Domestic policy

In the United States, Mennonite Central Committee works through four regional offices and national program services, seeking to collaborate with congregations and communities to serve in the name of Christ. Guided by MCC’s programs and constituent denominations in the U.S., our office calls for the passage of humane immigration laws, criminal justice reform, gun violence prevention policies, responsible environmental stewardship, as well as an end to domestic violence and trafficking, a reduction in U.S. military expenditures and a restoration of indigenous rights.

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Immigration

The Biblical tradition is one that instructs its followers to welcome strangers – as we welcome the stranger, we welcome Jesus himself. Instead, immigrants to the United States, whether documented or undocumented, often face a culture of unwelcome. The current system is ineffective, unjust, and causes needless suffering.

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Criminal justice reform

For decades, Mennonites have actively addressed the broken criminal justice system in the U.S. through a restorative justice lens. Restorative justice recognizes that crime violates relationships and that it engages many stakeholders -victim, offender, community and government- and attempts to heal the woulds that crime inflicts. Our office monitors policy and encourages advocacy in the following areas: restorative justice, juvenile justice, sentencing and reentry reforms, and racial equality.

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Gun violence prevention

Gun violence is epidemic in the United States, with approximately 30,000 gun deaths each year. Our shared humanity compels us to care about God’s children dying from gun violence on the streets of Philadelphia, Washington D.C., Los Angeles and elsewhere. To effectively curb gun violence, federal policymakers must pass laws that would eliminate illegal gun trafficking and straw purchasing, pass universal background checks on all gun transactions, ban firearms with unnecessary and harmful military-grade elements that have little to no hunting or sporting use, and support mental health services and research on how to holistically address gun violence in this nation.

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Environmental stewardship

The Bible tells us that we are stewards of God’s good gift, the Earth, with all of its beauty and resources. MCC’s environmental fieldwork both in the U.S. and around the world has focused primarily on reforestation, sustainable agricultural education, and providing safe drinking water. Our office advocates for government policies that promote sustainability and responsible stewardship.

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Human trafficking

Although many students in the U.S. learn that slavery ended in the 19th century, there are more slaves in the world now than at the height of the Atlantic slave trade. Human trafficking is the modern-day practice of enslaving men and women, both as forced laborers and in the commercial sex industry. The large majority of victims are women, but human trafficking affects all types of people, including children. While there are many instances of human trafficking around the world, there are also vulnerable people who are sold into slavery within our communities in the United States. As consumers, we benefit from modern-day slavery in the low prices of many common items such as coffee, produce, clothing, and electronics. Pornography and the commercial sex industry are also sources of slavery. The reality of the situation is shameful. As people of faith, we are called to support efforts to assist victims of human trafficking, as well as institutions that hold perpetrators accountable.

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Indigenous rights

The land that is now the United States and Canada was once the exclusive homeland of indigenous peoples. Non-Native American Anabaptists who live on this land benefit from the genocide and displacement of indigenous peoples, regardless of whether they were personally involved in these atrocities. MCC is committed to addressing the injustices done to the Native peoples of this land, the First Nations in North America. Our office encourage policymakers in Washington to enact legislation that acknowledges and addresses the injustices (both historical and ongoing) to the Native peoples of this land.

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