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Let justice roll like a river: U.S. criminal justice policy Leading the world in incarceration, the U.S. struggles to find a balance between justice and punishment. Since the 1970s, the primary focus of criminal justice policy has been getting criminals off the streets. This has led to a great increase in the number of prisoners,…

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When her amendment sailed through the House Appropriations Committee last month, even Rep. Barbara Lee, a California Democrat, was surprised. For more than a decade, she has been trying unsuccessfully to get Congress to debate the use of military force. Soon after the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, Congress passed legislation authorizing the use of…

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Announcing our high school essay contest The MCC Washington Office is now accepting submissions for the annual high school essay contest! This year’s topics include: Climate change Foreign assistance Mass incarceration Anabaptist youth who are of high school age within the U.S. and Puerto Rico are eligible to enter and win up to $1,000! The…

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August 30, 2017 Read in Spanish. “DACA is a blessing. God has given it to you, so use it. Go to school and turn that blessing outwardly and bless your community, your church and your family.” – Dmarcos, MCC client and DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) recipient “He didn’t speak much English. He didn’t come from…

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In a recent statement, Mennonite Central Committee U.S. addressed the events that took place in Charlottesville, VA. on Saturday, August 12. Andrew Wright, of the MCC Central States region, composed the statement with the consultation of other staff and board members. “Mennonite Central Committee is a worldwide ministry of Anabaptist churches that shares God’s love…

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July 31, 2017 Read in Spanish Updates and news Examples of individuals and communities welcoming immigrants: Harrisonburg, Virginia; Lancaster County, Pennsylvania; Mancos, Colorado; and New York, New York. Raids on sponsors of unaccompanied minors: U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is targeting the parent/guardian sponsors of unaccompanied minors seeking asylum and has pledged to charge them with criminal smuggling if they paid someone to…

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Funding bill signed The U.S. Congress reached an agreement for funding the federal government for the remainder of fiscal year 2017 in a deal that was signed into law on May 5. The bill did not include money to begin construction of a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border, nor did it include major cuts to…

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