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The U.S. Senate has finally acknowledged that climate change is real. On January 21, as part of the debate on the Keystone XL pipeline, the Senate passed an amendment by a vote of 98 to 1 stating, “It is the sense of the Senate that climate change is real and not a hoax.” Two other…

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Last week I was privileged to visit the U.S.-Mexico border as part of the Advisory Council of the Peace & Justice Support Network of Mennonite Church USA. We were in Douglas, Arizona, and Agua Prieta, Mexico. We heard from migrants who had been recently deported from the U.S. and also met with church members and…

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Haiti tent camp

Five years after the disastrous Haitian earthquake, problems still abound. Many tout a large decrease in tent camps, but today more than 85,000 people inhabit remaining camps. This estimate does not account for the informal settlement of Canaan, where up to 200,000 live on the outskirts of town without water, electricity or other basic infrastructure.…

Read more Housing Crisis in Haiti

Haiti tent camp

On Monday, November 24, the MCC U.S. Washington Office hosted a conference entitled “Fooling the Sun, Not Fooling the Rain: Housing and Shelter in Haiti 5 Years After the Earthquake.” The event was held at George Washington University’s Elliot School of International Affairs, where MCC partnered with Church World Service to bring together Haitian activists, officials,…

Read more Fooling The Sun, Not Fooling The Rain