Advocates’ Corner

SAMPLE LETTER: MILITARY SPENDING

Dear Member of Congress,

As you work to reduce the deficit, I ask you to please support reductions to military spending and to maintain funding to address domestic and global poverty

This letter is also available online at washingtonmemo.org/newsletter/winter12 and here.

 

STORIES OF CONGREGATIONAL ADVOCACY 

DREAM Sabbath

Faith communities around the country held over 450 DREAM Sabbath vigils and events between September 16 and October 9, 2011, including at least two Mennonite churches: Emmanuel Mennonite Church (Gainesville, Fla.) and Portland (Ore.) Mennonite Church.

The DREAM Act (S. 592, H.R. 1842) would provide increased opportunities to undocumented immigrants brought to the United States when they were very young, including the freedom to pursue higher education, work permits, and a pathway to citizenship. More information is available at washington.mcc.org/dream.

Ecumenical Advocacy Days March 23–26, 2012

Is this the fast I seek? Economy, livelihood and our national priorities

The MC Washington Office is a co-sponsor of the 10th annual Ecumenical Advocacy Days, to be held in Washington, DC. The conference will focus on the economy, livelihood and our national priorities through the lens of Isaiah 58.

This is an excellent opportunity to come to Washington and meet other Christians who are engaged in addressing social justice domestically and around the world. Participants will worship together and attend sessions on various advocacy topics and then spend a day visiting with Members of Congress on Capitol Hill. Register now at advocacydays.org.

The Washington Office is assisting in the organizing of a session on prisons, profits and the church. This session will highlight the need for restorative justice practices to replace the current suppression tactics used in our criminal justice system.

During the conference our office is sponsoring a joint gathering with the Church of the Brethren for Anabaptists who are attending. Please let us know if you will be attending so we can include you in this gathering.

 

Jesse Epp-Fransen/MCC

Faithful budget campaign

The MCC Washington Office, along with other Washington area faith-based offices, is participating in the “faithful budget” campaign. This campaign calls on legislators to recognize the federal budget as a moral document that demonstrates our national values and as such should care for those struggling to overcome poverty, both within our borders and around the world.

On November 20 groups around the country joined in prayer with Washington participants to call on the administration and Congress to bring about a faithful budget. If you or your congregation participated in a faithful budget prayer vigil please let the Washington Office know about it, as we would love to hear your story.

Staff updates

In December Heather Sell completed her internship and returned to Greenville (Ill.) College to complete her bachelor’s degree. Heather attends Five Forks Brethren in Christ Church in Waynesboro, Pa. Earl Zimmerman spent the fall semester on sabbatical in the office.

In November Fred Redekop, pastor of Floradale (Ont.) Mennonite Church, was a pastor-in-residence in the office. In January Jacob Kanagy, from Elizabethtown (Pa.) Mennonite Church, joined the office as an intern with a focus on international issues.

Upcoming dates

February 20-24, April 2-13

Members of Congress in home districts, opportunity for in-person meetings

March 23-26

Ecumenical Advocacy Days

Take action to cut the military budget

  •  Write Congress: See the sample text and send an email or letter to your members of Congress.
  • Sign postcards as a congregation: Remember that each person can sign up to three postcards (one House member and two Senators).
  • Learn: Free copies of a 5-session study guide to the federal budget are available for use by Sunday School classes or small groups.

To request postcards or study guides, please contact us at mccwash@mcc.org or (202) 544-6564.

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