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The American Friends Service Committee is a Quaker organization that promotes lasting peace with justice, as a practical expression of faith in action. Drawing on continuing spiritual insights and working with people of many backgrounds, we nurture the seeds of change and respect for human life that transform social systems.

AFSC in the news

Feb 27, 2016
Nonviolent Peaceforce seeks to transform world's response to conflict
(Midland Daily News)
AFSC nominates the organization Nonviolent Peaceforce for a Nobel Peace Prize.
Feb 26, 2016
ASUC recommends banning of Urban Shield trainings from UCPD at meeting
(The Daily Californian)
In response to pressure from peace activists, the Associated Students of University of California passes a resolution recommending banning Urban Shield trainings for campus police.
Feb 25, 2016
Concerns don't require constitutional convention
(The Herald-Dispatch)
AFSC's Rick Wilson cautions against the WV Senate's decision become the sixth state calling for a constitutional convention.
Feb 25, 2016
Do black lives matter in Northampton? Activists, academics, DA David Sullivan discuss racism and role of police
A forum in Western Massachusetts examines white supremacy and police violence.
Feb 25, 2016
Immigration activist one step closer to victory
(Colorado Independent)
After seven years fighting deportation, Activist and mother Jeannette Vizguerra is granted a 12-month stay of removal.
Feb 24, 2016
‘Is racism still alive in Northampton?’: Panelists talk Black Lives Matter, police at WHMP forum
(Daily Hampshire Gazette)
Following a debate over a "Black Lives Matter" sign at City Hall, Northampton residents gather to talk about racism in their community.
Feb 23, 2016
DPRK Promises Preemptive Strike If South Korea, US Hold Massive War Games
(Sputnik News)
As the U.S. and South Korea prepare for joint military exercises and North Korea responds, AFSC's Daniel Jasper provides some historical context.
Feb 22, 2016
These Prisoners Spent The Longest Time In Solitary Confinement In American History
In the U.S., thousands of people are held in solitary confinement, sometimes for decades.
Feb 22, 2016
Arizona tops in guaranteeing inmates
(Casa Grande Dispatch)
Arizona leads all other states in deals crafted for the private prison industry by guaranteeing 90 to 100 percent of prison beds will be filled in all six state-level private prison facilities.
Feb 20, 2016
Bonnie Raitt digs in deep, in music and conversation
(San Diego Union-Tribune)
10-time Grammy Award winner discusses her activist roots.
Feb 20, 2016
Freed! Angola 3’s Albert Woodfox Released After Being Imprisoned For Almost 44 Years
The longest-serving prisoner to be held in solitary confinement is released from a New Orleans prison.
Feb 17, 2016
2016 Day of Remembrance Acknowledges AFSC
(The Rafu Shimpo)
AFSC receives special acknowledgements for its support of the Japanese American community during World War II at the 2016 Los Angeles Day of Remembrance program.
Feb 17, 2016
Nonviolent Peaceforce wins Nobel nomination for its nonpartisan aid in war
(Pioneer Press)
AFSC nominates Nonviolent Peaceforce--an organization that works for peace across the world--for the Nobel Peace Prize.
Feb 17, 2016
Many Ex-Felons Don’t Know They Can Get Their Right to Vote Restored
(Juvenile Justice Information Exchange)
Millions of people in the U.S. are barred from voting because they have felony convictions. For some there are avenues to regain voting rights, but no access to the information.
Feb 16, 2016
Banner Bearing Arabic Message of Love Reported to Homeland Security and FBI
A banner reading “Love is for all” in Arabic touched off a security crackdown in Lubbock, Texas, where city officials shut down traffic and called for an investigation by Homeland Security, the FBI and police.
Feb 14, 2016
URI-Africa & AFCS signed cooperation agreement to work in partnership to promote a culture of peace, shared security and inter-religious harmony in Africa
(Awake Africa)
In Nairobi, AFSC partners with the United Religions Initiative-Africa to work on building peace across the continent.
Feb 12, 2016
Movement calls for end to "slavery" in Colorado
(Denver Post)
Advocacy groups in Colorado works to remove language in the Colorado constitution that prohibits slavery, "except as a punishment for crime."
Feb 12, 2016
Careful, tougher work rules for food benefit could cost WV and people
(Charleston Gazette-Mail)
AFSC's Rick Wilson cautions against stricter requirements for people receiving food assistance.
Feb 11, 2016
Not Lovin’ the Border Patrol at Lincoln High School
(San Diego Free Press)
At San Diego's Lincoln High School, Border Patrol agents are asked not to attend job fair.
Feb 11, 2016
Want to Get Tough with the Candidates? Get a Quaker
AFSC trains the people of New Hampshire and Iowa to ask presidential candidates tough questions.
Feb 10, 2016
Border Patrol's appearance at Lincoln High School career fair canceled 2 days before event
(ABC 10)
Border Patrol agents were asked not to come to a high school career fair because of concerns that their presence would make some students feel unsafe.
Feb 9, 2016
These Quakers Are Asking Tougher Questions Than Many in the Press
(The Intercept)
AFSC's Governing Under the Influence project trains hundreds of volunteers to ask presidential candidates the questions that matter.
Feb 9, 2016
No More Mr. Nice Guy
(The Week)
When the media doesn't ask presidential candidates the hard questions, Quakers step in to challenge presidential candidates on money in politics.
Feb 9, 2016
City Council Increases Campaign Contribution Limit
(Cleveland Scene)
Cleveland City Council approved an increase on the maximum amount of political campaign contributions despite concerns from community groups.
Feb 8, 2016
Private Prisons Fight Back
As the country moves toward criminal justice reform, private prison corporations expand into electronic monitoring, private halfway houses and rehabilitation services, and expanded immigrant detention.



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