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A key to our changing climate

A recent study published by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change predicts a bleak future if nothing is done by governments and individuals to curb climate change. Vulnerable communities around the world are already experiencing the negative impacts of a changing climate, including drought, flooding, famine and increased natural disasters, all of which also contribute to migration…

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Washington E-Memo

  Central American migrant caravan A caravan of about 7,000 Central American migrants entered Mexico in mid-October. Though this caravan is unusually large, traveling together is common as migrants are less likely to be victims of violence in a bigger group. Most are fleeing violence and poverty in their home communities. As with previous caravans, many people…

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Today’s scapegoats

We have a long history in the United States of blaming immigrants — whether German, Irish, Catholic, Chinese or, more recently, Hispanic and Muslim — for society’s ills. Immigrants are called criminal and morally corrupt when, in fact, the crime rate for immigrants is much less than for U.S.-born citizens. Immigrants are set up as…

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Portfolios

Tell Congress to publicly support diplomacy with North Korea (Democratic People’s Republic of Korea)

Write to Congress Background: As President Trump and the leader of North Korea, Kim Jong-un, move closer to a summit in the coming weeks, there is mounting pressure for a “breakthrough” between the two leaders. However, we must recognize that progress may be slow after years of frozen diplomacy and this summit is one vital step…

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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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Tell your lawmaker to support Palestinian children’s rights

Encourage your representative to co-sponsor H.R. 4391, to end Israeli military abuses against Palestinian children. Background: Each year Israel detains hundreds of Palestinian youth, many of whom are subject to abuse and sometimes torture. Israel is the only country that systematically prosecutes youth in a military court system. The impact of these traumatizing experiences stays with the youth and their families for years to…

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