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By Charissa Zehr Democracy, transparency and good governance become catchphrases during political campaigns and election cycles. In Haiti, these issues contribute to the deepening debate around mining. As the legitimacy of Haiti’s government continues to be questioned, some of Mennonite Central Committee’s partner organizations have expressed concerns that a proposed mining law could be passed…

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Last week, President Santos of Colombia visited Washington for high-level meetings with the Obama Administration. Most notably he was in town to “celebrate” the wonders of Plan Colombia that the U.S. heavily funded for 15 years with bi-partisan support. But many organizations that have worked in Colombia with local partners for years, before and during the…

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By Joshua Russell There are a plethora of injustices that need to be reformed in the U.S. criminal justice system. From harsh mandatory minimums to the many restrictions that are placed on people after their return from prison, reforms are desperately needed at every level. But it would be foolish and dangerous to undertake these…

Read more Race and mass incarceration

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By Joshua Russell How a country spends its money says a great deal about the direction it is going, the values it embraces, and which citizens are exercising the greatest influence. One way to determine a country’s priorities is to examine how it spends its money. In the United States, one of the largest and longest-standing…

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Seedlings getting ready for transplant at at MCC partner KMTC (Kulima Mbobumi Training Center) in Zimbabwe.

World Food Day is October 16th this year!  Our office has several resources that you and your congregation can use to learn more about global hunger and food security. This bulletin insert has links to the work MCC does on food security and information from our office.  It’s short, simple, and easy to distribute to…

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In recent weeks there have been a number of stories in the media about the “war on cops” or the “war on police”.  Several recent, tragic deaths of police officers in different parts of the country have been used as evidence that police are under a greater threat now than they were in the past. …

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