Current Action: Justice for Immigrants Campaign
Immigration reform legislation may soon be considered Congress. Help us show your Senators and Representatives that Catholics and other supporters of immigrants want our elected officials to enact meaningful and compassionate immigration reform.
New York State Catholic Conference
Official public policy voice of the Catholic Church in New York State.
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Department of Justice, Peace and Human Development
Official site of the USCCB - includes information on Catholic social teaching and its impact on the Church's position on issues of national and international importance.
Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD):
Established by the National Conference of Catholic Bishops (NCCB) in 1969, as the Catholic Church's domestic anti-poverty program, CCHD’s purpose is to provide the funds to support projects that support self-sufficiency and self-determination for people who are working to bring permanent change to their communities by emphasizing empowerment and participation for those in poverty. By helping the poor to participate in the decisions and actions that affect their lives and communities, CCHD empowers people to move beyond poverty.
Catholic Charities USA:
The national voice for diocesan Catholic Charities on public policy and service issues.
Catholic Charities USA Poverty Campaign:
In 2006, Catholic Charities USA, recognizing poverty as a "threat to the Common Good," launched a campaign to cut poverty in half by the year 2020.
Catholic Relief Services: The international aid and development arm of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.
CRS: Operation Rice Bowl: The official Lenten program of Catholic Relief Services. It calls for Catholics to reach out and assist our brothers and sisters around the world through the traditional Lenten practices of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving while learning about their lives overseas.
CRS Legislative Network: encourages Catholics to advocate on national and international issues important to the development of peoples around the world. Sign up to become a member.
CRS: Fair Trade Program
When you buy fair trade products you are making a strong connection in "solidarity" with hardworking but impoverished workers around the world. CRS' Fair Trade network guarantees fair wages to disadvantaged artisans, farmers, and workers. It provides the technical and financial assistance to poor people that they rarely get in a conventional trading system.
Fair Trade Coffee: assists parishes, schools and families to buy fairly traded coffee.
Work of Human Hands: encourages Catholics to host a consignment sale in their parish, school, or workplace, allowing people to buy beautiful items and give gifts that give hope.
If you are interested in implementing any of these programs in your parish and would like help, please contact Thomas Dobbins at Catholic Charities Department of Social and Community Development.
212-371-1000 ext. 2473
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