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Don’t Native Americans Count?

In advocacy, statistics are often used to convey messages. We use them when speaking about levels of homelessness, unemployment, incarceration, obesity, violence and many other issues facing the 320 million people living in the U.S. In these statistics, we often fail to include Native Americans. Although Native Americans are the original inhabitants of what we…

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A response to President Trump’s comments

President Trump’s derogatory comments yesterday about Haiti, El Salvador and countries throughout Africa are deeply offensive and expose the racist undertones of anti-immigrant sentiment in the United States. His comments not only disparage and demean entire countries and an entire continent full of people, they also ignore the many contributions made by immigrants from those…

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Washington E-Memo

Prophetic witness: A look back at 2017 and ahead to 2018 The most recent issue of our newsletter reviews our work on a variety of issues of 2017 and looks ahead to what we can expect in 2018. Read the full issue on our blog! Policy updates Federal budget: Just before wrapping up in December, Congress passed a “continuing…

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Portfolios

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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Tell Congress: Oppose the Israel Anti-Boycott Act

Ask your members of Congress to oppose the Israel Anti-Boycott Act (H.R. 1697, S. 720). Background: Earlier this month leaders representing 17 Christian organizations and denominations, including MCC U.S. and Mennonite Church USA, sent a letter to all members of Congress calling on them to oppose the Israel Anti-Boycott Act. The bills (H.R. 1697, S.720), which were introduced in…

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Tell Congress to support the Dream Act

Action: Urge your members of Congress to support the Dream Act Background: On Sept. 5, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program will be terminated in six months. The DACA program has provided protection from deportation and work permits to nearly 800,000 youth and young adults who were brought to the U.S.…

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