The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK/North Korea) is probably one of the most mysterious and least visited places in the world for North Americans. Even for many U.S. policymakers, DPRK is often seen through a political cloud of fear and presented as an unknowable and unpredictable enemy. For the U.S. government, the label of…

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Peace Club members at Muhammadu Abdullahi Wase Islamic Secondary School in Wase Plateau State, Nigeria

Across the globe, the importance of young people and their involvement in a sustainable future is both evident and indispensable. People under 30 now make up the majority of the world’s population. About 600 million of these young people live in areas affected by conflict and instability. Last year, the United Nations Security Council adopted…

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Faith leaders and immigrant rights advocates rallied for #Not1More deportation outside the White House on July 31, 2014.

Recently the U.S. Senate considered two bills related to immigration enforcement. Both bills were introduced in response to the death of Kate Steinle who was shot while walking on a pier in San Francisco last year. Reports indicate the man who shot Steinle, Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez, was not aiming at her but was firing recklessly and…

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A delegation from Iowa that included Gloria Villatoro, wife of Pastor Max and pastor at Iglesia Torre Fuerte; David Boshart, Executive Conference Minister for Central Plains Mennonite Conference; and attorney David Leopold came to Washington, DC on March 20-21 to advocate for Pastor Max Villatoro's return to the U.S.  Participants were able to lift up the Villatoros’ specific story and connect it to wider issues around U.S. immigration policy. Prayer vigil outside of the White House.

Political rhetoric around immigration sometimes creates categories of good and bad immigrants — those who should be welcomed into the United States and those who should be kept out. President Obama embraced this rhetoric with his “felons, not families” policy, insisting that his administration focuses on deporting those with criminal convictions, not those with family…

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Israeli security forces arrest a Palestinian youth in Jabel Mukaber, a Palestinian neighbourhood of East Jerusalem, as they search for Palestinian activists who apparently threw firebombs at the police following heavy clashes, on September 18, 2015. Israeli authorities started building a wall there to create a buffer for an adjacent Jewish neighbourhood where "there is a history of stone and firebomb throwing at Jewish homes and cars," according to the municipality. Concrete blocks and partitions have been set up around the Palestinian neighbourhood of Jabel Mukaber, which came under the spotlight earlier this month when police said the killers of three Israelis were residents of the area. AFP PHOTO / AHMAD GHARABLI

In the documentary “Detaining Dreams,” Abed, a 15-year-old Palestinian, tells how he was arrested by Israeli soldiers at gunpoint in his home while sleeping and then was taken away, handcuffed and blindfolded. While in detention he was beaten, interrogated and placed in solitary confinement before eventually being released on bail. Abed’s story is not unique.…

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On Friday, June 24, the Supreme Court reached a 4-4 tie on President Obama’s 2014 executive action for immigrants, meaning that the injunction on the DAPA and expanded DACA programs will remain in effect for the time being. The MCC Washington Office statement on the verdict is below. For more information, here are two helpful…

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