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Legislative Advocacy and CSMG

 

YEAR-Round Advocacy:
Visits In Washington D.C. and in your home state or district

One of the most important aspects of the annual Catholic Social Ministry Gathering (CSMG) is participant visits with members of Congress.  After CSMG we encourage you to continue the effort at home by planning "District Visits" with your senators, representatives, or members of their staffs back in your home state or district. District Visits help us, in the words of Pope Francis, "dialogue, dialogue, dialogue" with our political leaders, as well as deepen the relationships we hope that you established during your CSMG Capitol Hill Visits in Washington D.C.  Visits throughout the year help Catholics to connect the efforts of national organizations with the voices of local communities, partner organizations, parishioners, and dedicated volunteers in support of the legislative priorities of the Church advanced at the annual Catholic Social Ministry Gathering in Washington D.C.

General Resources for Legislative advocacy

  • Copies of Global Solidarity in Action: A Guide for International Issue Advocacy in the United States are available at no cost from Catholic Relief Services at 1-866-608-5978.

Resources for Advocacy in 2014

Advocacy At the Annual Catholic social ministry gathering

The following agenda is based on advocacy-related events of the 2014 Catholic Social Ministry Gathering.  Days and times of these events are subject to change for future Gatherings.

  • Sunday, 1:30 p.m. - First-Timers Orientation (also for those who want to refresh their skills)
  • Sunday, 2:30 p.m. - State captains and co-captains meeting to discuss final details on organizing their state delegations. (State captains are identified ahead of time.)
  • Monday, 12:30 p.m. - State delegations working lunch meeting with your state captain.
  • Monday, 3:45-5:30 p.m. - Domestic and International policy briefings on legislative issues - This is an excellent opportunity to ask questions and to receive clarifications and the most up-to-date information on the issues. You can also watch a presentation or download the PowerPoint.
  • Tuesday, 11:00-12:30 p.m. - Advocacy Fair - Sharpen skills and answer lingering questions on policy issues before heading to Capitol Hill.
  • Tuesday, 1:00-5:00 p.m. - Capitol Hill Visits - Do not forget to leave a packet of information with each office you visit. Packets will be provided to state captains. If you need additional packets, see the registration desk for more copies.
  • Tuesday, 4:30-6:30 p.m. - Capitol Hill Reception in the Kennedy Caucus Room, Russell Senate Building - Please invite Members and their staff. Copies of the invitation are in CSMG "leave-behind packets."
Completion of the Hill Visit Report Form helps us to know about the results of your Capitol Hill Visits. A copy of the form is included in CSMG registration packets. Your feedback will help staff members of the CSMG partner organizations in our ongoing advocacy efforts.


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