Washington E-Memo

Announcing our high school essay contest

The MCC Washington Office is now accepting submissions for the annual high school essay contest!

This year’s topics include:

  • Climate change
  • Foreign assistance
  • Mass incarceration

Anabaptist youth who are of high school age within the U.S. and Puerto Rico are eligible to enter and win up to $1,000! The deadline for submitting essays is January 26, 2018. Learn more.

Photo: Last year’s winner of the MCC Washington Office high school essay contest, Isabella Madrid, came to Capitol Hill with her family to talk with Senate offices about immigration policy. From left: Xiomara, Daniel, Isabella and Carlos Madrid. MCC photo/Tammy Alexander.


Policy updates

Criminal justice: Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that the Trump administration plans to allow state and local law enforcement to receive surplus military equipment. This program was stopped by former President Obama two years ago after the Ferguson (Mo.) protests following the death of Mike Brown. Read more.

DACA: U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program will be terminated in six months. This puts nearly 800,000 youth and young adults at risk of deportation and separation from their families. It is more important than ever that Congress pass the Dream Act to enshrine DACA protections into law. Action alert | Blog | Resources | Interview with The Mennonite

North Korea: The Trump administration published new travel restrictions for U.S. citizens entering North Korea (DPRK) that would invalidate a traveler’s passport, unless prior State Department approval is received. MCC submitted a public comment on the travel restrictions, explaining our long-standing commitment to helping vulnerable North Koreans and requesting travel permission to continue our humanitarian engagement in North Korea. Read more.


Recent articles

End to DACA program puts families at risk

The power of presence (Immigration)

Strangers in their own land (Syria)

War without end

U.S. travel restriction to North Korea creates obstacle to peace


Action alerts

Tell Congress to support the Dream Act

Urge diplomacy with North Korea, not war


Resources

August 31 MCC immigration update: English | Spanish

Vietnam: Learn more about MCC’s work in Vietnam and legislation addressing the legacy of Agent Orange

MCC U.S. Statement on white supremacy and racism


Staff updates

We said farewells to our two summer interns, Julian Brubaker and Daniel Friesen, who wrapped up their terms with us in August. Read articles by Julian and Daniel, and learn more about our internship program.

In August, Charissa Zehr traveled to Mexico with several other MCC advocacy staff to explore migration dynamics in central and southern Mexico. The group met with migrant shelters and MCC Mexico partner organizations that engage in human rights work.

On August 29-30, we were delighted to host staff from MCC’s advocacy offices in Ottawa and at the United Nations in New York. Learn more about their work: Ottawa | United Nations

Photo: MCC staff from the Washington, Ottawa and United Nations offices gather in D.C. MCC photo/Cherelle M. Dessus.

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