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Advocacy

Advocacy – like CWS program work – results in the hungry being fed, the thirsty having clean water, immigrants’ rights being respected, women and other smallholder farmers prospering, displaced persons finding safety and opportunity for a better life, and a more just and peaceful world.

Some of the actions we’ve taken in FY2014:

  • Advocate successfully for increases in U.S. humanitarian and poverty-focused international assistance
  • Facilitate meetings with Congressional offices, bringing local and state faith leaders to Washington to meet with their members of Congress, and mobilizing constituents to write letters to their Congressional members.
  • Bring a delegation of Cuban church leaders to Washington, as part of an ongoing effort to persuade the Obama Administration to improve the U.S. relationship with Cuba.
  • Carry out a CWS Global Summit on Immigration reform with 300 immigrants, refugees and faith leaders engaging in more than 100 congressional visits, pray-Ins in House leadership offices, and a press conference with top denominational leaders and bi-partisan congressional representatives.
  • Mobilize more than 10,000 people of faith and allies in praying, fasting and acting during Fast for Families and 40 days of Fast Action for Immigration Reform; as well as in 2,000 vigils, prayer services and educational forums; in 500 local venues and in Washington, D.C.
  • Regarding Haiti: focus on anti-corruption by advocating for passage of Assessing Progress in Haiti bill and providing support for Haitian partner reports on corruption; draft a Congressional resolution on and hold a Congressional event to commemorate November 17 as national day for the abolition of the restaveks system (domestic child servants); and advocate on behalf of protection for Dominicans of Haitian descent threatened with statelessness by government decisions in the Dominican Republic.
  • Serve as fiscal agent for Ecumenical Advocacy Days and its March 2014 gathering, bringing almost 1,000 people to Washington to learn about and advocate for reducing violence in the U.S. and abroad. We are also working in a variety of ways to mobilize grassroots and grasstops advocacy among CWS constituency groups. Policy makers care about their constituents’ opinions about issues, and will change their positions and priorities when they know that their constituents are paying attention to a particular issue.