Events

The MCC U.S. Washington Office celebrates 50 years! This summer, our office will celebrate 50 years since its founding in 1968. This spring’s special edition of our print newsletter takes a look back at the Washington Office’s work over the past 50 years. Read it here or download the PDF version. Join us Tuesday, July 17 as we celebrate…

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Read in Spanish.  Family separation at the border “Wouldn’t you feel anguish if they took your kids? I’d be going crazy. It’s inhumane.”–Public defender in McAllen, Texas “[Attorney General Jeff] Sessions is a law-and-order man who believes he is protecting our country. I’m a man, a son, a father and a writer who worries about…

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On May 9, pastors Nehemiah Chigoji, from Upland (Calif.) Peace Church, and Hilaire Louis Jean, from Church of God Prince of Peace in Miami, joined about 30 faith leaders from 21 states, to advocate for an increase in funding for poverty-focused, humanitarian and peacebuilding programs. Their meetings were part of a broader effort by the…

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Reconciliation on the Korean Peninsula The leaders of North Korea (Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, or DPRK) and South Korea met April 27 in a historic summit that offers hope for steps towards reconciliation on the Korean Peninsula. As President Trump and the leader of North Korea, Kim Jong-un, move closer to a summit in…

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2018 Essay contest winners announced Saige Lind, a high school sophomore who attends Seattle Mennonite Church, has earned the grand prize of $1,000 in the Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) U.S. Washington Office annual essay contest for her essay on mass incarceration that highlights the ways that people of color have been targeted by the war…

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Read in Spanish.  Dreamers, border walls and the budget With the continuing budget resolution due to expire on Friday, Congress is close to finalizing a budget deal for Fiscal Year 2018. The deal reportedly contains $1.6 billion for border security including 33 miles of new “fencing.” Not included is funding the White House had requested for 10,000…

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Addressing gun violence On February 14, a 19-year-old gunman killed seventeen students at a Florida high school with an AR-15 assault rifle. This tragedy, like many others, has led to renewed discussions about federal gun laws. President Trump and others have suggested arming teachers and school officials with weapons. After receiving a backlash from students at…

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