U.S. Economic Justice

When we envision hunger in the world, it is not usually our own communities that we picture. Yet reports from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) tell a different story. Hunger not only exists in the U.S., it is common. Yet the United States is one of the largest agricultural exporters. One helpful concept…

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Duane Beachey of MCC Great Lakes SWAP program, writes about poverty in Appalachia and the complex relationship between economic development and resource extraction interests. What struck me most living in Appalachia was not the poverty, which I expected, but the wealth that goes out of these counties. In 2010, a billion dollars worth of coal…

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Jesse Epp-Fransen writes about the the Hunger Report put out by Bread for the World and the need to refocus  farm policy on producing healthy food and supporting small- and medium scale farmers in the latest Mennonite Weekly Review. The 2008 farm bill is expiring and will need to be reauthorized this year. This is…

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MCC U.S. Executive Director Ron Byler leads a prayer vigil across from the Capitol. Also speaking from the MCC Washington Office are Pastor in Residence Earl Zimmerman, Legislative Assistant Patricia Kisare, Intern Emily Wilson-Hauger, Intern Heather Sell, and Legislative Assistant and Communications Coordinator Jesse Epp-Fransen.

The MCC Washington Office, along with other Washington area religious organizations, is participating in the Faithful Budget Campaign. This campaign calls on legislators to recognize the federal budget as a moral document that demonstrates our national values and as such should care for the disadvantaged, both within our borders, and around the world. On November…

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The MCC Washington Office is inviting submissions for our annual high school essay contest.  This year’s grand prize is $300 with three regional winners each receiving $100. Students can choose to write on domestic violence; the wealth gap in the United States; global poverty; or faith, values and voting. All essays must be submitted by…

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