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Jun 10, 2015

FBI Investigates Border Death of El Cajon Resident Shot With Taser   (KPBS)
Immigrant rights groups push for investigation into whether Customs and Border Patrol agents are adhering to their own use of force policies.
Disproven tax ‘remedies’ can still hurt you   (Charleston Gazette)
AFSC's Rick Wilson explains why cutting taxes to create jobs in a failed solution that creates more problems for state governments and communities.
Don't Be Fooled: New Bipartisan AUMF Greenlights Endless War   (Common Dreams)
AFSC's Policy Impact Coordinator critiques the new "Authorization for Use of Military Force" for continuing to allow for U.S. military action across the globe with very few restrictions.

Jun 9, 2015

Advocacy groups criticize $500 million in local jail funding   (San Francisco Chronicle)
Sixteen California advocacy groups--including AFSC--are criticizing the way a state board is distributing $500 million for construction of local jails.
Critics: $50 million for private prison beds could be better spent   (Arizona Republic)
Opponents of private prisons in Arizona suggest that investment in prevention and rehabilitation, rather than prison expansion, is better for the state.

Jun 8, 2015

Promise of Reforms by CBP Commissioner Ring Hollow   (New Mexico NPR)
The Southern Border Communities Coalition takes Customs and Border Protection to task for refusing to hold Border Patrol Agents who used lethal force accountable for their actions.
Let’s End the Detention of Migrant Families   (Equal Voice)
Staff attorneys from AFSC travel to Texas to witness first hand the conditions at the Karnes family detention center.
Wall Street Is My Landlord   (Bloomberg)
As big companies are buying up rentals and creating a new housing bubble, AFSC's Atlanta office is concerned about the impacts.

Jun 6, 2015

Giving Matters: MLK Holiday in N.H.   (New Hampshire Public Radio)
Reflections on AFSC's Arnie Alpert's work to make Martin Luther King Day an official holiday in New Hampshire.

Jun 2, 2015

Outcry Over Detention of Palestinian-American Children   (Public News Service)
Faith-based and human rights groups from Illinois travel to Washington, D.C. to call for an end to the detention of Palestinian children by Israel.
Why Are Prisoners Dying in County Jail?   (Bloomberg Business)
Corizon Health, the biggest company providing medical services to U.S. jails and prisons, faces claims and contract cutoffs

Jun 1, 2015

Congressional Briefing on Israeli Treatment of Palestinian Child Prisoners   (Chicago Monitor )
A Congressional Briefing organized by AFSC and allies focuses on a little known aspect of the Israeli occupation that illustrates the trauma experienced by Palestinian children, their families and their communities.

May 31, 2015

Drought-hit North Korea seen able to avoid food crisis   (Reuters)
New farm management techniques--like those promoted by AFSC's DPRK (North Korea) program--help North Koreans avoid famine during drought.

May 28, 2015

Five Years Later, Family Still Demanding Justice In Taser Death At The Border   (KPBS)
For five years, AFSC's border program has been working with immigrant rights advocates and the loved ones of Anastasio Hernandez Rojas to demand justice in the wake of his death at the hands of border patrol agents.
Linden storeowner offers farmworkers free shelter   (KCRA)
A local store owner gives shelter to farm workers, but AFSC's Luis Magana explains that more action is needed to protect the rights of immigrant workers.
No sanctuary: Immigrants struggle to keep families together in wake of Obama’s deportation-relief delay   (Colorado Independent)
Immigrant rights activists in Denver rally as a federal appeals court upholds the freeze on Obama's executive action on immigration.

May 27, 2015

U.S. immigrant policy: Detention for dollars   (Houston Chronicle )
J. Herbert Nelson and AFSC's Aura Kanegis explain the profit motive behind U.S. immigration policies.
Obama Administration Sabotages Nuclear Nonproliferation Conference   (Truthout)
As the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty Review Conference draws to a close, the U.S. has again stood in the way of progress. AFSC's Joseph Gerson explains what happened.
Demonstrators Protest Decision To Prevent Obama’s Executive Order On Immigration   (CBS Denver)
Immigrant rights advocates gather on the steps of Denver's capitol building to demand an end to unjust deportations.
Immigration advocates demand end to threat of deportation   (Colorado Public Radio)
Members of the Metro Denver Sanctuary Coalition rally at the state Capitol to protesr the continued court injunction against a program that could delay deportation for 5 million undocumented immigrants.
Court decision on President's immigration action will lead to immigration purgatory   (ABC 7)
Faith leaders and community groups join together to oppose delays in implementation of immigration reforms.

May 26, 2015

Tell Congress Now: Israeli military detention is no way to treat a child   (Mondoweiss)
AFSC and the No Way to Treat a Child Campaign are holding a congressional briefing to speak out against the military detention of children and families in Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory.

May 24, 2015

Failure of Review Conference Brings World Close to Nuclear Cataclysm, Warn Activists   (Common Dreams)
Advocates for nuclear nonproliferation critique the outcome and the lack of transparency at the 2015 NPT Review Conference.

May 22, 2015

Chris Christie Uses Prisoners to Fix His Office Furniture   (The Nation)
The state of New Jersey has saved millions of dollars by relying on prison labor to refurbish furniture in the governor’s office. AFSC's Bonnie Kerness weighs in.

May 21, 2015

"Something Better" Than Detention for Immigrants?   (Truthout)
Is electronic monitoring an acceptable alternative to immigrant detention? AFSC and other organizations raise concerns.

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