Action Alerts

Since the beginning of the civil war in 2011, instability has been the governing force in the lives of many Syrians. While local and international powers have compounded the civil war with their own interests and sectarian conflicts have sprung up around the fray, Syria’s people continue to be threatened by mortar attacks, missile strikes, chemical weapons, and violence…

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August 30, 2017 Read in Spanish. “DACA is a blessing. God has given it to you, so use it. Go to school and turn that blessing outwardly and bless your community, your church and your family.” – Dmarcos, MCC client and DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) recipient “He didn’t speak much English. He didn’t come from…

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Funding bills for 2018 moving forward On July 27, the House of Representatives passed a “security minibus” set of spending bills for fiscal year 2018. It includes $1.6 billion for 70 miles of additional physical barriers along the southwest border with Mexico. House leadership added the border wall money in such a way that no separate vote was…

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Welcoming the newcomer June 20 marked World Refugee Day, at a time when a record 65 million people around the word have been forced from home. But the U.S. continues to be less than welcoming to newcomers. Last week the House passed legislation cracking down on “sanctuary cities,” as well as a bill to stiffen penalties for…

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Ministry of reconciliation: U.S.-North Korea relations It is a turbulent time of rising hostili­ties on the Korean peninsula. The 70-year division between the Korean people is one of the most tragic in history. The war remains unresolved between North Korea, the U.S. and South Korea, and little progress has been made toward a new future.…

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Last night the U.S. launched airstrikes against a Syrian military installation, an act of war against the Syrian government, without debate or approval by the U.S. Congress or U.N. Security Council. President Trump said the airstrikes were in retaliation for a chemical weapons attack in Idlib earlier this week. The U.S. had already been increasing…

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Yesterday Mennonite Central Committee U.S. issued a call to welcome immigrants and refugees, decrying the executive actions taken by the president this week. Read the statement and consider taking action: Call the White House and your members of Congress. Write a letter to the editor of your local newspaper. Sample text is available here. Join us in…

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