November 2019

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Taha Mqat, his wife and seven children have watched their home be destroyed or damaged by Israeli bombs three times. The family lives in Gaza, a strip of land that is 139 square miles — about the size of Detroit. Gaza is home to 1.8 million people, who have endured three military conflicts between Israel…

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Marian Wright Edelman, founder of the Children’s Defense Fund, is quoted as saying, “Education is for improving the lives of others and for leaving your community and world better than you found it.” Congress continues to discuss the possibility of passing the Restoring Education and Learning (REAL) Act, which would provide access to Pell Grants…

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Today 26 national-level Christian leaders released a letter in support of H.R. 2407, the “Promoting Human Rights for Palestinian Children Living Under Israeli Military Occupation Act.”  J Ron Byler, executive director of Mennonite Central Committee U.S., is one of the signers. The letter says: As faith leaders who deeply care about the well-being of children…

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Advocacy network members meet in Washington In mid-October, members of our office’s Volunteer Advocacy Coordinators Network met in Washington. Participants met with 13 congressional offices, with many of them focusing on the need to reduce funding for immigrant detention, deportations and border walls. Members also shared updates on the advocacy work they are doing in their…

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