The newsletter describes the legislative events of recent months and our Advocacy efforts for people in poverty.
At the Federal level, the SVdP Society issued several Action Alerts for a fair Farm Bill and related funding of SNAP and for an efficient and compassionate Comprehensive Immigration Reform with a Path to Citizenship, Reunification of Families and Protection of Foreign Workers. On these issues, the Society is cooperating with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Catholic Relief Services, Catholic Charities USA, National Catholic Rural Life Conference, among others.
Closer to home, we worked very hard on Medicaid Expansion with repeated visits to the Legislature and continuous Action Alerts. We were pleased that the Expansion, a common sense solution, prevailed. We were also involved in key local issues. In Arizona, at the State level, we advocated with AIN, the Arizona Interfaith Network, and locally with PCIC, the Pima County Interfaith Council.
We work with others, because we are conscious that with such complex issues and powerful competing forces, our work has a better chance to succeed when we join efforts. When doing this, we use common sense caution. We are obviously careful about who we associate with. We advocate only on those subjects for which the Society has issued an official position paper and we act always in SVdP's own name, rather than signing-on to positions by other organizations.
This newsletter includes also an article by Jack Murphy “Defending Our Beliefs without Hating Our Adversaries”, which is suggesting to us the style that we should use in our public discourse. This style reflects our Christian humility and, at the same time, allows us to be open to alternative solutions or point of views. A style that builds bridges, rather than burning them and helps to create community.
Finally, the work is not over. Much effort is ahead of us to obtain a fair Farm Bill and a decent Comprehensive Immigration Reform. To conclude this is the exhortation of the Tucson Council President, Dan Torrington: “Let us not be complacent … Let us not save our political capital for a rainy day … today is a crisis for millions of people … Let us get to the work at hand!”
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God bless you!
Tucson Diocesan Council
Western Region Voice of the Poor Representative