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- An MCC Gun Violence Prevention Storytelling Tour will take place in Pennsylvania and Virginia between September 14 and October 1. The tour is part of the Fear Not campaign, focusing on violence in our communities.
- Registration is now open for Ecumenical Advocacy Days 2013. This annual gathering of people of faith will take place April 5-8, 2013 in Washington, DC. This year's theme is "At God's table: Food justice for a healthy world." The theme verses will be Exodus 16:16-18 and Luke 14:12-24.
Relief for DREAMers: The new policy affecting "DREAMers," known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), went into effect on August 15. Some young undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children may now apply for temporary relief from deportation and a work permit. This status may be renewed after two years. Visit our DREAM resource page for more information.
Iran sanctions: In early August Congress approved another set of sanctions against Iran. The law further tightens restrictions on Iran’s economy and reduces the president’s ability to waive sanctions. Rather than increasing sanctions that impact ordinary Iranians, Congress should support diplomatic negotiations to resolve concerns about Iran’s nuclear program.
Profit, loss and immigration detention - Kelly Roberts, Domestic Policy Intern
"While communities are shattered, families are torn apart, and prison companies profit from detaining suspected undocumented immigrants, taxpayers foot the bill–an estimated $166 per detainee per day, totaling more than $2 billion in 2011."
Swallowing our pride (health care)