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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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“A $25 billion boondoggle is not only an outlandish waste of taxpayers’ money, but is also not a smart investment in border security or what families and communities in New Mexico want or need.”—New Mexico senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich “It’s tough. I want to say yes to getting more protection. But I can’t.…

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Dreamers, border walls and the budget To keep the government running past Thursday, Congress will need to find agreement on several issues including how to protect nearly 700,000 immigrants known as “Dreamers” from deportation. To end a government shutdown last month, Senate leaders promised to allow a vote on Dreamer legislation by February 8. A White House proposalincludes…

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Prophetic witness: A look back at 2017 and ahead to 2018 The most recent issue of our newsletter reviews our work on a variety of issues of 2017 and looks ahead to what we can expect in 2018. Read the full issue on our blog! Policy updates Federal budget: Just before wrapping up in December, Congress passed a “continuing…

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President Trump’s announcement earlier this week that the U.S. officially recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, without any corresponding acknowledgment of the city’s significance for Palestinians, is dismaying and will set back the already-struggling efforts for peace in the region. Palestinian Christian leaders in Jerusalem caution that “such steps will yield increased hatred, conflict,…

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