In commemoration of the adoption of the UN Declaration of Human Rights, the American Friends Service Committee, Jails Action Coalition and New York Campaign for Alternatives to Isolated Confinement, organized an outdoor event in Lower Manhattan to speak out against human rights abuses that are occuring in New York and New Jersey area. Issues protested included the school-to-prison pipeline, immigration detention and deportation, mass incarceration and the routine use of extreme and prolonged isolation in New York and New Jersey's state prisons and city jails.
Coverage appeared in the Star-Ledger August 29, 2013. AFSC-IRP was involved in both rallies – the first held at Lincoln Park and the second at the Lincoln statue at the historic Essex County Courthouse.
On December 18 International Migrants Day, over 40 advocates, immigrant families and community members spoke and rallied at the federal office building in Newark NJ to demand the Obama Administration shift away from deportation policies that separate families. During the first Obama administration, a record 1.4 million immigrants have been deported.
Now is the time to bring the overwhelming results of our referendum into the public debate. Join the AFL-CIO and Mass. Uniting (our allies in this Battle of the Budget) for two demonstrations (at 1 and 4pm) in Boston, and spread the word!
1:00pm: Rally for Jobs, Not Cuts! (Faneuil Hall in Boston)
Parents, children and community members affected by detention and deportation will speak out and demand the Obama Administration and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to keep immigrant families together. Immigrant and citizen community members will also rally and demand that the U.S. Congress pass humane and fair immigration policy and give families a path to citizenship.
A message from Wasif Qureshi, Community Outreach Coordinator at the Islamic Center of Greensboro:
This is a call to people of all races, cultures and religions. We need you. At precisely 5 pm on September 20th, a rally will start in front of the Melvin Municipal Office Building in downtown Greensboro. The number of people in support of keeping the White Street Landfill closed is massive and will be showcased at this rally.
Ira Harritt, KC Program Coordinator, spoke at the “Rally for Bradley” in support of Manning’s human and civil rights and status as whistleblower. Harritt spoke to the larger context of Manning imprisonment stating: "We, not the terrorists, not an enemy out there, have destroyed too much of what we value in America. It has long been recognized that the first casualty of war is the truth and this is being acted out on a daily basis. Too many lies, too many secrets and too much misinformation have been foisted upon the American public in the pursuit of war."
Kansas City AFSC staff, members of the AFSC Area Program Committee and volunteers participated in the June 4th “Rally for Bradley” and a march and vigil in Leavenworth, KS near the Military Prison where Bradley Manning is being held.
The event was the first large public rally since Bradley Manning was transferred to Fort Leavenworth in April 2011.
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