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AFSC South Star Newsletter: Winter 2021-22

The American Friends Service Committee's Winter 2021-2022 South Star compiles stories and resources from across the South Region, highlighting our programs' amazing work to resist harmful surveillance tactics in our communities, stop evictions during the COVID-19 pandemic, advocate for investments in families and more. Enjoy these articles below and please consider supporting the South Region by donating here!

Surveillance Is Trash: Dec. 2021
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Surveillance Is Trash
Peace by Piece New Orleans is a founding member of the Eye on Surveillance (EOS), a coalition of...
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Helping people in New Orleans recover after Hurricane Ida

Community members are working toward long-term recovery with support from AFSC’s Peace by Piece Program and supporters like you.

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Advocating for investments in our communities

In West Virginia, community members and groups are urging Sen. Manchin to preserve the child tax credit and support the Build Back Better Act. Learn more about their efforts from AFSC staff.

JoAnna Vance
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JoAnna Vance: An Open Letter to Senator Joe Manchin III

Mother and grassroots organizer JoAnna Vance shares her personal story of how the Child Tax Credit helped her family

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Stopping evictions in Atlanta

As evictions resume in Georgia, many people face displacement amid increasing gentrification. Here's how one Atlanta-area elder is standing up for her right to remain in her home.

NCIR Defeat Bad Bills
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NC Immigrant Rights 2021 Highlights

While staying in conversation and aware of federal immigration policy with the AFSC as a whole in 2021, NC Immigrant Rights (NCIR) focused on grassroots organizing in North Carolina. Here are a few highlights from our ongoing work.

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Groups probe government over migrant children’s possible exposure to toxic chemicals

Today, Earthjustice, on behalf of the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), sued in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia to compel several federal agencies to respond to unanswered Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests regarding the Florida Homestead migrant detention center for unaccompanied children.

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2021 Summer Policy Insitute
In 2021, the Appalachian Center for Equality had more students than ever register for the Summer...