“When you went in the mines as a miner, you knew you were giving your health up in order to put food on the table,” [former coal miner Chuck Nelson] said.
Nelson’s had numerous surgeries to battle his health problems, but he says mountaintop coal mining’s effect on others is what caused him to change his views.
“When it starts affecting the innocent people, elderly, children, women, communities in general, when you start seeing enormous health impacts due to industrial waste from coal mines, I have to take sides,” Nelson said.
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The MCC Washington Office August Immigration Legislative Update has been posted to the main immigration page. You can access it directly here.
The MCC Washington Office website now includes resources, a faith reflection and policy suggestions on Haiti.
Here’s an excerpt:
The 7.3 magnitude earthquake that hit Haiti on January 12th, 2010 killed approximately 300,000 people, injured 300,000 more, displaced almost one million and resulted in the reverse migration of over 600,000 to the countryside. It is estimated that between 35-50% of Haiti’s GDP was lost as a result of the quake and it will take Haiti years to recover from the devastation.
The extent of the earthquake’s devastation was a direct result of economic injustice.
The MCC Washington Office is inviting submissions for our 11th annual high school essay contest. This year’s grand prize is a trip to Washington, DC, including a visit to the winner’s congressional office. Students can choose to write on either international debt relief or U.S. housing, and all essays must be submitted by December 18.
The contest is open to Mennonite, Brethren in Christ and other Anabaptist youth of high school age, and to all youth who attend Mennonite high schools. More information is available at washington.mcc.org.
The Preventing Gun Violence Guide, which was announced yesterday, is now available for order through the MCC store. The guide is free, plus a modest shipping cost.
The MCC Washington Office is pleased to announce the release of a new, 16-page advocacy guide to gun violence prevention. This free guide is available from the MCC Store.
You can also view a printable version on our website in PDF format.
The guide includes:
- An overview — including statistics — about gun violence in the United States.
- A faith reflection on Christian views concerning violence and self-defense.
- A summary of policies that can drastically cut the number of illegally trafficked guns in the United States, which will lead ta a reduction in the number of firearm-related deaths.
- A handbook on contacting your federal and state policymakers about gun violence, complete with hints and tips.