"And what does the Lord require of you but to DO JUSTICE, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God." (Micah 6:8)
"SPEAK OUT for those who cannot speak, for the rights of all the destitute. Speak out ... defend the rights of the poor and needy." (Proverbs 31:8-9)
Members of the Baltimore-Washington Conference believe in the Methodist principle of putting their faith into action to bring about systemic change for the good of all people, especially the least, the last and the lost, who play a special role in Christ's ministry.
To bring about change, United Methodists work in partnership with others, actively lobbying local, state and national legislators, especially on such issues as homelessness, health care, immigration, violence prevention, education, welfare, home energy costs, the death penalty and gambling.
These are the issues on which the BWC is focusing its advocacy efforts in 2012:
- Gun Violence
- Health Care
- Advocacy For Victims of Human Trafficking - PLEASE HELP
- The Face of Modern Slavery (Nicholas Kristof, New York Times)
- God in a Brothel: Interview with Daniel Walker, human trafficking investigator and founder of NVader
- Forgotten Girls: Stories of Hope and Courage, podcast with authors Kay Marshall Strom and Michele Rickett
- Contact Beth Reilly to connect with other advocates working on human trafficking legislation and education
- Death Penalty Repeal
- Testimony to Oppose E-Verify
- Testimony for Tobacco Tax
- Testimony on Asset Forfeiture Bill
- Testimony on Human Trafficking
Resources and Links
- Advocacy Toolkit - Learn how to influence your legislator, work with the media and build a Social Justice ministry.
- Upcoming Events - Mark your calendars now for these advocacy dates.
- Voicing Your Faith - Learn how to contact your legislators in Maryland, West Virginia, and the District of Columbia.
- Responding to action alerts - How to effectively take action
- The Social Principles - What United Methodists believe
April 10, 2013: DC Rally for Immigration Reform and Support for Immigrants – more information will be forthcoming.
Rally for Gun Violence Prevention - March 1,2013