Advocacy

We would like to invite you to watch a 60-second video about Bread for the World’s 2017 Offering of Letters: Doing Our Part to End Hunger to find out how we, our families, our government, churches, community groups, and businesses can do to end hunger.

 

You are invited to join an “in-district visit”

The USCCB is inviting all Catholics to visit members of Congress their local offices during the Congressional recess week of February 20-24. This is the first time the Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns will be joining in-district visits with the USCCB. We hope you will participate, too. Let’s let our members of Congress know the issues important to our Catholic communities.

If you decide to participate, please let us know. We are available to answer any questions and offer support. Email us at ogc@maryknoll.org or call (202) 832-1780.

Overview of Major Accomplishments

During the 2015-2016 legislative session, Michigan lawmakers approved many MCC-supported items. Here is a brief overview of ten of those items, with a more detailed report of the 2015-2016 advocacy efforts of Michigan Catholic Conference staff coming in mid-January 2017. Michigan lawmakers approved measures to:

  1. Allow faith-based child placement agencies to continue serving Michigan’s vulnerable children in a manner that is consistent with their religious beliefs,
  2. Reimburse nonpublic schools for the cost of state health, safety, and welfare requirements,
  3. Prevent abortion coercion and support women in crisis pregnancies and their children, up through their first year of life,
  4. Expand the Homestead Property Tax Credit to help low-income residents,
  5. Extend the Healthy Kids Dental program to low-income children in all of Michigan’s counties,
  6. Allow low-income individuals to receive extra food assistance by increasing state energy assistance (Heat and Eat),
  7. Reimburse schools who voluntarily test water for lead,
  8. Help more low-income families purchase weather appropriate school clothing for their children,
  9. Improve protections for the privacy of domestic violence victims and post the national human trafficking hotline number in public areas, and
  10. Expand shared time services to kindergarten.

Tell your elected officials to support peaceful solutions with Iran, in Syria

Crisis on the Border

“Migration is still seen as an emergency, or as a circumstantial and sporadic fact, while instead it has now become a hallmark of our society and a challenge.” Pope Francis’ Message to Mexico

Migration of Unaccompanied Children on the Rise

The unprecedented rise in arrivals of unaccompanied migrant children is fast becoming a humanitarian crisis. Read More

MCC’s June FOCUS, The Issues, The Candidates & Your Vote, includes information about Catholic teaching and questions that will help evaluate candidates when voting at the ballot box.

Take Action

This week, the Senate will vote on increasing the minimum wage.  Consider taking action today, as your Senators need to hear from you that no working person should earn a poverty-wage.  In their pastoral letter “Economic Justice for All,” the US Conference of Catholic Bishops has clarified that a wage “should guarantee man the opportunity to provide a dignified livelihood for himself and his family on the material, social, cultural, and spiritual level.”
Take Action

Jail Outreach Ministry     

http://jail-outreach-ministry.com/

Thank you to SMH middle school for inviting parishioners to get involved during Christmas and Easter.
Thank you to our Confirmation Candidates for inviting parishioners for an evening of service for the Jail Outreach Ministry.  We put together the laundry baskets filled with paper goods, personal hygiene kits, and bags of “Food for a Day”.  These items will be distributed to the people who visit the Jail Outreach Ministry in Pontiac whether they are families of inmates in need of a meal or items for their home, or homeless people who stop by in search of some assistance.

How does this project further the Mission of Jesus ?

In what way do the corporal and spiritual works of mercy apply?

Which principles of Catholic Social Teaching apply?

What questions could we ask to get to the root cause of teenage incarceration?

Check the CSNews for current events!

Immigration

http://www.justiceforimmigrants.org/index.shtml

Immigration 101, Webinars, Events