Attached you will find the March 2013 Voice of the Poor newsletter.
With so many key decisions pending at this time in Congress and at State Legislatures that can affect positively or negatively the life of the people we serve, advocacy efforts have taken most of our attention during the last two months.
The newsletter discusses action on Medicaid Expansion, on Immigration Reform and on Building a Circle of Protection for the Poor and Vulnerable in the US and abroad, in spite of budget constraints.
As Vincentians, we are called to advocate for the people in need and to challenge other Catholics to make a difference.
The newsletter offers several examples of collaboration with other groups. Collaboration is key in the public arena. Large numbers of people / groups working together are crucial to achieve results. One example is Voice of the Poor working with Network on Medicaid Expansion, another is Tucson / Phoenix VOP working with Arizona Interfaith Network on Medicaid and Education, another is Arizona Catholic Bishops working with religious leaders of other denominations on Immigration Reform. Collaborations are always specific to certain issues only and Voice of the Poor always acts in its own name.
Finally, the newsletter presents an article that links together the various parts of the work of the Society: Direct Assistance, Referral to External Programs, Advocacy and Systemic Change.
As usual, the Tucson Voice of the Poor team is eager to receive your comments and suggestions.
Tucson Diocesan Council
Western Region Voice of the Poor Representative