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AFSC in the news

Jun 27, 2015
Church-based BDS does not unfairly ‘single out’ Israel
Op Ed makes the case for why faith-based activists engage in Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions campaign.
Jun 23, 2015
Event aims to improve racial equality in WV
(Charleston Daily Mail)
In West Virginia, an AFSC program rallies the community to generate concrete solutions to address systemic racism.
Jun 23, 2015
19 Dems urge Kerry to make detained Palestinian children a priority
(Jewish Telegraphic Agency)
After AFSC and other organizations held a congressional briefing, lawmakers in Washington publish a letter voicing their concerns over the military detention of Palestinian children.
Jun 23, 2015
Dems tell Kerry: Don’t ignore Palestinian children
(The Hill)
Due to advocacy efforts by AFSC and other organizations, a group of 18 Democratic lawmakers are urging the State Department to do all it can to make Israel give better treatment to Palestinian children held in detention.
Jun 23, 2015
California Prisoners Die of Drug Overdoses at Three Times National Rate
AFSC's Laura Magnani speaks to KQED about the flow of drugs into California's prison system, and how the state's efforts to curb the problem lead to violations of prisoners' rights.
Jun 17, 2015
Young adults speak out about raising the minimum wage in KC
(Fox 4)
In Kansas City, young people from AFSC's youth program take to the streets to highlight the importance of paying workers a living wage.
Jun 17, 2015
North Korea says hit by worst drought in 100 years
As drought strikes the DPRK (North Korea), AFSC's farm management programs train in new planting techniques to conserve water.
Jun 16, 2015
Colorado immigration activists join U.S. hunger strike
(Colorado Independent)
Colorado activists participate in a national hunger strike to try and prevent the deportation of Arturo Hernandez Garcia and to ask ICE officials to exercise discretion in deportation proceedings.
Jun 15, 2015
Jeb Bush Goes Off Script To Promise Immigration Reform
(Huffington Post)
Jeb Bush is compelled to address immigration issues after activists stand up at his campaign announcement to spell out "legal status is not enough."
Jun 15, 2015
Rogers urges 2016 focus on security
(Detroit News)
As military contractors and former government officials host forums on foreign policy in the 2016 elections, AFSC's Governing Under the Influence project calls into question whether foreign policy should be dictated by self-interested corporations.
Jun 13, 2015
James Beard Foundation honors Bustos’ fight for rights, education of farmers
(Santa Fe New Mexican)
Don Bustos--farmer, educator, and co-director of AFSC's New Mexico Program--is receiving the James Beard Award for his work in support of farmers’ rights and education, and efforts to include farmers of color in the national food movement.
Jun 12, 2015
Invest in Des Moines hotel, get a green card
(Des Moines Register)
AFSC's Jody Meshak speaks out about a two tiered system that allows wealthy investors a path to citizenship but leaves other immigrants behind.
Jun 12, 2015
Coming Home Straight From Solitary Damages Inmates And Their Families
Thousands of people every year are released directly from solitary confinement to the streets without mental health treatment or support.
Jun 11, 2015
Palestinian American teen recounts Israeli assault to packed room on Capitol Hill
(Electronic Intifada)
Lawmakers hear testimony at a congressional briefing from Palestinian youth who have been detained and assaulted by Israeli soldiers.
Jun 10, 2015
FBI Investigates Border Death of El Cajon Resident Shot With Taser
Immigrant rights groups push for investigation into whether Customs and Border Patrol agents are adhering to their own use of force policies.
Jun 10, 2015
Disproven tax ‘remedies’ can still hurt you
(Charleston Gazette)
AFSC's Rick Wilson explains why cutting taxes to create jobs in a failed solution that creates more problems for state governments and communities.
Jun 10, 2015
Don't Be Fooled: New Bipartisan AUMF Greenlights Endless War
(Common Dreams)
AFSC's Policy Impact Coordinator critiques the new "Authorization for Use of Military Force" for continuing to allow for U.S. military action across the globe with very few restrictions.
Jun 9, 2015
Advocacy groups criticize $500 million in local jail funding
(San Francisco Chronicle)
Sixteen California advocacy groups--including AFSC--are criticizing the way a state board is distributing $500 million for construction of local jails.
Jun 9, 2015
Critics: $50 million for private prison beds could be better spent
(Arizona Republic)
Opponents of private prisons in Arizona suggest that investment in prevention and rehabilitation, rather than prison expansion, is better for the state.
Jun 8, 2015
Promise of Reforms by CBP Commissioner Ring Hollow
(New Mexico NPR)
The Southern Border Communities Coalition takes Customs and Border Protection to task for refusing to hold Border Patrol Agents who used lethal force accountable for their actions.
Jun 8, 2015
Let’s End the Detention of Migrant Families
(Equal Voice)
Staff attorneys from AFSC travel to Texas to witness first hand the conditions at the Karnes family detention center.
Jun 8, 2015
Wall Street Is My Landlord
As big companies are buying up rentals and creating a new housing bubble, AFSC's Atlanta office is concerned about the impacts.
Jun 6, 2015
Giving Matters: MLK Holiday in N.H.
(New Hampshire Public Radio)
Reflections on AFSC's Arnie Alpert's work to make Martin Luther King Day an official holiday in New Hampshire.
Jun 2, 2015
Outcry Over Detention of Palestinian-American Children
(Public News Service)
Faith-based and human rights groups from Illinois travel to Washington, D.C. to call for an end to the detention of Palestinian children by Israel.
Jun 2, 2015
Why Are Prisoners Dying in County Jail?
(Bloomberg Business)
Corizon Health, the biggest company providing medical services to U.S. jails and prisons, faces claims and contract cutoffs



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