Sign-on Letters

Today 15 U.S. churches and Christian agencies, including MCC U.S., released a statement in response to the events in Gaza. The statement says, in part: More than 1.3 million of Gaza’s nearly 2 million people are refugees. The Gaza demonstrations are an assertion of Palestinian rights: the rights of refugees, the right to demonstrate peacefully…

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MCC U.S. joined other Christian denominations and organizations in a letter to members of Congress today, expressing serious concern regarding increasing U.S. arms sales and military aid to the Middle East. In Fiscal Year 2017 the amount of U.S. arms sales approved worldwide was a record-high $75.9 billion, doubling that of the previous year. Of…

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Today, MCC U.S. joined 14 other Christian organizations in sending a briefing paper to all members of Congress and to the Trump administration. The paper urges Congress and the administration “to take actions which will enhance the prospects for peace, justice, and equality in Israel and Palestine, and refrain from actions that would harm those…

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Peanuts have taken center stage in Haiti, after the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that a surplus of peanuts in the U.S. would be shipped to Haitian school children. It has ignited a lively debate between proponents of food assistance, Haitian development organizations and farmer coalitions, and international organizations with years of experience working…

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Six months since donors pledged $3.5 billion towards Gaza’s recovery, many people are worse off, according to a report issued earlier this week by 46 aid agencies, including Mennonite Central Committee. An estimated 100,000 people are still homeless and many are living in makeshift camps or schools. The report’s main recommendations are: End the cycle…

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Ron Byler of MCC U.S. and Ervin Stutzman of Mennonite Church USA joined other Christian leaders in a full-page ad in Roll Call yesterday, expressing support for the framework agreement with Iran. As Christian leaders in the United States, we welcome and support the Framework Agreement, announced by seven nations on April 2, to dramatically…

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J Ron Byler, executive director of Mennonite Central Committee U.S., joined other faith leaders this week in urging the U.S. government to address root causes of the conflicts in Syria and Iraq. The letter states: This week marks two significant anniversaries that should cause us to reflect on events that have contributed to the current…

Read more Address root causes of violence in Syria and Iraq: Faith leaders to President Obama