Posted April 27, 2018 in PC (USA) News

presbyterian_church_70457In many of your congregations, you may already have a social witness ministry, a social justice committee or a collection of people dedicated to justice work. The Office of Public Witness invites you to organize and formalize a Grassroots Advocacy Team to engage your congregants and community members in the creation of public policy and the advancement of a justice agenda in 2018 and beyond. To introduce you and others in your congregation to the program, we’re holding a series of 3 online training webinars beginning next week. We encourage you to sign up yourselves and invite people in your community who are interested in justice work but don’t know where to begin! REGISTER HERE

Session 1: Building Your Relationships with Your Members of Congress

Tuesday, May 1st, 3-4:30 pm EST –Facilitated by Nora Leccese, Associate for Domestic Poverty and Environmental Issues at the OPW and Jamila Cervantes, Emerson National Hunger Fellow at the OPW 

Now that you’ve met with your Members of Congress, you may be wondering what else you could do to continue to build that relationship and bring a faithful perspective to the halls of power at home. This webinar outlines the next steps in fostering a relationship with your elected officials, and includes information on how to organize an in district advocacy visit, host a public vigil, and contact your representatives. This webinar is intended to help leaders build the local power of their congregations and achieve justice- and faith-driven results in their communities and across the nation.

Session 2: Beyond Marching- Creating a Grassroots Advocacy Team 

Tuesday, May 8th 3-4:30 pm EST– Facilitated by Nora Leccese, Associate for Domestic Poverty and Environmental Issues at the OPW and Jamila Cervantes, Emerson National Hunger Fellow at the OPW 

Many congregations have social witness ministries, social justice committees, or groups of people dedicated to social justice work. This webinar explains how to organize and formalize groups into a Grassroots Advocacy Team to further engage congregants and community members in the process of creating sound public policy and advancing a prophetic agenda to benefit all of God’s creations. Topics covered include how to: build a team, identify leadership, encourage leadership development, conduct group meetings, draft agendas, and more.

Session 3: Grow the Movement 

Tuesday, May 15th 3-4:30 pm EST– Facilitated Jamila Cervantes, Emerson National Hunger Fellow at the OPW 

Learn how to recruit new members of your advocacy team, identify their skills and interests, and move them up a ladder of engagement so they are able to be leaders in a movement for justice. Learn how to conduct a one to one meeting, absorb new members in a critical political moment, and maintain the health of a team long term.

*Note: If you cannot join us live, please RSVP to receive a recording link to watch the recorded webinar.

In addition, the New Poor Peoples Campaign launches May 14th! The Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival is uniting tens of thousands of people across the country to challenge the evils of systemic racism, poverty, the war economy, ecological devastation and the nation’s distorted morality. We need you to step up and join our efforts. Get involved by signing the pledge and searching Facebook for your local organizing committee. Read the demands of the campaign HERE!