Jarrah Masalmeh was 15 years old when he was arrested at 2 am by Israeli soldiers at his home in the West Bank. Charged with throwing stones, he was locked up for nine months.
Photo: Jarrah Masalmeh, now 18, in the barbershop he runs below his family home. MCC photo/Meghan Mast.
Immigration: The Trump administration announced that Temporary Protected Status will end for Haitians in 18 months and for Nicaraguans in 12 months. Debates over a year-end federal spending deal include whether protections for DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) recipients, such as those provided by the Dream Act, will be added. The tax bills passed by the House and Senate would prevent many parents from claiming undocumented children, including Dreamers, on their taxes. Read more in the November immigration update.
North Korea (DPRK): Bipartisan, bicameral (House and Senate) legislation has been introduced as tensions continue to escalate between the U.S. and DPRK. The No Unconstitutional Strike Against North Korea Act has more than 60 co-sponsors who want to ensure that military action is not taken against North Korea without the approval of Congress and to prohibit any use of funds for such a strike.
Hope disrupting hostility (North Korea)
“I will not forget you” (DR Congo)
The nightmare of military detention (Palestine and Israel)
January 13 and 19: Faithful Advocacy for Criminal Justice Reform (Lancaster, Pa.) event | Register here.
January 15: Mass Incarceration Service Day (Philadelphia). Register or donate items for prison care kits here.
April 20-23: Registration is now open for Ecumenical Advocacy Days‘ 2018 national gathering in Washington, D.C.
On November 13, Cherelle Dessus and others in the Interfaith Criminal Justice Coalition organized a press conference in the sixth district of VA to urge Rep. Goodlatte to move on criminal justice reform.
Charissa Zehr was a panelist at the Peace on the Korean Peninsula seminar November 13-15, sponsored by the United Methodist General Board of Church and Society, sharing MCC’s perspective on faithful advocacy and humanitarian engagement in North Korea (DPRK).
On Nov. 20, Rachelle attended a consultation convened by Everence and Mennonite Church USA, following up on the “Seeking Peace in Israel and Palestine” resolution.
On November 26, Charissa spoke at Oak Grove Mennonite Church (Smithville, Ohio) on the root causes of migration in Central America.