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Shine a Light on Corruption

Friends, Now is the time to Shine a Light on Corruption!

For nearly two years, Micah Challenge worked to ensure that some really good rules to fight corruption would become law. The vehicle for this was a set of rules attached to Section 1504 of the Dodd Frank Act. The rules require companies in extractive industries (oil, gas, minerals, mining) to disclose payments made to foreign governments.

The rules would create the transparency needed to expose corruption in some of the most resources rich yet poorest nations in the world. Now is the time to shine a light on corruption related to natural resource extraction, and allow the immense revenue from natural resources to be spent fighting extreme poverty, rather than be pocketed!

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Only A Few Hours Left!

As I reflect on the successes, failures, celebrations, and laments from the past year I keep coming back to three things I believe to be true:

  • There will always be people in power who do not see or choose not to see the needs of the most vulnerable in our world, who choose the path of oppression knowingly or unknowingly, and who perpetuate injustice in our world. 
  • God's people will always be those who stand against injustice; who pray with their feet, hands, and hearts "on earth as it is in heaven"...
  • Our hope is not in our leaders, our ability to impact the world or in anything other than Jesus. We rest in his power, his peace, and his love to transform this world. 
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Cause for Celebration

I’m not known for my ability to party. Let’s be honest I am generally unenthusiastic, sort of like Eeyore from Winnie the Pooh--I’m not a pessimist, but I am a realist and the world is a messed up place. I tend to carry the burdens of injustice with me like a twenty pound chain--hard to ignore the weight even at the happiest of times. 

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Prayer for Section 1504

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is set to make a ruling sometime in the next few weeks. The 2010 law was disputed by oil companies more than five years ago, and the SEC has been dragging its feet in finalizing a ruling.

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Justice Bible

I won’t lie to you. When I first heard about a justice-themed Bible, I thought it was simply a way to capitalize upon the growing social justice movement rising among the millennial generation. A gimmick. A ploy to get people to buy another Bible.
 
How wrong was I? So. Incredibly. Wrong.
 

God’s Justice: The Holy Bible, isn’t just another themed Bible.

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Psychology, Philosophy, & Pluralism

A question we all face as Christians is, how do we negotiate our firm convictions (our beliefs in Christianity) in a world of diversity, and still maintain the solidarity with others? 

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10 Simple Ways to Help the Environment

If you got on Google and typed in ‘ways to help the environment,' you would get thousands of results. But we have picked these because they are uncommon and very easy to apply, yet greatly impact our environment.

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Human Rights Violations: Who Is Responsible?

Businesses impacts human rights, whether for good (employment, development etc.) or for bad (corruption, pollution, child labor etc.)

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Female Genital Mutilation

A quick disclaimer: this blog gets really heavy, really fast. As we talk about gender inequality, female genital mutilation (FGM) must be a part of the conversation because it is a huge issue affecting millions of girls. For their sake, we must not shy away from uncomfortable conversations, but rather, endure through discussions so that we can work together to address the issue of FGM.

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