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Family immigrant detention centers: The new internment camps

Staff members of AFSC’s Immigrant Rights Program in Newark joined advocates from across the nation in a protest against the family detention policies of the US government on May 1 in Dilley, Texas.  The Corrections Corporation of America, a for-profit company, runs the largest immigrant family detention center in the United States that will detain up to 2400 mothers and children.

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South Texas Family Residential Center

South Texas Family Residential Center

South Texas Family Residential Center

Collective power for migrant justice: An interview with AFSC Intern Saul Aleman

Note: Lucy Duncan came back from visiting Quaker meetings in South Florida with Saul Aleman really excited about his energy for the migrant rights movement, for using nonviolence as a tool for change, and for telling stories and bringing forward migrant voices to change the narrative around immigrants in this country.

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#BlackLivesMatter: From Baltimore to Jerusalem

Note: Sahar Vardi serves as Coordinator of AFSC's Israel program working with refusers to military service and against militarism within Israel. She attended a recent protest focused on recent killings and abuse of Ethiopian Jews in Israel. This is her reflection on it and its connection to the movement against police brutality, the Black Lives Matter movement, in the United States. - Lucy

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Thoughts on Black/Brown unity: A poem

Note: Ericson Amaya and Pablo Paredes of AFSC's 67 Sueños Program wrote this poem on the occasion of the unveiling of the Black/Brown Unity Mural in Oakland, Califormia. Recently they read it at the AFSC Corporation meeting. The video of that reading is below.

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Black Brown Unity Mural, detail, in Oakland

Black Brown Unity Mural, Oakland, detail

Black Brown Unity Mural, detail, in Oakland

[Updated] Oscar's story: Help stop a deportation

UPDATE: Oscar was deported by Immigration & Customs Enforcement back to El Salvador

Hello Friends,

Thank you to everyone who has written letters to help keep Oscar in the United States. Thank you for raising your voices for justice.  Unfortunately, we learned today that Oscar was deported back to El Salvador. Here is a statement from his immigration lawyers:

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US Border Fence

US Border Fence

US Border Fence

Sample letter to stop the deportation of Oscar

Please write a letter of support to stop the deportation of Oscar.

We need the letters no later than 4/17/15 (next Friday). They can be dropped off at the McKinney Immigration Law office, (910 North Elm Street, Greensboro, NC 27401) or can be emailed to Briana at briana@mckinneyimmigration.com. You can also email your letter to me (LKhamala@afsc.org) and I will get it to his attorney, if that is easier for you. Please sign your letter and scan it before emailing.

Marie's citizenship success in Florida

Marie’s skinny body is exaggerated from her oversized dress, but her personality is anything but frail.

While she speaks, her voice fluctuates wildly in its tone; and while she talks, her face is brightly animated. Marie has much to say, but she does not have much time.

Like Yvette, she meets with me during her short break from work at the Swap Shop in Ft. Lauderdale. As I listen to her story, the rain pours down from the sky in buckets, and makes thunderous little claps on the roof above us.

Sojourning with Christ: Migration as calling

David Jaimes was asked to prepare a message for Saturday morning's programmed meeting for worship at the 2015 AFSC Corporation Meeting (March 5-7). David gave powerful vocal ministry inspired by the 2015 Corporation Meeting theme, "Radical Hospitality: Working for Immigrant Justice." Below is a version of his message that has been edited for length. If you'd like to learn how you or your meeting/church can support immigrant justice in your community, join our next call for spirited action with AFSC staff members Jenn Piper and Lori Khamala on Thursday.

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Yvette's story

Yvette meets with me during her lunch break in the middle of an intense Florida summer rainstorm to tell me about her journey as an American citizen. The decorum for an interview cannot be worse, but nonetheless, Yvette has plenty of patience to participate in my project. As lightning cracks all around us, and a chintzy version of “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” plays repetitively on the loudspeakers, Yvette maintains her graciousness. We sit at a table in the Swap Shop—a flea market complex in Ft.

A welcoming resolution in Greensboro

Since fall of 2013, AFSC’s North Carolina office has worked with diverse immigrant communities across Greensboro on a project to make the city more welcoming and inclusive. One year later, challenges persist, but the grassroots work is paying off and we are seeing progress: the city unanimously passed a Welcoming Greensboro resolution in April 2014, the Human Relations Commission appointed an immigrant member in October 2014, and an AFSC staff member is chairing a working group to re-develop the city’s International Advisory Committee.

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