“The need to resolve the structural causes of poverty cannot be delayed, not only for the pragmatic reason of its urgency for the good order of society, but because society needs to be cured of a sickness which is weakening and frustrating it, and which can only lead to new crises.”
-- Pope Francis, Joy of the Gospel
Holy Trinity engages in advocacy when doing so is necessary to transform systems such that all of God's children are able to live dignified lives. The social justice committee has identified several specific criteria to help determine whether to invite the parish to engage in an issue.
Bread for the World’s 2017 Offering of Letters aims to realize a world in which all of God’s children are fed. Our goal is to create political will by writing our policy makers and urging them to create pathways out of hunger and poverty and to adequately fund critical nutrition programs and international hunger aid programs.
On May 20 and 21, 2017 Holy Trinity parishioners wrote letters to our members of Congress asking them to make funding decisions that will put the country on track to end hunger by 2030. Parishioners also asked that Congress protect critical nutrition and international hunger aid programs. Then on Tuesday June 13, 2017 several parishioners traveled to Capitol Hill to deliver the letters and ask our members of Congress for their support on these important hunger issues.
DC’s Small Family Shelters. Recently Fr. Kevin wrote a letter to the ANC (Advisory Neighborhood Commission) for Ward 3 expressing Holy Trinity's support for short-term, small family housing in the Ward.
Previously, DC Councilwoman Mary Cheh (Ward 3) had issued a letter to constituents endorsing the Council-approved plan to close DC General and open small family shelters in each Ward. The letter answers many questions that neighbors and residents have had about the Ward 3 site on Idaho Ave, NW. It is worth a read, and you may find it on Councilwoman Cheh's website here.
You may also wish to read Fr. Kevin's letters to Mayor Bowser, Chairman Phil Mendelson, and Council Members Jack Evans and Mary Cheh commending them for their work to move forward with the Homeward DC plan that would close DC General Hospital as a shelter, open small family shelters throughout the City, and end homelessness in DC by 2020.
Please support the Jesuit Conference of Canada and the United States in their effort to send a strong message to Washington—Stop the recent immigration raids targeting Central Americans! For more background and to find the contact information for your Congressional representatives, go to this link and enter your zip code.
To read the statement of the Jesuit Conference of Canada and the United States, visit the Conference webpage. You may also wish to read the Conference's report on Hondurans in the Asylum Process, available here.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT HOLY TRINITY ADVOCACY
Advocacy involves engaging with elected officials and other decision-makers about matters affecting the poor and other vulnerable members of our community. The goal of advocacy is to transform the systems and structures that cause or exacerbate poverty, marginalize individuals, and ignore the dignity of the human person.
In recent years, Holy Trinity’s primary advocacy tool has been the Good Faith Communities Coalition, a local faith-based organization born at Holy Trinity that advocates for affordable housing and other needs for homeless persons in DC. For more information on Good Faith Communities Coalition, please contact John Hisle at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Holy Trinity also participates in the advocacy agendas of the Jesuit Conference and the US Conference of Catholic Bishops. Currently, much of the focus of those agendas is on economic justice and migrants, including children arriving unaccompanied from Central America. For additional information, also check out Ignatian Solidarity Network and Catholic Relief Services.