Senate passes resolution on global malnutrition
On January 14 the Senate approved a resolution, sponsored by Sen. Collins (R-Maine) and Sen. Coons (D-Del.), to encourage greater efforts by the United States to end maternal and child malnutrition globally.
Annually 2.6 million children die as a result of undernutrition, representing 45% of all child deaths. The World Health Organization reports that in 2017 approximately 810 women died every day from preventable causes related to pregnancy and childbirth.
Kabita Devi Rajbhar prepares roasted corn, beans and rice to make super flour for her 2-year-old son at their home in Beriya, Nepal. Rajbhar is a participant in trainings facilitated by MCC partner Brethren In Community Welfare Society. MCC photo/Colin Vandenberg
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Asylum seekers: Over the past year, the “Remain in Mexico” program has sent nearly 60,000 asylum seekers to Mexico, many to dangerous locations. More than 200 asylum-seekers from Honduras and El Salvador have been deported from the U.S. and forced to seek asylum in Guatemala. Take action.
Immigration: Residents of six countries will face new restrictions immigrating to the United States. A U.S. Supreme Court decision will make it harder for poor immigrants to get green cards. Border wall construction in sensitive wildlife habitat is draining precious groundwater and unearthing indigenous remains. With more than $18 billion available, 500 new miles of wall could be built by November.
Iran and Iraq: On January 30, the House voted to repeal the 2002 military authorization against Iraq, as well as a measure to limit funds for military action against Iran. (See votes: Repeal 2002 authorization | Limit funding). It is unclear when the Senate will take up a war powers resolution or other Iran legislation. Take action.
Palestine and Israel: On January 28 the White House released its "peace plan." A statement joined by MCC says, "we fear the U.S. Middle East plan may spark an escalation in violence and entrench violations of international humanitarian and human rights law..." Read more.
Photo courtesy of Kemah C. Washington
A public health approach to gun violence: The federal government spending bill recently released included $25 million to be split between the CDC and NIH to research gun violence. It is the first time in 23 years that such funding has been approved…
Follow U.S.-Mexico border pilgrimage: MCC U.S. executive director Ron Byler is on a two-week pilgrimage along the U.S.-Mexico border from San Diego to Brownsville, Texas. Follow his journey on Facebook and Twitter.
MCC photo/Ron Byler
Protect asylum seekers: Urge your members of Congress to welcome those seeking asylum in the U.S.
March 15-17: Korea peace conference
April 24-27: Ecumenical Advocacy Days
We hope to see many of you at Ecumenical Advocacy Days, which is focused this year on the global crisis of environmental injustice. The early registration rate ends March 16.
Please note that we are hosting a gathering for MCC constituents during the day on Friday, April 24, prior to the start of the conference. Let us know if you plan to join this pre-conference gathering.
Our office is making some funds available for those who need help with registration, lodging and/or travel costs for Ecumenical Advocacy Days. Apply here.
June 4-14: Learning tour
Visit Palestine and Israel on an MCC learning tour.
We have discontinued our monthly immigration updates. For timely news and updates on immigration and border concerns, you may want to consider subscribing to:
- Latin American Working Group migration news brief (weekly): Sign up via email
- Southern Border Communities Coalition: border_lines (weekly)
- National Immigration Forum: Noorani’s Notes (daily Mon-Fri)
Welcome to Blake Hershberger, who is an international affairs intern in our office this semester. Blake’s home congregation is Beech Mennonite Church in Louisville, Ohio.
John-Michael Cotignola-Pickens led a workshop on faith-based advocacy at Lancaster (Pa.) Brethren in Christ on February 2.
On January 19, Tammy Alexander spoke about climate change advocacy at Grantham Church (Brethren in Christ) in Mechanicsburg, Pa., and on January 26 she spoke about advocacy and immigration policy at Belmont Mennonite Church in Elkhart, Ind.
Let us know if you would like someone to speak in your congregation!
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