Wider View Archive
Conflict Minerals, Rape, and the Congo
The idea that the smartphones lead to rape in eastern Congo is a handy message for organizations who want to mobilize support in a hurry.
Norma, a single mom, was walking with her kids one night when she was arrested for trespassing on private property. The charges were later found to be baseless but she was deported anyway. Her 16-year-old daughter is now looking for a job to support the family. Norma’s 9-year-old son cries himself to sleep at night. Daniel, who fled Mexico in the 1990s to escape violence, was pulled over for a faulty exhaust system on his car and subsequently put into immigration detention. He had no criminal record and served as a community safety volunteer. Daniel’s 13-year-old son is pleading for […]
A Troubling Lack of Accountability within U.S. Border Patrol
On April 12 th of this year, approximately 40 people gathered around a white metal cross in Nogales, Mexico, close to the U.S. border fence. Eighteen months earlier, a 16-year-old boy named José Antonio Elena Rodriguez was killed by U.S. Border Patrol in that spot, the cross erected in his honor. Rodriquez was walking to meet his brother late one night in October 2013. He was shot multiple times through the fence by the U.S. Border Patrol, mostly in the back. Border Patrol claims he was throwing rocks, though witnesses on the Mexican side of the fence say he was […]
Two Steps Back on Food Aid Reform
Jesus’ teachings about helping those in need are constant throughout Scripture.
Hope in the Time of Gun Violence, part 2
A t-shirt memorial to 201 victims of gun violence in Philadelphia last year. (MCC photo/Agnes Chen)
A Problem Deeper than Politics
May we better heed Jesus’ call to love our neighbors as we seek shalom in the public policy of our nation.
U.S. Aid Should Support Peace in Colombia
Peace looks at what comes next and how to work towards healing and justice for all.
Building Bridges with Iran
A bridge in Isfahan, Iran. MCC photo by Cheryl Zehr Walker.
US Food Aid to Reach More People
First, the new farm bill authorized up to $80 million per year for purchases of food closer to countries in need.