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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 6, 2016
The biggest political issue of our times, and few care
(Concord Monitor)
A reporter from the Concord Monitor spends a day with AFSC's Governing Under the Influence project.
Feb 5, 2016
Is the Pentagon's Budget About To Be Nuked?
(Defense News)
Critics weigh in on the Pentagon's plan to modernize and expand its nuclear arsenal.
Feb 4, 2016
Our Man in New Hampshire: Weathering the Elements for Ted Cruz
(New York Times)
As candidates and their supporters flock to New Hampshire, AFSC is on the scene highlighting connections between government, big business and the military.
Feb 4, 2016
“Gambling away our future”: Activist groups warn of disaster as nations sign pro-corporate TPP deal in lavish casino
Activists across the world speak out against the signing of the Trans Pacific Partnership, a trade deal that will benefit corporations at the expense of workers and the environment.
Feb 4, 2016
Decades later, a secret finally revealed
(Chicago Crusader)
In 1964, Dr. Martin Luther King became the third Black leader to win the Nobel Peace Prize. He was nominated by AFSC.
Feb 1, 2016
Peace is Possible
(Friends Journal )
A Truth and Reconciliation Commission in Maine grapples with the history of violence, racism, and cultural genocide directed against Wabanaki children and adults.
Jan 31, 2016
Local officials questioning new plan to house immigrant children at Lakewood center
(Denver Post)
Activists and public figures respond to the Obama administration's announcement that they will be detaining and deporting thousands of Central American children.
Jan 30, 2016
The Perils of Privatization
(Common Dreams)
Privatization incentivizes high incarceration rates and negatively impacts communities and state budgets.
Jan 29, 2016
The Push For 10,000 Latino Voters At The Iowa Caucuses
In the 2016 election, candidates vie for Latino votes, and Latino activists hope to shape the debate.
Jan 24, 2016
Prison Population Trends in Arizona Since 1994
The prison population in Arizona has increased by 52% over the past ten years. Rather than build new prisons, advocates suggest policy changes.
Jan 24, 2016
No more governing under the influence
(The Gazette)
Residents of Iowa and New Hampshire lift up hopes for change in the lead up to the 2016 elections.
Jan 22, 2016
Social justice groups blanket Amherst with welcome refugee posters
In an effort to counter Islamophobia and anti-refugee rhetoric, community members launch a public poster project.
Jan 20, 2016
Organizations Gather Winter Clothing Donations for Refugees New to Iowa
Two local organizations have joined forces in order to help refugees feel welcome and warm when they arrive in Iowa.
Jan 20, 2016
Denver immigration groups celebrate SCOTUS decision to reconsider DAPA
(Denver Post)
Immigrant-rights groups took to the steps of Colorado's Supreme Court building Wednesday to celebrate the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to hear a case concerning President Obama's executive action.
Jan 20, 2016
Remembering the Persian Gulf War
AFSC's Jennifer Bing discusses the 25th year anniversary of the first Gulf War and the legacy of a quarter century of military engagement in Iraq.
Jan 20, 2016
The US First Invaded Iraq 25 Years Ago - and America's Still Coming to Grips with What a Disaster It Has Been
Twenty five years after the first Gulf War, the peace movement has to keep offering alternatives to war and militarism.
Jan 20, 2016
Supreme Court Decision to Hear Immigration Case Sparks Celebration
(Colorado Independent)
in Denver, a coalition of immigrant-rights groups takes to the streets in celebration of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to hear the case that blocked the Obama administration’s executive action.
Jan 20, 2016
Volunteers push for an end to governing under the influence
(Concord Monitor)
While many in the media focus on the political horse race, some residents in Iowa and New Hampshire zero in on the issues.
Jan 19, 2016
Religious leaders urge minimum raise increase
(Des Moines Register)
Faith leaders in Iowa make the case for a $15 and hour minimum wage.
Jan 19, 2016
Still paying for mistakes of Gulf War
(Philadelphia Inquirer)
Twenty-five years after the launch of Operation Desert Storm, AFSC's Wage Peace coordinators reflect on a quarter century of war.
Jan 18, 2016
West Virginia ranked in racial progression report
More than 50 years after Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. made his "I Have A Dream," speech, West Virginia still has a long way to go on the path towards racial justice.
Jan 15, 2016
Death of ex-NFL player Lawrence Phillips: how did promising life unravel?
(The Guardian)
Solitary confinement and poor prison conditions may have played a role in the death of a professional football player.
Jan 13, 2016
Family: ICE draws guns, scares US citizen children in immigration sweep
(Asbury Park Press)
In the wake on an announcement of immigration raids, communities are fearful as Immigration and Customs Enforcement detains people in New Jersey.
Jan 12, 2016
Report: For-Profit Prison Lobby Influences Immigrant Detention Policy
(Public News Service)
AFSC's Governing Under the Influence project releases a new report on the detention bed quota -- a federal policy that mandates immigrant detention beds are filled.
Jan 12, 2016
At Least Ducey Mentioned Some Interest in Prison Sentencing Reform During State of the State
(Tucson Weekly)
Arizona Governor Doug Ducey addresses the need for criminal justice reform in his State of the State speech.



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