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Today we are delighted to share some reflections from the MennoBytes blog on a recent criminal justice event that we co-sponsored, along with the Episcopal Church and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, in Harrisonburg, Virginia: I am fortunate to work on the edge of the Eastern Mennonite University campus—known around the world, literally, for…

Read more The Church and Criminal Justice: What it Looks Like “On the Ground”

Dekoundam Louise shares peanuts grow by the Bedai village women's group.
MCC partner Baobab trained women in Badei village in techniques to raise healthier goats, chickens and ducks. Training on how to use vaccines for goats and poultry was also provided to help villagers maintain healthy animals which typically garner a higher sale price at market.
In rural areas outside Moundou, Chad, MCC supports the work of partner organization Baobab, which provides agricultural training, helping farmers to raise healthier livestock and find new opportunities to earn an income from their land. .

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…

Read more True cost of “free” peanuts

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By Tammy Alexander Just before Christmas, the Washington Post reported that the Obama administration would begin a new series of immigration raids. Immigration raids are, unfortunately, not a new tactic for the administration (Operation Cross Check last year picked up more than 2,000 immigrants, including Mennonite pastor Max Villatoro). A troubling feature of these newest…

Read more Let the little children come

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By Charissa Zehr Democracy, transparency and good governance become catchphrases during political campaigns and election cycles. In Haiti, these issues contribute to the deepening debate around mining. As the legitimacy of Haiti’s government continues to be questioned, some of Mennonite Central Committee’s partner organizations have expressed concerns that a proposed mining law could be passed…

Read more The risky business of mining

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Last week, President Santos of Colombia visited Washington for high-level meetings with the Obama Administration. Most notably he was in town to “celebrate” the wonders of Plan Colombia that the U.S. heavily funded for 15 years with bi-partisan support. But many organizations that have worked in Colombia with local partners for years, before and during the…

Read more A celebration that falls short