Issues

On April 30 and May 1, pastors Ry Siggelkow of Faith Mennonite Church in Minneapolis and Gordon Smith of Mennonite Community Church in Fresno, Calif. came to Washington, D.C. They joined other faith leaders in an annual event to advocate for increased foreign assistance, including poverty-focused development and emergency relief. Natural disasters such as cyclones…

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For many people who follow the political developments between the United States and North Korea, the disappointment after the Hanoi summit was palpable. Rumors had been circulating of a potential agreement that would bring an official end to the Korean War and potentially open liaison offices, generally a precursor to future embassies. As news leaked…

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Read in Spanish Number of families seeking asylum on the rise The number of families and individuals seeking asylum at the U.S.-Mexico border has continued to rise, stretching the capacity of border officials and nonprofits in the region. MCC signed on to a statement raising concerns with White House plans to cut foreign assistance to Central America, arguing that such an…

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Now that Nigeria’s 2019 general elections have concluded, President Mohammadu Buhari’s government will need to evaluate its policy priorities for the coming years. The country continues to face enormous humanitarian challenges that will require an urgent response from the Nigerian government and the international community. As of January, about 1.95 million people have been displaced…

Read more Nigeria: Prioritizing a humanitarian response

Rachel Leininger, a senior at Bethany Christian High School in Goshen, Indiana, has won the $750 top prize in the Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) U.S. Washington Office 2018-19 annual essay contest. Leininger’s essay, “Communication in Place of Isolation,” calls for the U.S. government to engage with the government of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea…

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