Advocacy2018-08-22T14:23:31+00:00

Advocacy

As Catholics we are called upon to give a voice to the voiceless and speak out for the rights of all who are vulnerable. Guided by this principle, Catholic Charities of Louisville is committed to advocating for justice in social structures.

The agency’s advocacy work operates out of the Mission Advancement Office. CCL carries out the advocacy agendas of United States Conference Catholic Bishops (USCCB), Catholic Conference of Kentucky (CCK), Catholic Charities USA  (CCUSA) & Catholic Relief Services (CRS).

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FY19 Refugee Admissions Presidential Determination

  1. FY2019 Refugee Admissions Goal: We urge our elected officials to see that the Administration commits to resettling at least 75,000 fr FY2019
  2. Refugee Admissions Accountability for FY 2018. We urge elected officials to ensure the Administration conducts robust ongoing processing of refugees already in the pipeline and continues to add new refugees to the pipeline. The projected number of refugees admitted to the U.S. for FY2018 will be only 21,000 refugees, less than half of the 45,000 refugees allowed to be admitted in 2018.
  3. Appropriations: We ask for robust funding to support resettlement efforts and ensure that the Refugee Resettlement goal of 75,000 refugees admitted to the U.S. in FY 2019 can be successfully met. We also ask for robust humanitarian emergency and overseas funding for internally displaced persons and for refugees in host countries.

Thank you for all your advocacy efforts in solidarity with our sisters and brothers forced to flee their homes, and for your encouragement of Catholics and others of good will to act as well.

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First Responder Advocacy Call Group

Contact Deacon Lucio Caruso at lcaruso@archlou.org or Mark Bouchard at mbouchard@archlou.org for more information.

Responder Advocates are strong supporters of CCUSA, CRS, and USCCB, who have a special interest in the Church’s domestic and international social justice public policy work. Responders commit their time to support CCUSA, USCCB, and CRS advocacy efforts and are represented by key members of Congress.

Responders are ready, willing, and able volunteers who will commit to make the phone calls, write the personalized emails and establish the in-person relationships with key members of Congress throughout the year.

a. Send a personalized email message to lawmakers (no more than 2x per month)

b. Make a phone call to lawmakers (text to call—no more than 2x per month)

c. Organize/lead and/or participate in district visits to lawmakers (twice per year)

Responders will receive from above mentioned organizations:

  • Regular, personalized updates on legislation and policy initiatives as needed.
  • Personalized talking points and leave behind documents for in person visits.
  • Invitation to special Washington, DC fly in days and other training opportunities.
  • Special Go-to-Advocates swag items such as a t-shirt, backpack, pens, notepads and folders.
  • CCGP Website to Log Visits: https://www.confrontglobalpoverty.org/act/toolkit/district-visit-form/
  • Planning and participation in the annual Catholics at the Capitol Program
  • Planning 2 presentations per year for public consumption, regarding Faithful Citizenship
  • Promoting / supporting  Voter Registration initiatives