MCC photo/Jennifer Deibert

Ssuk, or Korean mugwort, grows in a greenhouse with plastic sheeting provided by MCC. The herb is a staple ingredient in Korean soups and rice cakes

Reconciliation on the Korean Peninsula

The leaders of North Korea (Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, or DPRK) and South Korea met April 27 in a historic summit that offers hope for steps towards reconciliation on the Korean Peninsula.

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. After years of frozen diplomacy, progress may be slow. This summit is one vital step on the road towards reconciliation between the U.S. and North Korea and the reduction of military threats.

Tell Congress to publicly support diplomatic efforts between the U.S. and North Korea and take part in a collective day of prayer on May 20 through “Learn, Pray, Join” an initiative of MCC, Mennonite Mission Network, Mennonite Church USA and ReconciliAsian.

Antonia Alvarez and Daniel Galan fast for the Dream Act on Capitol Hill. MCC photo/Tammy Alexander.

Photo:  Ssuk, or Korean mugwort, grows in a greenhouse with plastic sheeting provided by MCC. The herb is a staple ingredient in Korean soups and rice cakes. MCC photo/Jennifer Deibert

Help us celebrate 50 years!

This summer our office will celebrate 50 years since its founding in July 1968. We hope many of you can join us in person for an open house and reception on Tuesday, July 17. Register here. We also have several other activities planned, including a special edition of our print newsletter, the Washington Memo, and daily blog posts throughout the month of July. Be sure to follow our blog so you don’t miss out.

Policy updates

Gun violence: Recent shootings, like the one at a Waffle House in Tennessee, remind us of the need to address gun policies in the U.S. Tell your members of Congress to support common-sense gun policies.

Immigration: More than 100 migrants from a caravan travelling through Mexico have arrived at the border near San Diego, seeking asylum. The Trump administration announced an end to Temporary Protected Status for both Nepal and Honduras. Read about the largest workplace raid in nearly 10 years, families being forcibly separated at the border, and the latest DACA-related court cases in the April 30 MCC immigration update.

Nigeria: On April 30, Nigerian President Buhari visited the U.S. to seal a bilateral arms deal. The Nigerian government has made a partial payment of $496 million. Last year two U.S senators raised objections to the deal involving 12 Tucano war planes because of human rights violations by Nigeria’s military.

Photo: Christian and Muslim women receive seeds as part of an WYEAHI program in the Gerei area. MCC photo/William Gochin.

Photo: Peace Church gathering at Ecumenical Advocacy Days in Washington, D.C., April 21-24. More than 700 people attended the conference to ask for less spending for deportations, detention and border walls. MCC photo/Cherelle M. Dessus

Upcoming events

 

May 9

Join Mennonite Central Committee for an hour-long "Sexualized violence: How should churches respond" webinar. 

May 20

Congregations and individuals are invited to engage in a collective day of prayer for North and South Korea.

June 11-12

Korea Peace Network Advocacy Days – Join peace advocates in D.C. for a day-long conference and strategy meeting followed by a day on Capitol Hill to promote peace and engagement between the U.S. and North Korea. Register here.

 

June 13

Join Mennonite Central Committee for a "Healthy masculinity" webinar.

July 17

Join the Washington Office as we celebrate 50 yearsRegister here

Staff updates

Erin Beidler and April Kabagambe have wrapped up their internships with us. We wish them all the best!

On April 15, Cherelle M. Dessus spoke about mass incarceration at an advocacy seminar in Lancaster, PA. 

This year’s Ecumenical Advocacy Days was a great success. We enjoyed meeting with MCC supporters from Ohio, Indiana, Pennsylvania and New York. Make plans now to join us next year!

Staff met with students from Calvin College (April 9), Eastern Mennonite University (April 17) and Dock Academy (April 24). If you are bringing a student group to D.C., let us know.

On April 27, Charles Kwuelum spoke at a congressional briefing on Nigeria.

J Ron Byler, MCC U.S. executive director, met with policymakers on May 2 to talk about his trip to Syria.