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What is Legislative Advocacy?

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Love comes in many forms. As Jesus told us to love our neighbors, doing so often means much more than simple acts of kindness. United Methodists have a long tradition of working to make life better for everyone, especially those Jesus called “the least of these.” Legislative advocacy turns love into policies that “resist evil, injustice, and oppression in whatever forms they present themselves (from the United Methodist Baptismal vows).” We advocate for changes in laws, systems, and structures in order to love others.

Recent Action Alerts

Urge Congress to Protect DACA Recipients by Passing the Dream Act

On October 5, 2022, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the 2021 district court decision that ruled the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy unlawful.  The case now goes back to the district court for renewed consideration of the new DACA rule published by the Biden administration. However, only Congress has the tools…

Establish the Truth and Healing Commission on Indian Boarding School Policies Act

For more than two hundred years assimilation processes have been adopted by the United States Government. These policies were intended to strip American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian children of their Indigenous identities, beliefs, and languages. These Indian Boarding School Policies established federally funded, off-reservation, and Christian-run Indian boarding schools. The motto to “kill…

Support Gun Violence Prevention Now

As of July 2022, our nation has been traumatized by 617 mass shootings. Bishop LaTrelle Easterling has released a number of statements as these shootings have continually unfolded in places like Smithsburg, MD, Uvalde, TX, Buffalo, NY, Charlottesville, VA, Colorado Springs, CO, and Chesapeake, VA. We mourn, grieve and pray for those who have lost…

End Discriminatory Immigration Practices of Title 42

On April 1, 2022, the Biden Administration announced its firm commitment to end Title 42, a discriminatory policy that prevents migrants from declaring asylum at the US/Mexico border. In response to the end of Title 42 Governor Abott of Texas issued an aggressive action to begin bussing migrants and asylum seekers from the southern border to Washington, DC.

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THERE IS NO HOLINESS BUT SOCIAL HOLINESS

United Methodism and the Social Principles

United Methodists work in partnership, actively lobbying local, state and national legislators, especially on such issues as homelessness, health care, immigration, violence prevention, worker justice, human trafficking, and the death penalty. Our stance on these issues is found in the Book of Resolutions and the church’s Social Principles.

We are called to play the Good Samaritan on life’s roadside… but one day we must come to see that the whole Jericho road must be transformed so that men and women will not be constantly beaten and robbed.  … After you lift so many people out of the ditch you start to ask, maybe the whole road to Jericho needs to be repaved.” 

– Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.