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Ask your member of Congress to support H.R. 3713, the Sentencing Reform Act. Background: Decades of overly harsh sentences, particularly mandatory minimums, have led to a dramatic increase in the incarcerated population in the U.S. Our country now incarcerates more people than any other in the world. Unfair sentences have affected millions of families across…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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