Jun 30, 2015
Basu: No hecklers allowed
(Des Moines Register)
Activists raising tough questions for candidates and politicians face removal and sometimes arrest for trying to exercise their right to free speech.
Jun 30, 2015
Report: Murrieta Immigrant Protest Example Of Collusion
A new report shows that border patrol authorities have been colluding with anti-immigration groups in order to "inject negative biases into the broader immigration debate."
Jun 30, 2015
Crowd turns out for racial equality event in Charleston
(Charleston Gazette)
Crowds gather in Charleston to talk about steps to take to promote racial equality.
Jun 30, 2015
How to reduce Michigan's corrections budget in the long term
(Michigan Public Radio)
AFSC's Natalie Holbrook explains why the only logical and moral way to cut corrections spending is by reducing the prison population and closing prisons.
Jun 27, 2015
On prisons, Arizona stays tough
(Arizona Daily Star)
Experts weigh in on the problems with Arizona's "tough on crime" approach and skyrocketing corrections budget.



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