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Seven Christian Leaders Arrested Protesting Trump’s Budget Proposal April 26th, 2017

Seven leaders from various faith traditions including Catholic, United Methodist, Presbyterian, United Church of Christ, and the National Baptist Convention were arrested on Monday after protesting on Capitol Hill in opposition to President Donald Trump’s “immoral” budget proposal. The detainees were part of a larger march of people attending the annual Ecumenical Advocacy Days for Global Peace with Justice, an ecumenical event to mobilize for advocacy on a wide variety of U.S. domestic and international policy issues.

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Breaking the Chains: Mass Incarceration and Systems of Exploitation April 10th, 2015

EAD-chain-cross-topperThe Ecumenical Advocacy Days Annual Conference will be held in Washington, DC from April 17-20, and will focus on the problem of mass incarceration in the United States.

The EAD Congressional Advocacy day will be on April 20th. Here is the EAD ‘ask’ of Congress:

Congressional Advocacy Day – April 20, 2015

(Click above to read the full “Ask” with talking points and background information.)

We call on Congress to reform federal criminal justice and immigrant detention policies toward the goal of ending unfair, unnecessary, costly and racially biased mass incarceration:

  • Adopt criminal justice and sentencing reform policies that incorporate an end to mandatory minimum sentencing;
  • Eliminate the detention bed quota for immigrants and implement alternatives to immigrant detention.

Our Faith Conviction

As people of faith and conscience, we call for respect to be shown all people as bearers of God’s image. Jesus tells us to act

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CMSM J/P Alert – October 2014 Issue October 30th, 2014

We would like to share the latest issue of the E-Newsletter of the Conference of Major Superiors of Men (CMSM). If you would like to subscribe your email to receive this newsletter, please email Eli McCarthy PhD, CMSM Justice and Peace Director at



In This Issue:

  • Syria / Iraq
  • Palestine / Israel
  • Ferguson
  • Immigration
  • Restorative Justice
  • Climate Change
  • Money in Politics
  • Respect Life
  • Ignatian Solidarity
  • Interfaith Conference on Drones
  • Ecumenical Advocacy Days
  • Catholic Social Ministry
  • Year of Consecrated Life

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Ecumenical Advocacy Days 2013 February 28th, 2013

Food_Justice_1_topper“Those who gathered much had nothing over, and those who gathered little had no shortage; they gathered as much as each of them needed.” (Exodus 16:18)

“When you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, and the blind. And you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you, for you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.” (Luke 14:13-14)

Sign up today to attend the EAD 2013 gathering in Washington, DC scheduled for April 5-8. The theme for this year is “At God’s Table: Food Justice for a Healthy World”

Join 1,000+ Christian advocates at the 11th annual Ecumenical Advocacy Days to seek Food Justice for a Healthy World! In a world that produces enough food for everyone, EAD will explore the injustices in global food systems that leave one billion people hungry, create food price shocks that destabilize communities everywhere, and undermine God’s creation. At God’s Table, all are invited and fed, and the poorest in our midst are given a special place. Together we will seek the abundance and equality that we find reflected in the biblical image of God’s great banquet table (Exodus 16:16-18 & Luke 14:12-24). Inspiring speakers will offer a faith-based vision for fair and humane food policies and practices, along with grassroots advocacy training, all culminating with Monday’s Lobby Day on Capitol Hill.

More information at the EAD website….

Ecumenical Advocacy Days 2011 February 15th, 2011

Come to Ecumenical Advocacy Days, March 25-28, 2011, in Washington, DC. During these days filled with worship and dialogue, we will be inspired and equipped to speak boldly on behalf of people-centered sustainable development and economic justice, physical safety, security and peacemaking, with a particular focus on those most impacted – women, girls and families…

In homes and communities, out in fields and marketplaces, along borders and in areas of conflict — violence, poverty, and other social evils disproportionately affect women and girls keeping them from attaining their full potential and impacting the wholeness and vibrancy of the full community.

Prepare now to hear from internationally known policy experts, stimulating theologians and inspiring preachers — along with Administration officials, Congressional aides and advocacy specialists.

REGISTER NOW for “Development, Security and Economic Justice: What’s Gender Got to Do with It?”

Ecumenical Advocacy Days

c/o Church World Service

110 Maryland Ave, NE Suite 404

Washington, DC 20002


Phone: (202) 997-8024 (Phone service provided by Presbyterian Office of Public Witness)

Faith Groups Join March for Immigration Reform March 23rd, 2010

Oblate JPIC at Imigration Rally 3-21-10

Fr. Fernando Velazquez OMI from Houston and George K. Ngolwe, Oblate JPIC staff, march for immigration reform

On Sunday, March 22, over 200,000 people from around the country rallied on the National Mall in Washington, D.C to pressure the United State Congress and President Obama to work to reform the broken immigration system. The faith community was joined by tens of thousands of people from civil rights, immigrant, family and labor groups.

The March for America targeted the Democratic majority in Congress and the Obama Administration with a simple message saying that comprehensive immigration reform needs to be a priority now. “If it is not, don’t count on us  to turn out for the November 2010 congressional elections,” warned the activists.

Fr. Fernando, OMICardinal Roger Mahony of the Los Angeles Archdiocese told the crowd that the Catholic Church stands with immigrants and is in this fight until the end. Cardinal Mahony denounced the continuing immigration raids and decried the fact that children continue to be separated from their parents. He said the rally would force leaders in Congress to hear the stories of immigrants’ daily struggles.

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