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Feb 2, 2015

B is for Billion: What Military Cuts?   (Common Dreams)
In this op ed, Raed Jarrar explains that a better grasp on how much our government actually spends on the military might be the first step to an honest debate about budget priorities.
Raed Jarrar: Obama's budget spends 58% of discretionary spending on military   (Talk Nation Radio)
AFSC's Policy Impact Coordinator breaks down Obama's budget proposal and discusses why we need to shift away from military spending.

Jan 29, 2015

Here's what it's like to be a DREAMer in the state with congress' most anti-immigrant member   (Fusion)
Hector Salamanca and Kenia Calderon Ceron--both young activists with AFSC's Des Moines Program--reflect on organizing for immigrant rights in Iowa.

Jan 28, 2015

Public employers would need to verify workers   (Union Leader)
An anti-immigrant bill that would require public employers to verify citizenship status meets opposition fro legislators and advocates in New Hampshire.
The only race that matters   (Real Change News)
On Martin Luther King Day, AFSC's Jelani Brown speaks out about his experiences with racism, police brutality, and the growing movement in Ferguson.

Jan 24, 2015

Freedom Summit live: Demonstrators raise signs, perform street theater   (Des Moines Register)
AFSC's "Governing Under the Influence" campaign uses street theater to bring attention to the influence of corporate money on politicians and elections.
Neto's Tucson: Incarceration costs undercut state's well-being   (Arizona Daily Star)
The editor of Tucson's Spanish-language newspaper weighs in on why Arizona should stop expanding the prison system and highlight's AFSC's work to make this happen.

Jan 21, 2015

Dreaming and working for a real democracy after Citizens United ruling   (Cleveland Plain Dealer)
Op ed from AFSC's Greg Coleridge on the anniversary of the Citizens United decision and how corporate influence in politics undermines democracy.
Why Is This Man Claiming Sanctuary From the Feds in a Church?   (Newsweek)
Arturo Herndandez Garcia was acquitted on all charges for defending himself from a racist attack, but now the U.S. is trying to deport him. AFSC is trying to stop that from happening.

Jan 20, 2015

Local youth activists hold ‘Day of action against police violence’   (Louisiana Weekly)
AFSC partners with young activists and African American fraternities and sororities to host a "Day of Action to End Police Violence" in New Orleans.

Jan 19, 2015

Group to support family, other programs   (Herald-Dispatch)
AFSC's West Virginia Economic Justice Project works with the Out Children Our Future campaign to protect funding for children, families, and the environment.

Jan 18, 2015

Unique deal to detain migrants nets Eloy $438,000   (AZ Central)
The federal government is paying an Arizona city to manage a for-profit prison in Texas. AFSC's Caroline Isaacs speaks out against the plan.
Money Trail: Trained in bird-dogging, voters learn to press candidates   (Concord Monitor)
AFSC trains "bird dogs" to press presidential candidates about the influence of corporate money on public policy.

Jan 17, 2015

The state of felony disenfranchisement in America   (MSNBC)
As President Obama prepares for his 2015 State of the Union address, AFSC's Lewis Webb reflects on the millions of U.S. citizens who are barred from the polls because of their criminal records.

Jan 16, 2015

Greensboro march focuses on police behavior   (Greensboro News and Record)
Communities gather on Martin Luther King Day to protest police brutality and racial profiling at a rally organized by AFSC.
Activist groups hold protest against immigration policy   (Miami Herald)
Members of AFSC and others hold a demonstration in Miami to stand with immigrant communities and to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
As Bush and Romney Battle, Can Rand Paul Sneak Through In New Hampshire?   (Bloomberg)
AFSC's Arnie Alpert questions presidential candidate Rand Paul about corporate investment in militarism and war.
Arturo Hernandez Garcia: "I'm Fighting for Many Families"   (Public News Service)
Despite legal setbacks, Garcia--who has taken sanctuary in a Denver church--continues his struggle to remain in the U.S. and to change policies that put immigrants at risk.

Jan 15, 2015

Organizers say Northampton Martin Luther King Jr. Day observances especially timely this year   (Daily Hampshire Gazette)
AFSC's 30th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration Monday helps local residents grapple with racism and injustice in the wake of national unrest over police violence.
My Turn: One person, one vote   (Concord Monitor)
Op ed by AFSC's Arnie Alpert talks voting rights, the Citizens United decision, and the legacy of Martin Luther King.
Immigration vote sends chilling message to those facing deportation   (Denver Post)
Immigrant rights activists are undeterred in the face of a new anti-immigrant bill that recently passed through the Republican-controlled House of Representatives.
Changing relations of police, minorities   (Atlanta Journal Constitution)
Op ed by AFSC's Kamau Franklin about police violence, racism, and the growing youth-led movement for social change.
Atlanta youth activists to rally, march against police violence   (Atlanta Journal Constitution)
On Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday, youth activists plan rally and march to Atlanta City Hall to demand police accountability and racial justice.

Jan 14, 2015

Family holds rally for immigrant staying in church   (NBC9)
Arturo Hernandez, who has taken sanctuary in a church basement with the help of AFSC, is denied a stay of deportation even though he would likely qualify for Obama's "deferred action for parents" program.
Targets no more -- ending bad policing   (Charleston Gazette)
This op ed from Kamau Franklin explores the relationship between racism and police violence, and talks about what young people across the south are doing to make change.

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