Participate in Virtual Lobby Day
Lobby Day is a Bread event that occurs every year. It's part of our National Gathering and is a day when hundreds of Bread activists visit the Capitol Hill offices of their members of Congress in person. Participants in Lobby Day turn out to advocate on one or two important issues every year as a show of force.
If you aren't able to make it to Bread's 2014 National Gathering and Lobby Day June 9-10 in Washington, D.C., there is a way you can still participate and contribute to the advocacy that will happen: Participate in Virtual Lobby Day by calling your members of Congress on June 9 — one day before Bread members head to their office in person. We have a real opportunity to advance food-aid reform and immigration reform—two issues that are central to our goal of ending hunger. Here are the messages we’re taking to Congress on Lobby Day:
- Pass immigration reform without delay! Immigration reform will reduce hunger by ensuring immigrants receive fairer wages and work in better conditions. Our Christian faith calls on us to welcome the stranger, and with Congress’ attention already turning to the November elections, the window for a vote on major legislation is closing quickly. Congress must act now to provide a path to legalization and citizenship for undocumented immigrants.
- Reject changes to food aid that hurt the hungry! An obscure provision before Congress would change the transportation requirements for U.S. food aid in a way that would make the process of getting food to people in need slower and more expensive. Two million people would go without lifesaving food aid just to pad the bottom lines of a few powerful shipping companies, and that's not right. Congress must reject any action that increases transportation costs for food aid and support common sense food-aid reforms.
Pledge to make a difference during Bread's Lobby Day by calling your members of Congress on June 9 by going to www.bread.org/call. By registering on that page, you will receive instructions on making calls on June 9.
With hundreds of Bread members coming to Washington just as these issues are being debated in Congress, we have a huge opportunity to effect change. But we need our entire Bread community — including you via your phone — to really have an impact. We need to make sure Congress hears a loud chorus of Christian voices.
Plan Now for Bread for the World Sunday on Oct. 19
Now is the time to encourage your church to schedule Bread for the World Sunday. Sunday, Oct. 19, the closest Sunday to World Food Day (October 16), is the day many churches will select. Other churches will choose another Sunday during the fall when their worship service will include prayers and other activities focused on ending hunger. Rev. Dr. Barbara Rossing, professor of New Testament at the Lutheran (ELCA) School of Theology in Chicago and author of The Rapture Exposed: The Message of Hope in the Book of Revelation, has written a lectionary study on Matthew 22:15-22, the Gospel appointed for Oct. 19, for Bread for the World Sunday. Bulletin inserts and other resources will be available to order in July.
Photo: Natasha Bisbal (middle) of New York laughs while waiting with other Bread for the World members from her state to visit their member of Congress as part of Bread for the World's Lobby Day in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday, June 12, 2012. Photo by Rick Reinhard for Bread for the World