Posts By: Leslie Woods

Threats to Democracy in the Democratic Republic of Congo

If you’re reading this digitally, you are probably doing so on a machine that contains minerals from the DRC. The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has vast reserves of mineral wealth. The Congo is home to 80 percent of the world’s coltan reserves, which is used in smartphones, tablets, computers, and other electronic devices…. Read more »

Prospects for the 116th Congress and the Future of Public Discourse

As the new Congress takes its seat in January 2019, political watchers are expecting a significant change of policy from the House of Representatives, where Election Day swept a new party in to power in the House. The new Democratic majority in the House of Representatives is expected to promote several policies in its first… Read more »

What got done on Election Day?

The midterm elections are now behind us, and there have been some important takeaways from this year’s results. Aside from the obvious shift of power in the U.S. House of Representatives, which brings in an admirably diverse group of freshmen Congresspeople, some notable policy aims were achieved on Election day through ballot initiatives: Minimum Wage… Read more »

The OPW welcomes Deb Rookey

Deb Rookey is the 2018-2019 Young Adult Volunteer (YAV) for the Office of Public Witness. The Young Adult Volunteer program is a faith-based year of service with a focus on community building. Deb has always been interested in social justice and advocacy work and was engaged in such work on-campus while at Washington University, where… Read more »

2019 Advocacy Training Weekend

Register Now! April 5-8 in Washington, DC Join us April 5, for Compassion, Peace & Justice Training Day at New York Avenue Presbyterian Church in Washington, DC. Gather with your fellow Presbyterians as we look at how our church and our partners are working on the most pressing issues of our time. In plenaries and… Read more »

Gun Violence: a National Sin

Today, as we remember the massacre of school children and their teachers at Sandy Hook Elementary School, and the myriad of mass shootings that took place before and since that terrible day six years ago, we must acknowledge that the disease of gun violence has seeped into the very fabric of life in the United… Read more »

A Farm Bill to Reduce Hunger

A Bipartisan Farm Bill is expecting a vote this week!   Thanks to your advocacy efforts over the past year, this compromise Farm Bill does not include any of the harmful changes to the Nutrition Title that the House narrowly passed in June. Instead, the bill includes several provisions to strengthen the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance… Read more »

La carga pública lastima a las comunidades

A pesar de que la situación se deteriora rápidamente en la frontera de EE. UU. y México, la administración de Trump ha propuesto una nueva ley que cambiaría drásticamente a quienes damos la bienvenida como recién llegados a nuestra sociedad. La ley, cuyo período de comentarios en curso finaliza el 10 de diciembre, daría mayor… Read more »

Public Charge Undermines Communities

Even as the situation rapidly deteriorates at the U.S.-Mexico border, the Administration has proposed a new rule that would drastically reshape who we welcome as newcomers to our society. The rule, whose ongoing comment period ends on Dec. 10, would place a higher value on those who are affluent and challenge hard-working families in their… Read more »