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National Call-in Day for Refugees – Contact Your Members of Congress Today!

TELL CONGRESS to Hold the Administration Accountable to Resettling at Least 45,000 Refugees in FY 2018   Background: We live in a time with an unprecedented 65 million people displaced around the world, including 22.5 million refugees – the highest number in recorded history. With global need at its highest, the Trump administration has reversed our… Read more »

PC(USA) at March for Our Lives FAQ

Updated March 22, 2018 We are so looking forward to seeing you at the March for our Lives on March 24th! The march route has been officially announced, so I have some updates for you as prepare to join us in DC. If you haven’t already, register with March for Our Lives and download the app… Read more »

PC(USA) Signs on To Letter Opposing Work Requirements for Safety Net Programs

Dear Members of the House Education and the Workforce Committee, On behalf of the undersigned religious denominations and faith-based organizations representing millions of people of faith across the country, we write to express our deepest concern about proposals to undermine Americans’ basic living standards by imposing work requirements on essential anti-poverty programs. These programs, including… Read more »

Work Requirements Don’t Work

By Ben Pistora, Fellow for Public Witness  This spring, advocates must be aware of the potential risks to the health and wellbeing of economically marginalized Americans as Congress and the Administration shift their focus from taxes to the federal budget. One of the biggest threats we face is the establishment of work requirements on programs… Read more »

Stated Clerk Joins Letter of Concern Regarding Increasing US Arms Sales and Military Aid to the Middle East

March 14, 2018 Members of Congress, As Christian denominations and faith-based organizations working in and concerned about the Middle East, we write to express our serious concern regarding increasing U.S. arms sales and military aid to the Middle East. In Fiscal Year 2017 the amount of U.S. arms sales approved worldwide was a record-high $75.9… Read more »

Raise Your Voice for our Sisters and Brothers – the Migrants, Displaced and Refugees! Come to Advocacy Training Weekend April 20-23!

Click here for more information and to register!   Dear Friends, There has never been a more urgent time to be present in Washington DC. Beloved members of our communities are being rounded up by ICE and sent back to countries they have not seen in decades. Young people who have only known this country… Read more »

Principles for a Faithful Farm Bill in 2018

One of the top legislative priorities for Congress is to address the reauthorization of the Farm Bill in 2018. The Farm Bill is an enormous piece of legislation that determines a broad range of  food and agriculture policy from the livelihood of farmers and funding for rural development to efforts surrounding food insecurity and nutrition…. Read more »

An Invitation to “March for Our Lives” March 24th, 2018

Sandy Hook. Orlando. Las Vegas. Sutherland Springs. And Now Parkland. Mass shootings are quickly becoming a deadly pattern in American life, a pattern which we as Presbyterians must faithfully interrupt.  In the midst of this movement moment, we also recognize that students in communities of color have been organizing to stop every day gun violence… Read more »

Legislative Update: The DACA Deadline passed, What is Next in the Ongoing Struggle to Choose Welcome?

Washington, D.C. – On March 5,  the final day that President Trump intended to honor the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, faith leaders again urged lawmakers to pass the Dream Act.  Congressional action to expand detention, deportation, and border militarization instead of protecting Dreamers and their families will weaken all U.S. communities – and is… Read more »

Office of Public Witness Signs Letter in Support of Anti-Corruption Legislation

March 1, 2018 Dear Member of Congress, We represent faith-based organizations, religious institutions, and investors working to alleviate poverty in countries across Africa, Asia, and Latin America. We have witnessed first-hand how proper stewardship of financial revenues and of God’s creation are critical drivers of development. Too often, mismanagement and corruption disenfranchise impoverished communities by… Read more »