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March 2019: Take a Stand
As a nation, we are bound by a common thread as a country established by immigrants. We often neglect to acknowledge the dignity and contributions of modern-day immigrants in our midst—individuals who share in the centuries-old American immigration story.
This March, advocate, educate, and pray for more humane immigration policies during Ignatian Family Advocacy Month (IFAM).
The Kick-Off Event
IFAM Action Priorities
- hosting a Calling Congress party to gather your community to call your members of Congress to support more humane migration policies
- praying for migrants
- educating your community on immigration policy through in-person events and a social media campaign (see right sidebar)
- scheduling in-district meetings with your Congressional members’ staff to advocate for reform
1. Host a Calling Congress Party
Gather your community and your cell phones. We’ll provide the scripts. Calling Congress parties offer a quick, easy way to take action (calling only take 5-10 minutes), and serves as a great add-on to an education/prayer event, or a good opportunity to spend time with your community.
Step 1: Pick a time, date, and location. If possible, schedule the party during M-F, 9a.m-5p.m.; otherwise, your attendees will be leaving answering machine messages. The party location should be quiet enough to allow folks to make their calls. Bonus: provide snacks!
Step 2: Print your call-in scripts and help participants find office numbers for their members of Congress. We have provided 3 script options (DOWNLOAD HERE). Each participant should call both Senators and their Representative, and we recommend that folks use the U.S. Capitol Switchboard number (202) 224-3121 to be connected to their D.C. offices. Participants will need to know the names of their members of Congress to use Switchboard. Have volunteers on hand to help participants look up who they are.
Step 3: Call! Call! Call! Remember, each participant should make 3 calls. After your successful event, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know how it went!
2. Schedule In-District Visits With Your Members of Congress
Establishing and continuing relationships with your Senators and Representatives is crucial to advocating for justice. As both representatives and members of your communities, every Senator and Representative has an office–often multiple offices–in their home states. Visits to these offices are an impactful way to speak, neighbor to neighbor, with members of Congress to let them know why and how migration policy impacts your community.
Elevate the conversation and help others learn about the issue by hosting educational events in your campus, parish, or community.
Join the Ignatian family in praying for families threatened by deportation and for wisdom for leaders in Congress, and invite your family and community to join you!