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You can read the full story about the contest on mcc.org.  Below are excerpts from the winning essays. Excerpts from the overall winner, Jared Knepper, a senior at Shalom Christian Academy in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania: Through the excessive pursuit of drugs and the addition of over 1,400 new federal laws in approximately 25 years (Fasman), incarceration…

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By Sarah Augustine I am an Indigenous woman. I was raised to value humility, and to put the needs of my community before my own needs. I was taught that thrift and simple living concretely express care for creation and neighbor. A legacy of religious persecution handed down in story taught me to value my…

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Drones are one of the most popular innovations that new technology has brought us in our society today. Drones can be put to many uses such as crop monitoring and resource management. Armed drones, however, have been used by the U.S. government to wreak havoc in various corners of the globe. Civilian casualties, such as…

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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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This spring, MCC invites you to come join us in Washington, DC for Ecumenical Advocacy Days.  The event will take place from April 17-20, and focuses on mass incarceration and reform of the U.S. criminal justice system.  EAD will feature dynamic speakers, workshops, seminars, and the opportunity to lobby your personal congressmen and women beginning…

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Eliza Wilkins, a senior at Christopher Dock High School in Lansdale, Pa. spent four days in our office as part of a “job shadow” opportunity. Following are some excerpts from her reflections on the experience: Kind of like the blue, silver, and orange Metro routes, three themes ran through my time at Mennonite Central Committee’s…

Read more Metros and messages: Reflections from a high school student in MCC’s Washington Office