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Aug 31, 2015

Expert "Bird Dog" Offers Primer on Pinning Down Candidates   (Conway Daily Sun)
AFSC's Arnie Alpert schools New Hampshire voters on becoming political "bird dogs."

Aug 30, 2015

My Turn: Arizona needs fewer prisons   (Arizona Republic)
AFSC's Caroline Isaacs calls on the state of Arizona to do more than just cancel it's private prison contracts--real reforms are needed to reduce the prison population.
400 gather for #UniteIowa immigration forum   (Des Moines Register)
AFSC's Sandra Sanchez speaks on a panel at an immigration forum in Iowa, alongside presidential candidates and advocates from across the political spectrum.

Aug 29, 2015

Students get tour of city’s historic district, racial issues   (Charleston Gazette-Mail)
More than 30 people took a walking tour of Charleston as a part of the WV Freedom School, a three-day intensive racial justice workshop sponsored by AFSC.

Aug 27, 2015

Arizona To Assess All Private Prison Operators   (KJZZ)
State officials will evaluate all of Arizona’s private prison operators following the release of a blistering investigation of July riots at a facility near Kingman.
Someone like me   (Boulder Weekly )
Immigrant rights advocate and mother Jeanette Viguerra speaks out about her family, her activism, and her own struggle to avoid deportation.
Excessive security, drugs & assaults triggered riot at Arizona’s Kingman private prison   (RT)
A new report cites a series of problems that led to a riot at a private prison in Arizona.
Arizona cuts ties with private-prison operator over Kingman riot   (Arizona Republic)
Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey is terminating a contract with the operator of a private prison near Kingman that he said “failed” to control riots last month.
Racial Justice Workshop to Take Place in Charleston Over Weekend   (WV Public Radio)
AFSC hosts the West Virginia Freedom School, a three-day racial justice workshop that runs from Friday to Sunday in Charleston.

Aug 26, 2015

Kingman prison contract canceled in wake of unrest; new operator sought   (Daily Miner)
After an AFSC report revealed extensive problems leading up to the Kingman prison riot, the state canceled its contract with the private prison company in charge of managing the facility.
N.J. Supreme Court rules in favor of abused immigrant children fighting deportation   (
In a victory for immigrant rights advocates, the New Jersey Supreme Court overturns a ruling making it more difficult for children fleeing abuse to gain legal residency.
Report: Police Beat the Hell Out of Private Prison Inmates After Riot   (Gawker)
A new report from AFSC on the Kingman prison riot, the law enforcement response, and the aftermath, raises doubts about Arizona’s private prison operators’ ability to run facilities that are safe and humane.

Aug 25, 2015

Founding of a New Progressive Jewish Congregation – Tzedek Chicago   (Chicago Monitor)
AFSC's Midwest Regional Director Brant Rosen speaks with the Chicago Monitor about opening a non-Zionist, anti-racist congregation.
Quakers revive Freedom Schools to provide historic clarity, healing, advancement of just society   (Frost Illustrated)
AFSC's Freedom Schools in Saint Louis and elsewhere provide young people with political education and powerful tools to counter injustice in society.

Aug 24, 2015

No word from ICE: Undocumented immigrant Jeanette Vizguerra’s caught in limbo   (Colorado Independent )
Activist in Denver continue to call on Immigration and Customs Enforcement to exercise discretion in deportation cases and keep families together.

Aug 23, 2015

A forum to unite, not radicalize immigration debate   (Des Moines Register)
Unite Iowa hosts a forum designed to bring people across the political spectrum together to discuss immigration issues. Presidential candidates and community members will share the stage, including AFSC's Sandra Sanchez.

Aug 21, 2015

An activist picks an issue, not a candidate   (Boston Globe)
AFSC's Arnie Alpert appears in the Boston Globe as part of their "Primary Memories" series in the lead up to the 2016 presidential primaries.
Does W.Va. Need More Immigrants?   (West Virginia Public Radio)
AFSC's Rick Wilson discusses how more immigration could help, not hurt, West Virginia's economy.

Aug 20, 2015

Calling for 12 month extension for Vizguerra   (El Semanario)
Families, faith leaders, and advocates gather in support of Jeanette Vizguerra, an immigrant rights activist and mother fighting deportation in Colorado.

Aug 18, 2015

Campaign warns migrants against illegal crossings   (San Diego Union-Tribune)
U.S. Customs and Border Patrol is trying to dissuade people from crossing the border. AFSC's Pedro Rios says more needs to be done for people to have security in their home countries.
On evil, Iran and the coming vote   (Charleston Gazette-Mail)
In this op ed, AFSC's Rick Wilson talks about violence, conflict, and the importance of the Iran deal.
What I Learned From Nine Months in Sanctuary   (Truthout)
Arturo Hernandez Garcia reflects on what he learned during his nine months in sanctuary at the Unitarian Church in Denver.
Thousands of immigrants apply for licenses   (San Diego Union-Tribune)
After years of advocacy, a new law allows undocumented immigrants to obtain drivers licenses.

Aug 15, 2015

Meet the DREAMers confronting presidential candidates   (Des Moines Register)
AFSC's hector Salamanca and other activists with DREAM Iowa are "bird-dogging" presidential candidates to demand answers on immigration policy.
Back to School   (South Seattle Emerald)
A reporter from the South Seattle Emerald takes a radical history tour of Seattle with AFSC's Tyree Scott Freedom School.

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