Legislative Updates

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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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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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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Read in Spanish.  “As Republicans, whose party has consistently and rightly advanced policies to support the essential role of families in America, we are deeply troubled by the harm that is about to be done to hundreds of thousands of families that have legally called America home for more than two decades.”—John Kasich and Jeb…

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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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New legislation addresses detention of Palestinian children Jarrah Masalmeh was 15 years old when he was arrested at 2 am by Israeli soldiers at his home in the West Bank. Charged with throwing stones, he was locked up for nine months. Unfortunately Jarrah’s story is not unusual. Each year Israel detains hundreds of Palestinian youth, many of whom are subject…

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