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Peace & Policy Updates

News from the Office of Peacebuilding and Policy
- May 2020 -

In an effort to keep you updated about some of the big projects our office is working on, we will be circulating an update newsletter! The newsletter will include policy updates, news from our working groups, and information about the various meetings, conferences and events our office has been engaged with. We hope that this information will be helpful as you find ways to engage with our work. 

Partners and Working Groups

  • Churches for Middle East Peace:
    • CMEP Opposes Israeli Annexation and Secretary Pompeo's Greenlighting on Behalf of U.S. Read more here
  • Interfaith Working Group on Drone Warfare
    • OPP helped to draft a statement on U.S Covid-19 response for the Interfaith Working Group on Drone Warfare
  • Peace and Security Working Group:
    • Ongoing Congressional advocacy to share concerns about the $10 billion in funding given to the Pentagon in the first CAREs act, and to advocate that the Pentagon receive no additional funding in subsequent stimulus packages.
  • Nigeria Working Group
    • The Nigeria Working Group is planning a round table with the State Department to discuss certain issue areas in light of the Covid-19 pandemic and U.S. response.
  • Death Row Support Program
    • Death Row Support Program is now under the umbrella of OPP! You can learn more about DRSP here.
    • During this time when prisons have shut down their visiting rooms, the Death Row Support Project encourages persons to prayerfully consider writing to someone on death row. You can sign up at www.brethren.org/DRSPsignup.
  • Advocacy Network for Africa
    • OPP has been engaged in Congressional advocacy around Covid-19 response in Africa using a statement with various targeted asks drafted by the working group.
AdNA Hill Visit with Rep. Jamie Raskin (MD-08)

Policy Updates: In The News

  • Peace
    • UN Secretary General calls for global ceasefire as COVID-19 threatens conflict zones. Read more here 
  • Military Spending
    • Stockholm International Peace Research Institute report was published. This report details the amount of money that the world spent on military in 2019.
  • Immigration
    • ICE Deportation flights continue, even as US has limited international commercial aviation because of the COVID-19 pandemic. This is troubling as the flights do not only put people in deportation proceedings at risk, but also threaten to spread the coronavirus to countries in Latin America and the Caribbean. Read here
  • Death Row Support Program
    • On April 30, the Death Penalty Information Center said that one death row prisoner has died from COVID-19, in the state of Arizona; seven others there tested positive.
    • The state of Texas has postponed executions that were scheduled for this month, due to COVID-19; however, the state of Missouri is continuing plans to execute Walter Barton on May 19.
  • Drones:
    • Africa Command acknowledges US strike in Somalia killed and injured civilians. Read more here
OPP socially distanced In Person Weekly Check-in 

Recent Happenings

  • Hauerwas The Peacemaker?
    • OPP Director Nathan Hosler published a book titled Hauerwas The Peacemaker? This book assesses the work of theologian Stanley Hauerwas, as his work provides certain tools for the work of peacebuilding. Learn more and order your copy here
  • Ecumenical Advocacy Days:
    • Though the EAD gathering was cancelled this year due to Covid-19 developments, an EAD webinar was held online on April 27th. Folks who joined in prayed and advocated for racial, ecological, and economic justice in Congress' Covid-19 pandemic response. 
  • Annual Conference:
    • Annual Conference will not be held this summer due to Covid-19 developments. Read more here.  
  • CoB Covid-19 Resource page:
    • The COVID-19 pandemic is impacting the ministry and sustainability of many congregations and families. These resources are available to support and expand the ministry of congregations, districts, camps and staff through this difficult time. Working together and supporting each other we can share God’s light and love even in the hardest of times.
  • OPP welcomes new intern, Galen Fitzkee 
    • Galen will be learning and working remotely from home in Manheim, PA. He is currently wrapping up his junior year at Messiah College, with a major in Peace and Conflict Studies and minor in Spanish and politics.
OPP welcomes Galen Fitzkee !
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