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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 »

You’re Invited: ACT Now- Unite to End Racism

On April 3-5, 2018 the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA, including the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) will gather in Washington, D.C. for a historic event to launch its Truth and Racial Justice Initiative. As we mark 50 years since the assassination of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on April 4,… Read more »

An Invitation from Stated Clerk Rev. Dr. J Herbert Nelson II

The Stated Clerk Invites Presbyterians to Attend A World Uprooted:  Responding to Migrants, Refugees,  and Displaced People Advocacy Training Weekend April 20-23 Washington, DC   As we face a worldwide crisis of 65 million displaced peoples, we need to come together to learn about the issue and how to talk about the issue.  And most importantly, we… Read more »

The PCUSA Office of Public Witness Decries President’s Budget Proposal as Insult to those Living in Poverty

On Monday Feb 12, 2018 the White House published the president’s Budget, which is a blueprint for priorities for 2019. The vision President Trump offers in this budget is grim for people of faith and justice seekers around the country. He funds policies and programs that aid the most affluent individuals and powerful corporations to… Read more »