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April Webinar: Linking Incarceration and Hunger

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By LaVida Davis

It seems the news media is picking up on what many have known for a long time: Our criminal justice system is broken. But the explosion of the U.S. prison population is not just a criminal justice issue. It’s a hunger issue.

Register today for Bread for the World's webinar on Tuesday, April 21 at 4 p.m. EDT. We will examine the link between our criminal justice system and hunger.

For example, did you know?

  • More than 1 in 10 prisoners were homeless in the months before incarceration. For those with mental illness, the rate is closer to 1 in 5.
  • Studies show that a prison record reduces yearly earnings by 40 percent.
  • Many returning citizens are denied government benefits, including SNAP (formerly known as food stamps), TANF (welfare), and housing assistance. These bans are a recipe for hunger and recidivism.

But in Congress and around the country, there is growing momentum for change. You can be a part of it.

Legislation is moving in Congress, and as a Bread for the World advocate, you bring something unique to this conversation. Your faith and your heightened concern for individuals struggling with hunger is different from other voices out there.

To learn about incarceration as a hunger issue and what Congress is doing, register now and join us next Tuesday, April 21 at 4:00 p.m. EDT.

Submit your questions ahead of time to Tyion Miller at tmiller@bread.org. Check out our comprehensive how-to-guide on the webinar conference call and register today.

You can start learning about the intersection of hunger and incarceration today by reading our latest fact sheet.

LaVida Davis is the director of organizing and grassroots capacity building at Bread for the World.

Webinar: 2015 Offering of Letters Next Tuesday

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Joseph Molieri/Bread for the World.

By LaVida Davis

If I told you that Christians across the country intend to send thousands of letters to Congress this year, would you say Count me in?

If I told you that with enough of those letters we can make Congress act on behalf of the 16 million food-insecure children in the United States, would you say How can I help?

This year, Congress is reauthorizing the child nutrition act. Programs that feed our nation’s kids are at stake.

During February's national grassroots conference call and webinar, we will be talking about the 2015 Offering of Letters: Feed Our Children. Join us next Tuesday, February 17, at 4:00 p.m. (ET).

  • Hear about techniques and resources for hosting an Offering of Letters in your church, campus, or community.
  • Learn about our nation’s child nutrition programs and what improvements Congress can make to ensure that children get the meals they need so they can learn, be healthy, and grow strong.
  • Find out which members of Congress are on the key committees and what our experts think the year ahead will bring.

To learn about these issues and have all your questions answered, register now and join us next Tuesday, February 17 at 4:00 p.m. (ET).

Submit your questions ahead of time to Tyion Miller at tmiller@bread.org. Check out our comprehensive how-to guide on the webinar conference call and register today.

For every child who sits in a classroom too hungry to concentrate, we need Christians to stand up and advocate for them. 

Are you in?

LaVida Davis is the director of organizing and grassroots capacity building at Bread for the World.

January Webinar: New Congress and New Opportunities

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By LaVida Davis

2015 will be a big year. Even with the new Congress, you may wonder whether faithful advocacy can break through the partisanship and political dysfunction in Washington. It can.

You may not realize it, but Bread for the World accomplished a lot in 2014.

And we have some major opportunities this year.

Register for 2015’s first national grassroots conference call and webinar. Join us next Tuesday, January 20 at 4:00 p.m. (ET)

  • Hear the encouraging news of an impressive list of 2014 legislative victories.
  • Find out about the upcoming threats and opportunities for our work in 2015.
  • Learn techniques to use social media as a more powerful advocacy tool. Did you know that nearly every member of Congress has a Twitter account and a Facebook page?

To learn about these issues and have all your questions answered, register now and join us next Tuesday, January 20 at 4:00 p.m. (ET).

Submit your questions ahead of time to Tyion Miller at tmiller@bread.org. Check out our comprehensive how-to-guide on the webinar conference call, and register today.

LaVida Davis is the director of organizing and grassroots capacity building at Bread for the World.

After the Elections: Looking Forward

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By Lavida Davis

The elections are over, and the barrage of campaign rhetoric is finally quieted, but now a new dialogue begins. Let’s make ending hunger a part of it.

Register for the November grassroots conference call and webinar: After the Elections: Looking Forward on Tuesday, November 18 at 4 p.m. (EST).

What do the election outcomes mean for people of faith committed to ending hunger? Transition periods offer new opportunities. Join us this month for a special post-election conference call and webinar. Our experts will analyze the election results through the lens of hunger. You will get a preview of legislative priorities in the lame-duck session and through 2015. Plus, there is an exciting possibility for a last-minute effort to pass The Global Food Security Act!

We hope you can join us on Tuesday, November 18 at 4 p.m. (EST).

Submit your questions ahead of time to Tyion Miller at tmiller@bread.org. Check out our comprehensive how-to guide on the webinar conference call and register today.

LaVida Davis is the director of Organizing and Grassroots Capacity Building.

October Webinar Recap: Elections to Lame Duck

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Congress returns to Washington, D.C. November 12.  (Joseph Molieri/Bread for the World)

By Robin Stephenson    

The halls of Congress remain relatively quiet as members are in their home districts and states during the last couple of weeks before the midterm elections. They will return to Washington, D.C., on November 12 to get back to the nation’s business. Will they bring back a new commitment to end hunger?

Stephen Hill, Bread for the World’s senior organizer for elections, says that depends on how Bread members are engaging current and potential members of Congress in the next two weeks.

Speaking to Bread for the World members during the monthly legislative update, Hill said, “Making hunger an elections issue requires advocates to build capacity, build relationships, and build for the future.”  Hill has been pioneering new practices to make hunger an election issue in Virginia’s 10th Congressional District, just outside Washington, D.C.

Bread for the World believes we can end hunger by 2030 by building political will to make ending hunger a priority for our nation’s lawmakers. Sending lawmakers to Washington, D.C., with a mandate to end hunger begins on the campaign trail when voters engage them on the issues publicly.  Hill urged advocates to use the election resources designed to make hunger an issue in the next few weeks and in the next couple of years as we head toward the presidential elections of 2016.

Senior domestic policy analyst Christine Meléndez Ashley told Bread members what to expect in the post-election landscape. 

In November, Congress will return to the nation’s capital for what is referred to as a lame duck session:  the final session of the previous Congress before the newly elected 114th Congress begins work in the new year. The first order of business will be the budget, which was extended earlier in the year but expires on December 2. Congress must also pass the fiscal 2015 National Defense Authorization Act and work on a bill to renew $85 billion in tax breaks for individuals and businesses before the short session ends, which is expected to be on December 11.

Several issues that affect hungry people remain unresolved in the 113th Congress.

With two pieces of legislation affecting international hunger, Meléndez urged Bread for the World members to continue asking their members of Congress to cosponsor key bills: In the Senate, The Food for Peace Reform Act (S. 2421) would free up much-needed food-aid resources to feed millions more people in need. Also in the Senate and House is The Feed the Future Global Food Security Act of 2014 (S. 2909/ H.R. 5656) – legislation that will give the U.S. government the tools and resources it needs to better combat chronic hunger and malnutrition as well as to expand and better coordinate U.S. investments in improving global food security. Bread for the World will continue to press members on passing immigration legislation that addresses hunger both here and in sending countries.

The next national grassroots conference call and webinar is scheduled for November 18.

 

Webinar Today: Elections Prognosis for Anti-Hunger Advocacy

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By LaVida Davis

The November elections are a little over two weeks away. The outcome could shift the make-up of Congress, significantly affecting our advocacy efforts to end hunger in the United States and around the world. What is the prognosis, and what can you do in the coming days to promote anti-hunger champions in Congress?

Join us today for Bread for the World’s monthly national call and webinar. Hear the latest news from Capitol Hill, and get our elections predictions as they relate to ending hunger.

We hope you can join us today, Tuesday, October 21 at 4 p.m.(EDT).

Submit your questions ahead of time to Tyion Miller at tmiller@bread.org. Check out our comprehensive how-to guide on the webinar conference call and register today.

Lavida Davis is  the director of organizing and grassroots capacity building at Bread for the World

Register for September's National Call and Webinar

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Congress returned to Washington last week with no shortage of issues to address. But the House and Senate will be in session only for a couple of weeks before heading home to campaign.

What will members of Congress do in the few days they’re in Washington? How will they respond to the current crises here and around the world? How do the upcoming midterm elections impact things? Most importantly, what can you do to affect their legislative agenda?

Join us this month for Bread for the World's montly national call and webinar. Hear the latest inside news from Capitol Hill and predictions for the coming months. Get an additional elections update, and learn more about how you can raise hunger as an elections issue.

We hope you can join us on Tuesday, September 16 at 4 p.m.(EDT).

Submit your questions ahead of time to Tyion Miller at tmiller@bread.org. Check out our comprehensive how-to guide on the webinar conference call and register today.

Lavida Davis is  the director of organizing and grassroots capacity building at Bread for the World

Elevating Hunger in the 2014 Elections

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Summer is usually a quiet time with fewer things going on. But hunger issues don’t take a break, and July and August present good opportunities to prepare yourself and others for important work this fall in the midterm congressional elections.

To prepare yourself, start by attending Bread’s monthly conference call and webinar next Tuesday, July 15 at 4:00 p.m. ET.  This month’s call/webinar has the theme of Elevating Hunger in the 2014 Elections. You will learn ways you can raise the issues of hunger and poverty with candidates running for office. You’ll meet Bread’s new senior organizer for elections, Stephen Hill. And you’ll hear how other Bread members are engaging candidates and cultivating hunger champions this election season.

With the information you receive on the call and through the materials that Bread is producing for the 2014 elections, you’ll have what you need to equip yourself for work in the campaign leading up to the November elections. And then you’ll be prepared to help congressional candidates understand the issues of hunger and poverty.

As it has in the past, Bread is again turning to the congressional elections this year and the presidential election in 2016 as an opportune time and place to raise the issues of hunger and poverty with those who will take office and make decisions in the federal government. Bread is getting involved in these elections and is encouraging its members to engage with candidates as part of its plan to have a Congress and new president in place by 2017 who make hunger a top priority. This is a major step on the road of helping to end hunger by 2030.

Bread is using these summer months to help its members and activists get up and running for engagement with the candidates as congressional campaigns heat up. In August, candidates will be traveling around your district, campaigning hard for your vote, and that is a great time to get hunger on their agendas. 

Submit your questions for next Tuesday's call/webinar ahead of time to Tyion Miller at tmiller@bread.org. Check out our comprehensive how-to guide on the webinar conference call and register today.

LaVida Davis is the director of organizing and grassroots capacity.

Photo: Praying for immigration reform in front ot the U.S. Captiol in Washington, D.C. (Joseph Molieri/Bread for the World) 

Resurrecting Immigration Reform in an Election Year

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Gabriel and Jeanette Salguero, pastors at The Lamb’s Church in New York City, spoke at Bread for the World’s 2011 Gathering at American University on Sunday, June 12, 2011. (Rick Reinhard)

“Our broken immigration system is breaking apart families,” Rev. Gabriel Salguero told listeners during the April 15 national grassroots conference call and webinar.

Rev. Salguero stressed that it is urgent that the House of Representatives take up–and pass–immigration reform this year. Salguero, a leading voice in the call to reform U.S. immigration policy, is president of the National Latino Evangelical Coalition (NaLEC). 

Bread for the World believes immigration reform will reduce hunger and poverty. We ask Bread advocates to urge their representatives to pass legislation this year. The Senate has already passed a bill, but legislation continues to stall in the House.

“Inaction is not an option,” Rev. Salguero told advocates. Outdated immigration policy leaves millions of undocumented people in the shadows, where hunger and poverty persists. Roughly a third of the estimated 11 to 12 million people living and working in the United States without documentation live below the poverty line. Deportations rip families apart. DREAMers–the 1.8 million young people brought to the United States as children–live in fear of being banished from the country that is their home.

Addressing the likelihood of moving an immigration bill during an election year, Salguero noted that the last time immigration legislation passed, there were midterm elections.  However, advocates must build the momentum for action.  “We use leverage at the local level – such as town hall meetings,” said Salguero, “Tell Congress the faith community wants a vote.”

When Congress returns from the Easter recess next week, there are several urgent issues that need attention in order for progress to be made in the exodus from hunger: budget appropriations, an unemployment extension, a minimum wage bill, food-aid reform, and immigration reform should all be given high priority by leadership. 

In June, immigration reform will take center stage at this year’s National Gathering. Presenters include Rev. Salguero and immigration-rights leader Gaby Pacheco. Attendees to the Washington D.C. conference will also spend a day on Capitol Hill telling lawmakers that immigration reform is the moral thing to do and the time to act is now.

A conversation about immigration reform and inaction by Congress so close to Easter had particular poignancy to Rev. Salguero, who told webinar participants, “It is time to resurrect the conversation about immigration reform.”

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On the third Tuesday of each month, in an effort to best serve our grassroots and give them a legislative update, the organizing and government relations departments at Bread for the World host a conference call and webinar. The next call will take place on May 13.

Toward a Faithful Budget: Having an Influence

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President Obama recently released his budget, and Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) just released a report evaluating America's social safety net. As the budget debate begins, now is the time to bring our voices of faith to the discussion, or ending hunger will become a casualty of the negotiations over the fiscal year 2015 budget.

Join us this month for a special budget-focused conference call and webinar, Toward a Faithful Budget: Having an Influence. Our experts will review the current budget proposals and how anti-hunger programs fare in them. We'll provide practical actions you can take to influence your member of Congress and explain the budget timeline.

Our vision is a world without hunger. We have seen the strength of faith-filled advocacy in protecting funding for anti-hunger programs as Congress has proposed cut after cut. Your advocacy matters and makes a difference. Join us this month to learn how you can impact hunger in the budget again.

Submit your questions ahead of time to organizing coordinator Marion Jasin at mjasin@bread.org. Check out our comprehensive how-to guide on the webinar conference call and register today.

LaVida Davis is the director of organizing and grassroots capacity building at Bread for the World.

Photo: Rev. David Beckmann, along with government relations and organizing staff, update faithful activists during January’s grassroots conference call and webinar from Bread for the World’s office in Washington, D.C. (Christine Melendez-Ashley)

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