There’s an important reason why each of us should get involved in the political process: there is a huge gap between what is happening in our local communities and what is happening in the halls of Congress.
A letter-to-the-editor (or, LTE) is a reader response to a news item ran by a media outlet. Writing LTEs to your local or regional media outlets is an effective way to reach a large audience, since the editorial page is one of the most read sections.
These tools are ways we can hold our representatives accountable to the needs of our communities. They also reinforce the message of our in-person meeting, signaling to our representatives that their constituents care deeply about a specific issue.
Meeting in-person with your Members of Congress is an important way to build a relationship with them and hold them accountable. It is also an important way for you to bring them information and experiences on an issue that they might not have.
Stories are one of the most valuable political tools we have. Effective storytelling will raise awareness, change hearts and minds, mobilize others, and influence policy.
“Politics” has become a dirty word in our national discourse, but what politics is truly about is deciding how we want to live in community with each other.
We call on the administration and Congress to enact a humane, efficient, consistent, and just system that will uphold the dignity of all. We urge policymakers to follow the example of people of faith and faith-based organizations that have consistently welcomed and supported those arriving at the border by putting into place the below recommendations.
Migrants arriving at the US/MX border are often fleeing crippling poverty, environmental destruction, extreme violence, political instability, and other serious threats to life. This resource is an overview of the various push and pull factors, or root causes, that force people to migrate.
Our country has to think creatively about how we can responsible steward the gifts of our planet and live in harmony with God’s creation. We can no longer afford to do is ignore the realities before us and place profits over people, the interest of a small few over the good of everyone.
“Our nation has had a long and proud history of providing humane treatment to and due process for asylum seekers. I urge us to reject policies and proposals that would abandon this tradition, and I ask our government to remember that those fleeing to our border are not the “other” but fellow children of God.”
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