On Monday, November 18th, Teach-In participants will take their voices to the Hill to address three very important issues:
- Humane Comprehensive Immigration Reform
- U.S. Policy Toward Central America
- Environmental Justice
Please use the tabs below as supplemental resources during your preparation for IFTJ 2014.
Schedule & Prepare For Your Advocacy Meetings
Individual delegations are responsible for setting up visits with their Members of Congress. If your delegation is from California, Ohio, or New York, please contact Jacqueline Wyman at email@example.com for assistance in coordinating your Senate meetings. All delegations are encouraged to set up meetings with their Representatives.
How to Set Up Your Meeting:
(Start this at least FOUR weeks before the IFTJ)
2. Contact the scheduler in your Congressperson’s office and ask for an appointment with the Member or the Legislative Assistant.
3. Start calling to set up your appointment FOUR weeks in advance.
4. You may need to fax your appointment request. Download your IFTJ sample requests below!
5. Tell the scheduler the date & times you are available, the issues you want to discuss and who will be present during the visit.
6. Confirm the visit by phone a day or two before the appointment
7. Let ISN know when you have set up a meeting here!
Sample Scheduling Letters
We stand with the United States Catholic Bishops and the U.S. Jesuit Provincials in asking for immigration policies that:
- Create a process for undocumented immigrants to earn citizenship;
- Keeps families together;
- Enacts the Development, Relief & Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act;
- Respects the rights of workers;
- Protects those most vulnerable, especially women and children.
U.S. Policy Toward Central America
We ask the Obama Administration and Congress to:
- Invest in the right of Central Americans, specifically in El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala where homicide rates are some of the world’s highest, to live and work in safe and economically stable communities. In order to make safety and stability in the region a priority, the U.S. must stop militarizing the region.
- The U.S. must not encourage or finance programs that degrade the ability of people fleeing violence
to access safety in other countries.
- Ensure that Central Americans fleeing harm have a full and fair process for accessing refugee status
and other protections.
We call on U.S. policymakers to:
- Support the EPA’s Clean Power Plan which responds to climate change domestically and globally.
- Collaborate with international leaders to develop and implement a future global climate agreement that promotes sustainable international environmental standards.
- Invest in multilateral funds to build climate resiliency of vulnerable communities in our nation and worldwide.
- Develop new jobs in sustainable industries like energy efficiency and green infrastructure.
Ecumenical Advocacy Days – Tips for preparing for a meeting and advocacy meeting role play videos
Where does your representative stand on the issues?
U.S. Policy Toward Central America
ISN’s U.S. Policy Toward Central America Resource Page
Toolkit for Advocating for the Rights of Unaccompanied Minors
U.S. Jesuit Conference and Ignatian Solidarity Network
Letter to Rep. Boehner from Tom Smolich, S.J. Regarding Unaccompanied Minors
Why Are People Fleeing Central America?
U.S. Jesuit Conference
Why Children Are Fleeing Central America
Bread for the World
Resources for Teachers on Central America
Teaching for Change