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Mar 18, 2014

In Providence, immigration activists call on Chafee to end ‘ICE holds’   (Providence Journal)
Immigrant activists Monday renewed their call for Governor Chafee to limit collaboration between Rhode Island law enforcement agencies and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement with regard to holds placed on detainees.

Mar 13, 2014

New Hampshire Nears Repeal of Death Penalty   (New York Times)
New Hampshire’s House of Representatives vote overwhelmingly, 225 to 104, to repeal the death penalty.

Mar 12, 2014

AFSC exhibit focuses on art of economic boycotts   (Philadelphia Inquirer)
An exhibit opening Wednesday at the offices of the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) titled "Boycott! The Art of Economic Activism" illustrates the power of boycotts in bringing about change around the world over the last 50 years.

Mar 7, 2014

What Would You Do With $1 Trillion?   (Public News Service)
Students at one Missouri high school hope a video they produced for the "If I Had a Trillion Dollars" Film Festival will give lawmakers a lesson on how the students’ priorities line up with those of the federal budget.

Mar 5, 2014

Political Prisoner Marshall Eddie Conway Released After 44 Years   (Truthout)
Incarcerated activist and founder of AFSC's Friend of a Friend program is released from prison after 44 years.
Exclusive: Freed Ex-Black Panther Marshall "Eddie" Conway on 44 Years in Prison & FBI Surveillance   (Democracy Now)
Former Black Panther Marshall "Eddie" Conway speaks with Democracy Now less than 24 hours after his release from nearly 44 years in prison.

Feb 17, 2014

Hoosiers Can View Art as a Tool of Social Change   (Public News Service)
"Boycott!" exhibit provides an up-close look at the power of art and the role it plays in social activism.

Feb 10, 2014

Why I didn't want my son's killer to spend his life in jail   (Detroit Free Press)
Ronald D. Simpson II--who is spearheading the AFSC's restorative justice project in Michigan--shares the story of his son's murder and why he believes even his murderer deserves a second chance.

Feb 6, 2014

Stop the deportations   (Concord Monitor)
AFSC's Arnie Alpert and Maggie Fogarty urge President Obama to stop the deportation of immigrants.

Feb 5, 2014

Maine Attorney General Under Fire Over Elvers   (Indian Country Today )
Maine’s Attorney General has been taken to task by AFSC's Jamie Bissonette Lewey for raising a questionable “constitutional concern” that could undermine an agreement between the Passamaquoddy Tribe and the state over elver fishing.

Feb 2, 2014

Maine must keep promises to tribes, protect elvers before they disappear   (Bangor Daily News)
Maine’s Attorney General is taken to task by AFSC's Jamie Bissonette Lewey for raising a questionable “constitutional concern” that could undermine an agreement between the Passamaquoddy Tribe and the state over elver fishing.

Feb 1, 2014

Immigration policy with a human face   (Al-Jazeera America)
Reform should prioritize humanity over the interests of the prison-industrial complex
Patrulla Fronteriza entrena a niños a disparar contra indocumentados   (La Opinion)
A photo showing a Border Patrol agent helping a child shooting a powder-filled ball at a target resembling a human in front of a metal wall at the border sparked outrage from activists, who said the image evoked the shooting of an immigrant.
¿A quién le disparan estos niños?   (Telemundo)
A photo showing a Border Patrol agent helping a child shooting a powder-filled ball at a target resembling a human in front of a metal wall at the border sparked outrage from activists including AFSC's Pedro Rios, who said the image evoked the shooting of an immigrant.

Jan 31, 2014

Photo of child shooting at border demo draws ire   (The Fresno Bee)
A photo showing a Border Patrol agent helping a child shooting a powder-filled ball at a target resembling a human in front of a metal wall at the border sparked outrage from activists including AFSC's Pedro Rios, who said the image evoked the shooting of an immigrant.
Border Patrol pics anger activists   (UT San Diego)
A photo showing a Border Patrol agent helping a child shooting a powder-filled ball at a target resembling a human in front of a metal wall at the border sparked outrage from activists including AFSC's Pedro Rios, who said the image evoked the shooting of an immigrant.

Jan 16, 2014

Is Agribusiness Benefiting from SNAP Cuts?   (Public News Service)
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, helps feed more than 47 million Americans who have a difficult time putting food on the table. The Farm Bill under debate in Washington could slash SNAP assistance $9 billion over 10 years.

Dec 17, 2013

Concord homelessness task force recommends more low-income housing, case management   (Concord Monitor)
Maggie Fogarty from AFSC New Hampshire featured in article on solutions to homelessness in Concord.

Dec 13, 2013

Tarjetas de conducir para indocumentados de Oregon postergadas   (KUNP)
Pedro Sosa, AFSC Project Voice Organizer in Portland, OR, on drivers licenses for undocumented immigrants.

Nov 14, 2013

Arizona prison horror: “Critically ill” inmates told to “pray” for healing   (Salon)
A new AFSC report outlines illegal and deadly mistreatment of Arizona inmates whose medical care the state contracted out to the country’s largest private prison health care provider.

Nov 11, 2013

US Navy's funding of high schools raises concerns   (Agence France Presse)
Military partners with the city of Chicago to introduce curriculum developed by the Navy in seven Chicago public schools. AFSC staff comment on concerns.

Nov 10, 2013

War exhibit provides help for Kansas City homeless   (Fox News)
For Veteran’s Day weekend, AFSC's touring exhibit "Eyes Wide Open" honoring troops who died in Afghanistan and Iraq came to a close and served as a giveaway for people in need.
Packed like sardines: There's a better way out of West Virginia's prison problem   (The Charleston Gazette)
AFSC on overcrowding of prisons in West Virginia.

Nov 8, 2013

New Mexico farmers still recovering from devastating flood   (Public News Service)
Despite devastating floods, AFSC New Mexico holds its annual Harvest Dinner, showcasing foods grown using AFSC's sustainable farming practices.

Nov 7, 2013

Worcester hosts global exhibit--the art of disobedience   (Go Local Worcester)
The First Unitarian Church of Worcester hosts AFSC's “Boycott! The Art of Economic Activism,” an exhibit of 58 posters from historical and contemporary boycott movements.

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