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Offering sanctuary

From the Jan.-Feb. 1983 Memo: In Brooklyn, New York, the United Revival Mennonite Church (Iglesia Menonita de Avivamiento) became the first Mennonite church to become a sanctuary….Since then, several Mennonite groups have become actively involved in both the sanctuary and underground railroad for Salvadoran and Guatemalan refugees….In the newly convened Congress, an opportunity exists to…

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Jubilee 2000

I worked in the MCC Washington Office from 1995 to 2005. The Congressional office visits we made for the Jubilee 2000 Campaign were especially gratifying. Initially Congress was hostile to the idea of cancelling the international debts of low-income countries. But the Campaign-inspired grassroots mobilization across the U.S. changed that. For example, I asked a…

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Portfolios

Urge diplomacy with North Korea, not war

Tell President Trump to stop escalating threats against North Korea (Democratic People’s Republic of Korea). Background: In recent days the threats between the U.S. and North Korea have grown extremely worrisome, with President Trump threatening “fire and fury,” saying that U.S. military “solutions” are “locked and loaded” and North Korea threatening to launch a missile towards Guam.…

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Urge President Trump and members of Congress to protect women and children from Central America

Action: Send a letter to President Trump and your members of Congress urging them to ensure that the federal government response to mothers and children seeking safety in the U.S. is compassionate and humane. Background: In recent years, there has been an increase in mothers with children – and teenagers traveling without family – coming…

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