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Help us pass criminal justice reforms! President Donald Trump recently voiced his support for a bipartisan criminal justice bill, a revised First Step Act that would provide sentencing and prison reforms. The First Step Act would curb mandatory minimums for many low-level drug crimes, providing judges with more discretion over individual cases. The bill also aims to eliminate the…

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Ariana Martinez Lott organizes advocacy events about immigration in her home community of Fresno, California, with the encouragement of a year-old advocacy network organized by the Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) U.S. Washington Office. In the past year, Martinez Lott has led several initiatives to educate nearby churches and her broader community on immigration, including a…

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Read in Spanish. Central American migrant caravan A caravan of about 7,000 Central American migrants entered Mexico in mid-October. Though this caravan is unusually large, such caravans are common as, by travelling in groups, migrants are less likely to be victims of violence or other crimes. Many are fleeing violence and poverty in their home communities. Others…

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Leading us in right paths: U.S.-Nigeria policy The U.S. response to Nigeria, as it faces multi-layered violent conflicts and armed actors threatening the nation’s unity, has primarily been to provide military assistance. This approach is counterproductive and has spawned additional violence. This issue of the Washington Memo provides an overview of U.S.-Nigeria policy and suggests strategies to…

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Announcing our high school essay contest We are now accepting submissions for the annual high school essay contest! This year’s topics include: Gun violence Immigration North Korea Anabaptist youth who are of high school age within the U.S. and Puerto Rico are eligible to enter and win up to $750! The deadline for submitting essays…

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Engage with candidates During the month of August, members of the House will return to their home states, with senators returning for a shorter period of time (Aug. 6-14). This is a great time to set up meetings or attend local events with elected officials and candidates. Prepare for this year’s election with our 2018 election resource.…

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A closed door to newcomers After separating more than 2,000 children from parents seeking refuge at the U.S.-Mexico border, President Trump issued an executive order to stop the separations. But families are still facing hurdles in being reunited and the president’s subsequent declaration that asylum seekers should not be able to have their cases heard in court is a…

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