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The U.S. has the highest incarceration rate in the world. How did it get there? By targeting communities of color, tapping into the for-profit private prison industry, and maintaining harsh sentencing laws and prison conditions. Agnes Chen highlights some of these issues in her latest Mennonite World Review article: The prison industrial complex also thrives…

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Today MCC U.S. joined 10 other Christian organizations and churches in calling for an immediate end to the violence–as well as its underlying causes–in Palestine and Israel. The letter states: As the situation continues to deteriorate, and horrendous death and destruction mount in Gaza, we are called by conscience to say, “Enough.” Sadly, the scenes that…

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There is more than enough food on this world to feed all seven billion people, yet one in every eight people goes hungry (“Hunger”). That means about 842 million people suffer from malnutrition and undernourishment. Every year, chronic hunger kills more people than malaria, tuberculosis, and AIDS combined (“Quick Facts”). The U.S. has been one…

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Mass incarceration in the United States is only increasing as people are being arrested for behaviors that previously would not merit jail time and serving longer sentences for them. The growing jail population is having negative effects socially and economically on the nation. An increased interest in the restorative justice approach has started to turn…

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This month, MCC Washington Office staff reflect on topics ranging from the passing of Nelson Mandela to ongoing peace efforts in Haiti, Palestine, and Israel. Be sure to check them out! Honoring Mandela by fighting global poverty by Patricia Kisare Hope in the time of gun violence by Agnes Chen Occupied Bethlehem by Rachelle Lyndaker…

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