Civil Rights

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The United States currently incarcerates an estimated 2.2 million people, a staggering amount given the total global prison population. While the U.S. has only 5 percent of the world’s population, we have 25 percent of the world’s incarcerated prison population. This disparity has attracted interest in recent years. However, too often another aspect of our…

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Recently a group of Anabaptists have put together a phenomenal resource about the Doctrine of Discovery and its legacy with Anabaptists: http://dofdmenno.org/ The term “Doctrine of Discovery” refers to the “philosophical  and  legal  framework dating  to the 15th century that gave Christian governments moral and legal rights to invade and seize Indigenous lands and dominate…

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Announcing our annual high school essay contest! The annual MCC U.S. Washington Office essay contest highlights the perspectives of youth on significant public policy issues and promotes the involvement of young people in faithful witness to government authorities.  The contest is open to Mennonite, Brethren in Christ and other Anabaptist youth of high school age…

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After last night’s massacre of nine men and women at Emmanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina, Ewuare Osayande, Anti-Oppression Coordinator for Mennonite Central Committee U.S., published the following reflection: As Anti-Oppression Coordinator with Mennonite Central Committee, U.S., I stand with many others across this nation whose hearts are filled with grief in…

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A joint publication released in September 2012 by Lutheran World Relief (LWR) and Latin America Working Group Education Fund (LAWGEF) estimates 360,000 families on the Caribbean Coast of Colombia have been forced from their land due to violence. Representatives from these organizations travelled to Colombia this June to assess progress of Colombia’s Victims’ and Land…

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Under Tents, an international campaign for housing rights in Haiti, released a housing brief this week highlighting the facts on the country’s internally-displaced persons (IDPs). Thirty-three months after the earthquake, over 369 000 Haitians are estimated to be living in tent camps. Designed as temporary housing for the 1.5 million people left homeless following the earthquake, almost…

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