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As they slowly waved to me, I felt like a free black person in the North riding by my enslaved brothers and sisters on a southern plantation. I recently visited Angola State Penitentiary in Louisiana as part of a “pipeline to prison learning tour” sponsored by Mennonite Central Committee Central States. The Louisiana State Penitentiary…

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Last call for essays! January 27 is the deadline for submissions to our annual high school essay contest! Essays should focus on one of the following topics: gun violence, Colombia or immigration. Grand prize is $1,000, with three honorable mention prizes of $500 each. The winners will be announced in late March. Click here to…

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At this time of year the hearts and minds of many Christians turn toward the “little town” of Bethlehem. Bethlehem still exists today as a Palestinian city in the West Bank, under Israeli military occupation. But recently the little “town” of Amona has been getting more attention. Amona is an “outpost,” housing about 40 families…

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During the tumultuous campaign season, the 24-hour news cycle of U.S. politics hardly reported on anything but the election. However, if you seek out international news, you likely heard about the volatile peace accord vote in Colombia one month ahead of U.S. elections. While many in Colombia do support an end to the conflict, a…

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Transitions are always difficult. Eight years ago when President Obama came into office, many immigration advocates had an abundance of hope. Obama had campaigned with very immigrant-friendly rhetoric and expectations were high. Those hopes quickly turned to frustration as, in his first year in office, deportations increased. Although in 2012 Obama protected some from deportation…

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