The MCC Washington Office recently hosted members of our new network of “volunteer advocacy coordinators” in D.C. for training, networking and advocacy. During their time in D.C., they met with MCC Washington Office staff, discussed policy, and met with their congressional offices.
The network is an effort to increase advocacy throughout the U.S. through engagement with our office. Coordinators will stay in regular communication with each other and the Washington Office staff as they help lead advocacy efforts in their communities.
Immigration:The White House is insisting on more border security and enforcement spending as part of any deal to pass the Dream Act. Immigration enforcement raids have been targeting sanctuary cities. With new restrictions placed on refugee resettlement the U.S. will welcome a record-low number of refugees in the coming year. Another family has been impacted by immigration enforcement operations targeting a children’s hospital – this time a young girl with cerebral palsy (take action). Find more immigration policy updates in the October immigration update.
Gun policy: During Sunday morning service, at a small Baptist church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, 26 people were killed and at least 20 more were wounded by a gunman with a military-style rifle. This shooting is just one of many senseless shootings that have occurred in recent months. We must encourage our policymakers to support common-sense gun laws. Preventing gun violence | The right to safety
More than just solidarity (migration)
On October 3-6, Cherelle spoke to classes at Bethel College (North Newton, Kan.) and Tabor College (Hillsboro, Kan.) and led participants at First Mennonite Church in Hutchinson, Kan. through a mass incarceration learning tool.
On October 16, Rachelle helped to host Rep. Lloyd Smucker (R-Pa.) for a tour of MCC’s Material Resources Center in Ephrata, Pa. Photo on right.
Tammy, Cherelle and Rachelle attended program meetings October 16-17 in Akron, Pa. National and regional MCC staff gathered to plan domestic programs for the upcoming year.
Cherelle attended the Anabaptist Communicators Retreat in Laurelville, Pa. on October 18-20.
Tammy spoke about federal immigration policy issues with the Constituency Leaders’ Council (CLC) of Mennonite Church USA on October 21 in Kansas City.
On October 24, Charles spoke about Nigeria’s emerging conflict dynamics to a group of former MCC workers, who had served as teachers in Plateau and Benue states in Nigeria in the 1970s and ’80s.
On October 29, Rachelle spoke in a Sunday School class at Hyattsville (Md.) Mennonite Church about MCC’s anti-racism work.