Advocacy

 Take Action Urge your members of Congress to sustain funding to the Global Fund and PEPFAR Background: Since President George W. Bush’s administration, the U.S. has supported the Global Fund and President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). The programs fund medication, care, treatment, and prevention of tuberculosis, malaria and HIV and AIDS. It is estimated that Global Fund…

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Tell Congress and the White House: Restore humanitarian assistance to Gaza, call for end to blockade   Background: After 11 years of isolation and an Israeli-imposed blockade, Gaza is facing “an unprecedented humanitarian crisis.” Ninety-six percent of Gaza’s water is unsafe to drink. Gaza’s two million residents have 4-5 hours per day of electricity and…

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Ask your congregation to sign a letter in support of Justapaz, a ministry of the Mennonite Church of Colombia and a long-term partner of Mennonite Central Committee (MCC). Background: On July 14, Justapaz was named in a death threat by an armed group in Colombia, part of a troubling increase in death threats and assassinations in recent months…

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Background: June 20 marks World Refugee Day. Globally there continue to be record-high levels of displacement, with 65.6 million people displaced from their homes. As Congress considers funding levels for various programs, it is vital that they hear support for refugee-related accounts. These include Migration and Refugee Assistance, which assists refugees (who have fled to another country), and…

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Take Action Urge your senators to co-sponsor DR Congo resolution Background: The Democratic Republic of the Congo’s constitution, adopted in 2016, limits the president to two consecutive five-year terms. President Joseph Kabila has been in power since January 2001, and his constitutional mandate ended on December 19, 2016. The political crisis in DR Congo continues to…

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Urge Congress to end the administration’s policy of prosecuting asylum seekers, which is a direct violation of their rights under U.S. and international law, and to end the inhumane practice of family detention. Background: On May 7, the Trump administration formalized a policy of forcibly separating immigrant children from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border. President Trump’s executive order on…

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Write to Congress Background: As President Trump and the leader of North Korea, Kim Jong-un, move closer to a summit in the coming weeks, there is mounting pressure for a “breakthrough” between the two leaders. However, we must recognize that progress may be slow after years of frozen diplomacy and this summit is one vital step…

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Action: Urge Congress to support a robust foreign assistance budget Background: There are ongoing global crises, including an unprecedented 65.6 million people forcefully displaced from their homes by conflict, persecution and natural disaster. Globally, about 815 million people are hungry and undernourished. On February 12, the president released a budget request for fiscal year 2019 that proposes a drastic…

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Encourage your representative to co-sponsor H.R. 4391, to end Israeli military abuses against Palestinian children. Background: Each year Israel detains hundreds of Palestinian youth, many of whom are subject to abuse and sometimes torture. Israel is the only country that systematically prosecutes youth in a military court system. The impact of these traumatizing experiences stays with the youth and their families for years to…

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