MCC Washington Office

MCC Washington Office The Mennonite Central Committee U.S. Washington Office is a Mennonite and Brethren in Christ presence on Capitol Hill providing and encouraging prophetic witness to the way of Christ on matters of U.S.
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public policy. Meet the Washington Office staff - http://washington.mcc.org/about/contact

Mission: Rooted in Mennonite Central Committee’s relationships with churches and partner organizations in the U.S. and around the world, the Washington Office advocates for just and peaceful U.S. policies and equips people to speak prophetically to policymakers.

"Central America isn’t poor... It is more accurate to say that Central America has been impoverished...Central America i...
04/20/2020
Central America is rich

"Central America isn’t poor... It is more accurate to say that Central America has been impoverished...Central America isn’t poor. It is rich — in faith, courage, creativity and persistence. Migrants bring these gifts as they travel through Mexico and into the United States."

Central America isn’t poor.In Spanish, unlike English, there are two forms of the verb “to be.” One expresses a temporary reality (“it is cold outside”), the other an enduring fact (“this is a cold country”).The poverty experienced in Central America is not an enduring fact. Countries ...

04/20/2020

Dear MCC Washington Office followers,
This is just a reminder that this page will no longer be active beginning tomorrow,Tuesday April 21. Washington Office content will continue to be posted at Mennonite Central Committee - MCC. Please like and follow their page to stay up to date. You will still be able to find us on Twitter @mccwashington. Please follow us there if you are on Twitter.

Thank you,
MCC Washington Office staff

"Our staff members are available to give online presentations to classes, small groups and congregations. Topics include...
04/15/2020
Washington E-Memo

"Our staff members are available to give online presentations to classes, small groups and congregations. Topics include advocacy to government, climate change, gun violence, immigration, mass incarceration, Palestine and Israel, and the root causes of migration." #EMemo #MCCWashingtonOffice

Lift sanctions on countries facing the coronavirus pandemicCOVID-19 has spread rapidly around the world, affecting countries on every continent.

04/14/2020

Dear MCC Washington Office followers,
We wanted to let you know that this page will no longer be active beginning Tuesday, April 21. Washington Office content will continue to be posted at Mennonite Central Committee - MCC. Please like and follow their page to stay up to date. You will still be able to find us on Twitter @mccwashington. Please follow us there if you are on Twitter.

Thank you,
MCC Washington Office staff

"Even as news of the coronavirus is rightfully on everyone’s mind, advocacy on long-standing concerns such as gun violen...
04/03/2020
A year of silence

"Even as news of the coronavirus is rightfully on everyone’s mind, advocacy on long-standing concerns such as gun violence continues.

February 27, 2020 marked the one-year anniversary of the passage of H.R. 8, the Bipartisan Background Checks Act. It continues to sit untouched in the Senate, even as 39,740 people were killed by firearms in 2018."

Even as news of the coronavirus is rightfully on everyone’s mind, advocacy on long-standing concerns such as gun violence continues.February 27, 2020 marked the one-year anniversary of the passage of H.R. 8, the Bipartisan Background Checks Act. It continues to sit untouched in the Senate, even as...

Advocacy amidst #COVID19 #mccpeace
03/27/2020
Help us advocate in a global pandemic

Advocacy amidst #COVID19 #mccpeace

Like so many of you, we in the Washington Office of MCC U.S. have been adapting to the day-to-day changes caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. From our home offices or dining room tables, we continue to follow policy, reach out to lawmakers and engage constituents on the issues that are most important t...

03/23/2020
Climate change: You can make a difference

Lucas Klopfenstein's grand prize video winner!

Grand prize video winner, MCC U.S. Washington Office Public Policy Essay and Video Contest 2019-20 Lucas Klopfenstein, Bethany Christian Schools, Goshen, Ind.

We are excited to announce Naomi Klassen and Lucas Klopfenstein from Bethany Christian School in Goshen, IN as our respe...
03/23/2020
Contest winners address climate change, gun violence

We are excited to announce Naomi Klassen and Lucas Klopfenstein from Bethany Christian School in Goshen, IN as our respective essay and video contest winners.

Naomi Klassen and Lucas Klopfenstein have won grand prize for the top essay and video, respectively, in the Mennonite Central Committee U.S. Washington Office essay and video contest.This year’s contest was the first time that high school students had the option to submit a video entry, in additio...

Have you always wanted to contact your member of Congress but weren’t sure how to do it? Or are you looking for tips on ...
03/20/2020
Welcome! You are invited to join a webinar: Congressional Advocacy 101. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the webinar.

Have you always wanted to contact your member of Congress but weren’t sure how to do it? Or are you looking for tips on how to do advocacy more effectively? Then this webinar is for you. Register below.

Have you always wanted to contact your member of Congress but weren’t sure how to do it? Or are you looking for tips on how to do advocacy more effectively? We will go over the basics of how to figure out who your members of Congress are and tips for contacting them. We will also talk about why it...

Protect asylum seekers!
03/20/2020
We should offer hospitality, not rejection

Protect asylum seekers!

Imagine you are very sick. You go to your city’s hospital and the doctor examines you and discovers that you have a disease which your hospital does not have the medicine or equipment to treat. Your life depends on receiving the treatment, so you feel broken and hopeless upon hearing this news.The...

Important #EMemo update: Ecumenical Advocacy Days has been cancelled!
03/18/2020
Update: Ecumenical Advocacy Days cancelled

Important #EMemo update: Ecumenical Advocacy Days has been cancelled!

We wanted to let you know that Ecumenical Advocacy Days 2020 has been cancelled as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. (Read more from the conference director.)

Our March E-Memo is now available!
03/10/2020
Washington E-Memo

Our March E-Memo is now available!

Join us at Ecumenical Advocacy DaysWe hope you can join us in Washington, D.C., April 24-27, for Ecumenical Advocacy Days, an important gathering of Christian advocates and activists. We will worship, delve deeply into the pressing issues of the day and lift our voices by speaking truth to power on....

In 2012 the United Nations predicted that Gaza would be unlivable by the year 2020. Many of Gaza’s two million residents...
03/06/2020
Gaza: Life in unlivable conditions

In 2012 the United Nations predicted that Gaza would be unlivable by the year 2020. Many of Gaza’s two million residents say the conditions have already been unlivable for years.

In 2012 the United Nations predicted that Gaza would be unlivable by the year 2020. Many of Gaza’s two million residents say the conditions have already been unlivable for years.Gaza, a small sliver of land along the Mediterranean coast, has been under a suffocating siege imposed by the Israeli go...

#ProtectOurParks
02/21/2020
Wilderness laid waste

#ProtectOurParks

Take up weeping and wailing for the mountains, and a lamentation for the pastures of the wilderness,because they are laid waste so that no one passes through, and the lowing of cattle is not heard;both the birds of the air and the animals have fled and are gone. (Jeremiah 9:10) Along the San Pedro R...

Great upcoming event that focuses on the relationship between racism and mass incarceration. Please consider attending i...
02/20/2020
Justice, Peace and Racial Reconciliation in the Church workshop

Great upcoming event that focuses on the relationship between racism and mass incarceration. Please consider attending if you're in the Dayton, OH area.

Learn to do right; seek justice. Defend the oppressed.Take up the cause of the fatherless; plead the case of the widow. (Isaiah 1:17)This event will include two main components:Bishop Lynn Thrush will interview Pastor Tracie Hunter and State Senator Cecil Thomas about their experiences of faith and....

A call to provide refuge and welcome:
02/14/2020
Open letter: A call to offer welcome and refuge

A call to provide refuge and welcome:

Open letter: A call to offer welcome and refugeOver the past two weeks, I’ve traveled in the U.S.-Mexico border region from San Diego, California, to Brownsville, Texas, with stops in more than 10 cities on both sides of the border. I have seen and keenly feel the pain of immigrants.

Do you subscribe to our regular monthly update, the E-Memo? If so, please take a few minutes to fill out this quick surv...
02/11/2020
E-Memo Reader Survey

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African-American men face a 1 in 3 chance of going to prison in their lifetime, compared to a 1 in 17 chance for white m...
02/10/2020
Why are so many people incarcerated?

African-American men face a 1 in 3 chance of going to prison in their lifetime, compared to a 1 in 17 chance for white men. Why is this?

Want to learn more about mass incarceration? Check out these resources.

#mccpeace

MCC U.S. announces two new learning resources that explore systemic reasons and injustices that cause mass incarceration. One is an interactive activity called “You Got Booked” and the other is a new video, Mass incarceration: a Christian mandate.In the U.S.

Our February E-Memo is now available!
02/04/2020
Washington E-Memo

Our February E-Memo is now available!

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...

"More people in the United States die from gun violence than HIV, Parkinson’s disease, malnutrition, hypertension and ot...
01/31/2020
A public health approach to gun violence

"More people in the United States die from gun violence than HIV, Parkinson’s disease, malnutrition, hypertension and other medical conditions, but gun violence receives less funding for research."

More people in the United States die from gun violence than HIV, Parkinson’s disease, malnutrition, hypertension and other medical conditions, but gun violence receives less funding for research. Medical professionals have been advocating for funding that would empower the Centers for Disease Cont...

01/22/2020
Prayer Vigils on Jan. 29th anniversary of Remain in Mexico policy

Join the #Faith4Asylum campaign.

Join the #Faith4Asylum campaign from the Interfaith Immigration CoalitionHost a vigil or find a vigil near you!Background: January 29 marks the one-year anniversary of the Migrant Protection Protocols, otherwise known as the "Remain in Mexico" program. The policy prevents asylum seekers from waiting...

Enjoy the newest E-Memo.  #Ememo #PeaceinIran
01/14/2020
Washington E-Memo

Enjoy the newest E-Memo.

#Ememo #PeaceinIran

More congressional votes could be coming on Iran Last Thursday the House passed a war powers resolution to limit the ability of the president to carry out military action against Iran. See how your member voted.The risk of immediate war between the U.S. and Iran has eased somewhat, but tensions rema...

#PeaceinNorthKorea "MCC’s enduring presence in North Korea gives us glimpses of North Korean Good Samaritans serving oth...
01/10/2020
North American aid needs North Korean hands

#PeaceinNorthKorea

"MCC’s enduring presence in North Korea gives us glimpses of North Korean Good Samaritans serving others even under difficult restrictions."

When we walk into the hospital dining room, we see a young girl seated waiting to eat. She is an inpatient at a pediatric hospital about an hour and a half outside of Pyongyang, North Korea, hospitalized after recurring diarrhea resulted in malnutrition.This image of the girl sticks with me, but it....

Tell Congress no to war with Iran! Please contact your members of Congress.
01/07/2020
Tell Congress no to war with Iran

Tell Congress no to war with Iran! Please contact your members of Congress.

Tell Congress no to war with IranPlease email or call your members of Congress today to let them know that you oppose military action against Iran.Background: The U.S. assassination of a top Iranian military commander on January 3 has moved the two countries perilously close to war. This has already...

"As people of faith...we urge the Administration to step back from the brink of war." --From a statement by 23 faith-bas...
01/04/2020
Faith statement on escalating violence with Iran

"As people of faith...we urge the Administration to step back from the brink of war." --From a statement by 23 faith-based organizations, including MCC U.S.

January 3, 2020 As people of faith, we condemn the United States’ dangerous aggression towards Iran, including the assassination of Gen. Qassem Soleimani and the deployment of additional troops to …

Seeking peace through rebuilding lives!
12/21/2019
In Nigeria, preventing radicalization through rebuilding lives

Seeking peace through rebuilding lives!

Several years ago, Emmanuel Sawa, then a high school student in the Plateau State of Nigeria, dropped out of school when violence caused his parents to lose their livelihood and become displaced along with many others in their community. Sawa, like many other young adults who either grew up in Plate...

As you gather in warm, safe rooms with family this holiday season, consider adding Matthew 2 to your reading of the Chri...
12/20/2019
The next chapter in the Christmas story: Wider View from ThirdWay

As you gather in warm, safe rooms with family this holiday season, consider adding Matthew 2 to your reading of the Christmas story. Reflect on the need for all of God’s people to find safety, to be with family and to flourish.

In Utah, which has seen overwhelming bipartisan support for resettling refugees, Gov. Gary Herbert recently wrote, “We empathize deeply with individuals and groups who have been forced from their homes and we love giving them a new home and a new life,” adding that refugees have been an asset to...

While Congress approves more border wall funding, local churches and governments welcome immigrants in a variety of ways...
12/20/2019
Immigration update

While Congress approves more border wall funding, local churches and governments welcome immigrants in a variety of ways. Read these stories and more in the latest MCC immigration update:

Sometimes it only takes a stranger, in a dark place,to hold out a badly knitted scarf,to offer a kind word,to say we have the right to be here,to make us warm in the coldest season.You have the right to be here.

"In Luke 5, a man with leprosy approaches Jesus and, with his face to the ground, he begs to be healed, pleading, “Lord,...
12/12/2019
Seeking relief

"In Luke 5, a man with leprosy approaches Jesus and, with his face to the ground, he begs to be healed, pleading, “Lord, if you choose, you can make me clean” (Luke 5:12)."

In Luke 5, a man with leprosy approaches Jesus and, with his face to the ground, he begs to be healed, pleading, “Lord, if you choose, you can make me clean” (Luke 5:12). To put the story in context, Mosaic law required people sick with leprosy to rip their clothes, live away from the city and s...

Today, we joined 30+ faith organizations and 60+ faith leaders asking presidential candidates to commit to significant c...
12/09/2019
Cut Pentagon spending

Today, we joined 30+ faith organizations and 60+ faith leaders asking presidential candidates to commit to significant cuts to the #PentagonBudget. We need leaders to put #PeopleOverPentagon! Read the letter here:

December 9, 2019 Dear 2020 Presidential Candidates, As faith-based groups and local faith leaders, we see the challenges that our communities face up close. We also witness first-hand the growth an…

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So sorry I was unable to attend the 50th anniversary of the DC office. I am very proud my Dad was a part of it. I wish you all the best. Keep it up! Greg Franz