ELCA Advocacy Connections – March 2019

POLICY
ALERTS
RESOURCES
DATES
MARCH 2019
Foreign assistance funding
Congress passed a budget compromise in mid-February, including spending levels for international affairs programs. Some programs focusing on poverty reduction saw a slight increase, and the final bill also included allocations for global family and women’s health care programs. More >>

POLICY NOTES

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Yemen resolution in Congress
In mid-February, the House passed a Joint Resolution calling for an end to American military assistance to the Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen. Lutheran and other faith-based aid groups are urging an end to fighting in Yemen, now nearing the 5th year of war. More >>


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Just Transition and climate
ELCA Advocacy and faith-based partners are working with members of the Edison Electric Institute to find areas of commonality to address the impacts of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. Discussion is aimed toward a fair and equitable transition of the global economy to a carbon neutral, environmentally sustainable and resilient society. More >>


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International gender justice
In the State of the Union Address, President Donald Trump announced a new initiative called Women’s Global Development and Prosperity, with the goal of advancing women’s full and free participation in the global economy. More >>


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Central America accompaniment 
ELCA staff and AMMPARO network leaders will visit companions in El Salvador and Honduras in March. AMMPARO, was envisioned after witnessing the plight of children who are forced to flee their communities because of complex and interrelated reasons, including chronic violence, poverty, environmental displacement and lack of opportunities.
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ACTION ALERTS

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NEW: PERSONALIZE A PUBLIC COMMENT BEFORE APRIL 2 TO OPPOSE TIME LIMITS ON FOOD BENEFITS
Congregations across the ELCA provide daily bread for their neighbors and neighborhoods as a matter of faith. The USDA has proposed a SNAP rule that would put time limits on food benefits for unemployed and under employed people who can’t document a designated number of weekly work hours or job training. People who cannot meet the documentation requirement would lose SNAP eligibility after three months regardless of how hard they are trying to find work or advance job skills. More >>

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AUGUSTA VICTORIA HOSPITAL (AVH) IN JERUSALEM 
Delay in disbursement of $25 million of designated 2017 funding is contributing to an acute and severe cash flow crisis for AVH and five other Easter Jerusalem hospitals. Owned and operated by the Lutheran World Federation, AVH is the main cancer and kidney center serving Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza. Funds are used to make payments to pharmaceutical suppliers of cancer medications, pay salaries and avoid major interruption in the treatment of patients. More >>

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THANK YOU!
Your letters, public comments and phone calls bring Lutheran engagement into public discourse and action on issues that make a real difference for many who face hardships of hunger, poverty, homelessness and injustice in our local communities and around the world. Over 19,128 email messages, for example, were sent from Lutheran advocates through the ELCA Advocacy Action Center to Congress and the Administration in 2018. More >>

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HAVE AN IMPACT
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DATES OF NOTE

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COMMISSION ON THE STATUS OF WOMEN
Lutheran Office for World Community is helping Lutheran participants at this United Nations event. More >>
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ECUMENICAL ADVOCACY DAYS
Co-sponsored by the ELCA, event includes worship, education & training, and advocacy.  More >>