Posts Tagged ‘Advocacy’

Immigration and Farms: Chance to Visit & Celebrate

Monday, May 13th, 2013

Over the next few weeks Congress will continue to tackle two very important issues, immigration reform and the farm bill. The decisions legislators will make during this month as much of the legislation moves through the committee review process will have a great impact on the final versions of the legislation later this summer. Our work on these issues are more of a marathon than a sprint, and at each stage your voice is needed!


Lame Duck Advocacy Push

Monday, November 19th, 2012

The Thanksgiving holiday is almost upon us and we have so much to be thankful for! Most of all, we’re thankful for you and your ongoing efforts to confront global poverty. You may not realize it, but you’ve made a huge difference in the lives of our brothers and sisters this year.

Although we’re looking forward to Thanksgiving, we’re gearing up for an intensive advocacy campaign to protect lifesaving poverty-focused international assistance. From November 26 through December 14, during what’s known as the ‘lame duck’ session of Congress, we’re encouraging you and Catholics across the country to urge your Senators and Representative to protect funding for poverty-focused international assistance during Congressional deliberations on debt reduction and appropriations legislation. Specifically, you are asked to urge Congress to:

  • Pass FY 2013 poverty-focused international relief and development funding at the levels approved by the Senate;
  • Avoid sequestration and its mandated cuts to poverty-focused international assistance; and
  • Resolve our nation’s debt and deficit through bipartisan action that requires shared sacrifice by all, including: raising adequate revenues, eliminating unnecessary military and other spending, and addressing the long-term costs of health insurance and retirement programs fairly.


Keep Shining a Light on the Democratic Republic of Congo

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012

RSVP Now for the Catholics Confront Global Poverty webcast about the Congo.

In the eastern part of Africa’s Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the world’s deadliest conflict since World War II has been ongoing for the last 15 years. Since 1998 it has claimed more than 3 million lives, displaced over 2 million people, and hundreds of thousands of women have been brutalized as an array of armed groups vie for control of territory and access to DRC’s vast mineral resources using rape as a weapon of war. Violence has surged in the last several months with a renewed rebellion in North Kivu province causing over 250,000 persons to flee their homes.

But in a country where 55 percent of the population is Catholic, the Church, in partnership with Catholic Relief Services, is taking action to stem the violence, assist survivors, and help Congo’s people realize their aspirations for authentic human development. And Catholics in the United States are working in solidarity to promote sustainable and just development in the DRC and to stop the international demand for illegally obtained minerals that help fuel the violence.

Join us for:

An opportunity to hear about the Church’s ongoing work to support our brothers and sisters in the DRC, ask questions and engage in dialogue about the future of this country.

A review of the Securities and Exchange Commissions’ regulations on conflict minerals, and policy recommendations by CRS and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), based on Catholic social teaching and our experience, as to how U.S. policy can make a difference for the people of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Ideas on how Catholics in the United States, through the Catholics Confront Global Poverty initiative, can make a difference for our brothers and sisters in the DRC.

For more information:

Read the backgrounder on the DRC by the Office of International Justice and Peace at the USCCB.

Learn more about CRS’ work in the DRC and our advocacy efforts.

Learn about the Catholics Confront Global Poverty Initiative and how you can join.


October 25, 2012

12:00-1:00 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time

RSVP now

The CRS Take on Kony 2012, Part 2

Thursday, March 15th, 2012

In the past week, there has been a viral web reaction to the Kony 2012 video and its campaign to stop the violence of Joseph Kony and the Lord’s Resistence Army. In response to questions on how Catholics should respond, we offer these thoughts:

The video calls for Kony to be captured and brought to justice through the International Criminal Court (ICC) indictment on him. As an American organization and targeting the American public, the video urges for continued support of the U.S. military advisors deployed in the LRA affected areas. CRS’ area of expertise is not in military action. CRS has been working for years to help the victims of Kony and the LRA. Even if Kony is captured or killed, the effects of the LRA will be felt for years and CRS will continue to work with the people of the LRA-affected areas on rehabilitation and reconciliation.

After US Catholics watch the Invisible Children video, the obvious next question they ask themselves is what they can do. The following are some suggestions, based on Church statements, the work that CRS and our partners do, and the US legislation, that can guide this conversation:

Your Voice Can Save Lives

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011

Today, on All Soul’s Day we commemorate the faithful departed. As Catholics, we believe that we can help the souls of those who have gone before us by offering prayers and deeds on behalf of those who have died. We can also act to prevent future needless deaths due to hunger, preventable diseases, lack of water and sanitation, conflict and natural disasters. Today is your chance to tell your Senators that you care about our nation’s efforts to support poor and marginalized communities around the world.

The U.S. Senate is expected to consider a range of appropriations bills this week that could include funding levels for poverty-focused international assistance. Life-saving poverty-focused international assistance that fights hunger, disease and poverty makes up less than 1 percent of the U.S. federal budget. However, proposals in Congress would drastically cut this assistance to people in dire need. Join the urgent call to protect poor and vulnerable communities around the world

Urge your Senators to maintain the Senate Appropriations Committee-proposed funding levels for international humanitarian and development assistance in the FY 2012 State and Foreign Operations Appropriations bill and to oppose any amendments that would cut poverty-focused international assistance. Your action is particularly important because the funding levels for FY 2012 will set the stage for funding levels over the next decade. Poverty-focused international assistance doesn’t have a large, vocal constituency unless you speak up now. Cutting less than 1% of the federal budget will not balance the budget or solve the deficit but it will cost lives.

Call 1-866-596-7030 or send an e-mail now.

How You’ve Helped Haiti

Monday, August 16th, 2010

Thanks in part to your advocacy efforts, Congress has passed the FY 2010 Supplemental Appropriations bill.  This bill will provide critical support for people suffering from emergencies around the world including urgently needed funding to help Haiti recover from January’s devastating earthquake, assist refugees, and support humanitarian efforts.

What was the Church’s position? As stated in letters to House and Senate appropriators, CRS and USCCB requested:

  • $2.5 billion for longer-term reconstruction in Haiti and
  • $1.597 billion for other global emergency needs, including;
  • $702 million for International Disaster Assistance
  • $580 million for Food Assistance
  • $165 million for Migration and Refugee Assistance
  • $97 million for the Office of Refugee Resettlement
  • $53 million for Economic Support Fund in Sudan


Webcast Event – Crisis in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Monday, July 19th, 2010

Please join the next Catholics Confront Global Poverty webcast: Shining a Light on the Crisis in the Congo on Tuesday, July 27 from 2:00-3:00 p.m. Eastern Time.
RSVP for this webcast as space is limited.

Much of the instability, displacement, conflict, and sexual violence in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), is financed by armed groups’ control over lucrative mines and mineral trade routes. This Catholics Confront Global Poverty webcast will explore how the extraction of natural resources in eastern DRC is related to the horrific violence against women there.

Asia Storms: Poor Need Our Help to Adapt to Climate Change

Wednesday, October 14th, 2009

Reflections from the interfaith press conference yesterday

At last, the needs of the global poor affected by climate change are getting some attention!  Yesterday, I was part of a press conference of inter-faith leaders discussing the effects of climate change on poor and vulnerable people around the world.  We focused on how we can help poor people adapt to climate change’s effects.  Lots of media joined in, which was great.  You can read some of the press coverage at CBS News and InterPress Service.

Faith Leaders Spur Climate Action that Prioritizes Most Vulnerable

Thursday, October 8th, 2009

Online Media Press Conference:

As Senate climate bill negotiations heat up, Catholics Confront Global Poverty is actively supporting legislation that helps poor and vulnerable people worldwide adapt to and mitigate the effects of climate change in their communities.

G20 Summit on CNS

Thursday, September 24th, 2009

Catholic News Service reporting today on the G20 Summit:

“….With latest estimates showing 1 billion people around the world suffering from hunger as a result of the global economic recession, religious leaders believe that, by gathering together to speak for the world’s poor, they can impact those decisions,” CNS’ Patricia Bartos writes.

“Most people in high levels of government “really do want to do the right thing for the poor. They really do have a moral compass,” said Stephen Colecchi, director of the U.S. Catholic bishops’ Office of International Justice and Peace, at a press conference in Pittsburgh Sept. 23″

Read the full CNS story here.