Colombia: Building Peace from the Ground Up – Feb. 13th @ 2:30 PM – 441 CHOB

            Please join me on Tuesday, February 13th at 2:30 PM in 441 CHOB to welcome the recipients of the National Prize for the Defense of Human Rights in Colombia.  They will discuss the many challenges that
they and other social leaders and human rights defenders face in implementing Colombia’s Peace Accords in its many diverse regions at the local level.

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ICYMI – Massive Pentagon agency lost track of hundreds of millions of dollars

As President Trump prepares to ask for a massive increase for defense spending in his FY 2019 budget proposal, I would like to bring to your attention today’s article in POLITICO.  We don’t know where hundreds of millions of dollars are spent.  Each year,
the Pentagon admits that tens of billions of dollars are unaccounted.  No other federal agency is allowed or would be allowed to get away with such mismanagement, waste and potential fraud. Despite congressional  mandates, there’s still no audit of the Pentagon,
and this article suggests that it would be impossible to carry one out. Something to keep in mind as budget negotiations and proposals move forward in the coming weeks.

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Briefing MONDAY at 10:30am — “State of the Plate”

By now you should have received an invitation from Food Policy Action to the “State of the Plate” report launch and briefing next Monday.  Experts from across the food policy spectrum will provide analysis on the on the state of our food system after the
first year of the new Administration and how recent regulatory changes impact our food system.

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Who Knew El Salvador Was So Dangerous? — Women deported by Trump face deadly welcome from street gangs in El Salvador (Guardian-UK)

I would like to bring to your attention a recent article in The Guardian (UK),
“Women deported by Trump face deadly welcome from street gangs in El Salvador.” Last Monday, on January 8th, DHS terminated Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for nearly 200,000 law-abiding Salvadorans who have been living in the United
States for 16 years or more. When taking that decision, DHS Secretary Nielsen pointedly noted that
“only Congress can legislate a permanent solution addressing the lack of an enduring lawful immigration status of those currently protected by TPS who have lived and worked in the United States for many years. The 18-month delayed termination will allow
Congress time to craft a potential legislative solution.”

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