Issues

December 2, 2019 U.S. says it does not see Israeli settlements as illegal On November 18 the U.S. announced that it no longer considers Israeli settlements in the West Bank to necessarily be illegal under international law. The move is the latest in a series of actions benefiting Israel, including relocating the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem and…

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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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October 31, 2019 Read in Spanish More border wall construction as spending debates continue Congress passed a continuing resolution last month to keep the federal government running until November 21. Another continuing resolution until December or into 2020 is likely. One significant point of debate continues to be funding for more border walls. In Fiscal Year 2019,…

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