Food for Peace
Senators Chris Coons of Delaware and Bob Corker of Tennessee have recently introduced the Food for Peace Reform Act. Currently in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, the legislation seeks to make U.S. food aid programs more streamlined and cost efficient.
Proposed reforms would decrease delivery time and transportation costs, increase flexibility in the use of vouchers and cash transfers, and allow food to be purchased near areas of need. If enacted, these changes will allow the U.S. government to reach millions more with food assistance each year at no additional cost. Click here to take action.
Syria and Iraq: The U.S. continues to carry out airstrikes in Iraq against the group calling itself Islamic State. So far the U.S. has not indicated a plan to do the same in Syria, but U.S. officials say they will "hold accountable" those who killed two U.S. journalists in Syria. As Congress returns from recess, these questions will likely come up for debate, with some Members already on the record supporting U.S. airstrikes in Syria.
Immigration: President Obama announced on September 6 that he will delay making changes to detention and deportation policies until after the November elections--he had previously promised changes by the end of the summer. Advocates and faith leaders continue to urge that any new policies do not further harm women and children fleeing Central America. Resources | Donate
- October 2-4: Tammy Alexander will be co-leading a seminar on immigration at the Urban Anabaptist Ministry Symposium: Beyond Ideas-Practical Ministry That Works in Philadelphia.
- October 23-25: Immigration Reform and Beyond? The 5th Conference on Immigration to the US South. Tammy Alexander will be moderating a panel on non-violent action and immigration reform.
- January 23, 2015: Deadline for submitting essays for the annual MCC U.S. Washington Office high school essay contest.
- Reflection: Few are guilty, but all are responsible (Palestine and Israel)
- The winding road from camps to villages (Haiti)
- Food a concern for displaced in Congo
- Ask your senator to support Food for Peace Reform Act
- Third Thursdays for Palestine and Israel: Thank the White House for halting transfer of missiles to Israel
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- Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: Worship resources for Peace Sunday 2014 (September 21), a resource from Mennonite Church USA
- Letter from faith leaders on Central American migration
- Central American migration resource page
- Radical Hospitality Bible study on immigration, produced by Mennonite Church USA
On August 12, we said farewell to Seth Stauffer, who worked as an intern for us this past summer on international affairs. Seth returned this fall to his studies at Eastern Mennonite University. We wish him all the best.
On August 18, Agnes Chen concluded her role as Legislative Assistant and Communications Coordinator. During her time in the office, Agnes made numerous contributions and will be greatly missed. Our blessings go with Agnes as she returns to Indonesia. Job posting: Legislative Assistant and Communications Coordinator