"An authentic faith always implies a deep desire to change the world." -Pope Francis, Homily on March 1, 2014 in the Church of Gesu
Download or print the National Advocacy Center’s Advocacy Handbook to find information about:
Visit Congress at Home
A face-to-face meeting with your Members of Congress, or a key member of their staff, is the most effective way to lobby your views. Taking the time to make a personal visit provides legislators with solid, real life evidence of the importance of a particular issue to their constituents. Moreover, discussions about pending legislation can educate and, ideally, influence their position.
Use Social Media
If you’re not on social media, you are missing a core and active constituency who want to be heard and want to be just. Help them help you.
Call for Action on Facebook
To start, make sure to like our page on Facebook and select "Get Notifications" by clicking the Like box again.
Make a Video for Youtube
Share Photos from Rallys & Marches on Instagram
Be sure to also follow us: @NAC4Justice.
Strategies for Social Success
For more great ideas on ways to get involved, such as organizing a rally, planning a visit, calling a talk radio show, see:
Organize the Grassroots
Host a teach-in
Organize a teach-in at your town hall, parish, organization or another community space where speakers can talk to an audience about your issue of concern.
Set up information tables at local events, flea markets, festivals and/or fairs related to your issue.
Have letters or petitions for them to sign and materials for people to take-away.
Hold a call-in or letter writing day in a local community space.
This could be organized prior to an important vote in Congress. What you’ll need:
Hold a rally, vigil or parade by your Member of Congress’s district or state office.
Involve your religious community.
For ideas on how to integrate advocacy into your Church’s ministry go to the U.S. Catholic Bishops' website and the Lutheran World Relief’s website.
Toolkits for Grassroots Issue Advocacy
Interfaith Toolkits to Save TPS Holders
You can help save the lives of 330,000 people in the U.S. who would otherwise be subjected to disease, violence, starvation, the aftermath of natural disasters, and other life-threatening conditions. If enough of us act, we can move the government to not deport U.S. residents who are TPS (Temporary Protected Status) holders.
Below are two toolkits (one on 5 quick actions to take right now and one that goes into great detail). In addition, here is a link to free graphics.
Toolkit to Protect Refugee Resettlement
The Refugee Council USA has provided a toolkit for advocates to use this winter (2017-2018) while Congress is out of session and Members are in their home districts. Our voices are needed now more than ever so Congress hears from and understands the broad and deep level of support Americans have for refugees.
Interfaith Toolkit for a Faithful Budget
Congress is preparing for critical budget decisions this winter; budget decisions that have to pass both the House and the Senate. Members of Congress need to hear from concerned constituents in order to stand strong against cuts to crucial programs.
This toolkit, developed by the Interfaith Immigration Coalition, will tell you the why and the how. (To learn more about our 2017 Faithful Budget, visit our Faithful Budget Page.)
Interfaith Toolkit on Human Trafficking
The Washington Inter-Religious Staff Community, of which NAC is a member, has put together an Interfaith Toolkit on Human Trafficking to educate individuals and members of parishes and organizations and then to help them mobilize and put an end to human trafficking.
The toolkit contains basic information about trafficking, as well as specific information on the connection between consumerism and trafficking, which is the theme of the 2017 toolkit.
We encourage communities to focus on the way in which consumerism and lack of accountability in business supply chains result in millions of people being trafficked or enslaved. The toolkit also contains faith-based resources and contains ideas for local faith communities to take action against human trafficking.
We hope this toolkit will help local faith communities across the country raise awareness, promote dialogue, and take moral action against the scourge of modern-day slavery.