In our democracy, you have a right to speak out and to meet with your members of Congress. As a Catholic, you have a mission to advocate on behalf of our brothers and sisters who are poor and vulnerable people worldwide. Meeting with your elected officials is a powerful way for Catholics in the U.S. to make a real difference in leading our nation to confront global poverty. These tools make it easy. Just click the FIND button to figure out who are your members of Congress, review tips on how to set up a meeting, and see how empowering speaking out for justice (or raising your voice) can be.
WRITE A LETTER
While it’s quicker to email your members of Congress, a handwritten letter goes much farther. Not only will it not get lost in an inbox, but it will stand out in our era of overwhelming electronic communication.
Here is a sample handwritten letter to a member of Congress that has tips for how to send a clear, effective message about confronting global poverty.
“The Internet, in particular, offers immense possibilities for encounter and solidarity. This is something truly good, a gift from God.”
Even Pope Francis uses social media as a megaphone for our brothers and sisters who are poor. This modern medium spreads the word with lightning speed, grabbing the attention of legislators, fellow Catholics, the media and organizations dedicated to ending global poverty. Here are tips on effectively using a variety of platforms to connect with the world, from whom to follow to creating your own content.
- Why we advocate
- What is advocacy?
- Resources and key terms
- Key committees in House and Senate
- USCCB/CRS Letter and Appropriations Requests Chart - Senate State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs Committee
- USCCB/CRS Letter and Appropriations Requests Chart - House State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs Committee
- USCCB backgrounder: Syria and Iraq
- USCCB backgrounder: Root Causes of Migration
- USCCB backgrounder: Global climate change
- USCCB discussion guide: Laudato Si’: On Care for Our Common Home
- Join CCGP! Sign-up sheet for use at events and conferences.
PEOPLE TO CONTACT
- USCCB/CRS Letters to Policymakers on Global Poverty
- USCCB/CRS Letters to Policymakers on Syria and Iraq
- USCCB/Migration and Refugee Services
- USCCB/Migration and Refugee Services Anti-Trafficking Program
- USCCB: Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship
- Find out more about faithful citizenship from the USCCB