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Jul 5, 2015

Ducey calls for investigation of Kingman prison riot   (Arizona Republic)
In the wake of unrest at a for-profit prison outside Kingman, AFSC's Caroline Isaacs and others point to the failures of prison privatization.

Jul 1, 2015

North Korea Asks Iran For Help Fighting Drought   (Vice News)
As drought in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (North Korea) intensifies, the government seeks humanitarian aid.

Jun 30, 2015

Basu: No hecklers allowed   (Des Moines Register)
Activists raising tough questions for candidates and politicians face removal and sometimes arrest for trying to exercise their right to free speech.
Report: Murrieta Immigrant Protest Example Of Collusion   (KPBS)
A new report shows that border patrol authorities have been colluding with anti-immigration groups in order to "inject negative biases into the broader immigration debate."
Crowd turns out for racial equality event in Charleston   (Charleston Gazette)
Crowds gather in Charleston to talk about steps to take to promote racial equality.
How to reduce Michigan's corrections budget in the long term   (Michigan Public Radio)
AFSC's Natalie Holbrook explains why the only logical and moral way to cut corrections spending is by reducing the prison population and closing prisons.

Jun 29, 2015

N.J. Supreme Court case to decide fate of abused immigrant children   (
AFSC participates in a legal challenge to expand the ability of immigrant children to stay in the United States.

Jun 27, 2015

On prisons, Arizona stays tough   (Arizona Daily Star)
Experts weigh in on the problems with Arizona's "tough on crime" approach and skyrocketing corrections budget.
Church-based BDS does not unfairly ‘single out’ Israel   (+972 )
Op Ed makes the case for why faith-based activists engage in Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions campaign.

Jun 25, 2015

Concord faith communities gather to mourn Charleston shooting victims, pray for peace   (Concord Monitor)
In the wake of the racially motivated killing of nine people at an AME Church in Charleston, an interfaith gathering in Concord gathers to pray for peace.

Jun 24, 2015

The Most Racist Flag   (Real News Network)
As states across the south finally remove confederate flags, AFSC's Kamau Franklin speaks to the broader need to address white supremacy in the United States.
Colombian army's top leadership not facing justice in killings, report says   (Los Angeles Times)
AFSC's John Lindsay-Poland weighs in on extrajudicial killings in Colombia and the government's failure to take action.

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.
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.
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.
California Prisoners Die of Drug Overdoses at Three Times National Rate   (KQED)
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 22, 2015

Corruption Bird Dogs Accuse Candidates of ‘Governing Under The Influence’   (MintPress News)
Grassroots activists in New Hampshire and Iowa press presidential hopefuls on the role corporations play in militarism, war, and immigrant detention.

Jun 21, 2015

Voters in New Hampshire looking to political boot camps to prep for 2016   (Fox News)
AFSC activists in New Hampshire train residents on how to get presidential candidates to answer questions about important issues in the lead up to the New Hampshire Primary.

Jun 18, 2015

Woman dies after smuggling boat capsizes   (U-T San Diego)
AFSC's Pedro Rios questions patrol boats' practice of firing "warning shots" after a woman dies trying to enter the U.S. via boat.

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.
North Korea says hit by worst drought in 100 years   (Reuters)
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."
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.

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