Subject: Early Registration Extended for Ecumenical Advocacy Days!

Early registration has
been extended to March 23!

Lobby Day International "Ask" to Focus on Reducing Violence, Protecting Human Rights Defenders
The Leadership Team of Ecumenical Advocacy Days for Global Peace with Justice (EAD) is pleased to announce the International  "Ask" for Lobby Day on
Monday, April 8th. In addition to focusing on voting rights and securing democracy in the U.S., EAD participants will focus on reducing violent conflict and protecting human rights defenders abroad.
International Ask:
Self-determination and democratic aspiration are being hammered around the world by violence. Violence and violent conflict are now the leading causes of displacement worldwide, driving 80 percent of humanitarian need and a major cause of human rights violations, according to the World Bank. Furthermore, at least 321 human rights defenders mobilizing their communities for change were killed in 2018 within just 27 countries. Congress must act to reduce violent conflict and strengthen respect for human rights and protection of human rights defenders abroad by supporting both the Global Fragility Act and S. Res. 80 creating a Human Rights Commission in the Senate. 
The Global Fragility Act requires the U.S. government in collaboration with global civil society to develop a 10-year strategy to reduce current levels of global violence, especially since violent conflict undermines these rights and human dignity abroad. By acting on S. Res. 80 to set up a Human Rights Commission in the Senate, Congress will create an ongoing structure to complement a similar existing commission in the House of Representatives, and make human rights issues and the protection of human rights defenders around the globe a more central part of discussion and policymaking in the U.S. Congress.
Join us as we make our voices heard on Capitol Hill. Make sure you register today!
Voting Rights, Securing Democracy the Focus of EAD's Lobby Day Domestic Ask
This year, the U.S. Domestic Ask during Lobby Day will focus on voting rights and securing democracy in our nation, a timely issue following numerous accounts of voter suppression during the 2018 election cycle. 
U.S. Domestic Ask:
We urge Congress to strengthen the voices of all Americans in our democracy, and the voices of human rights defenders around the world by working to eliminate violent conflict and all threats to civic engagement and human dignity.
As people of faith, we believe every human has the God-given right to self-determination.  This right is threatened by the suppression of voting rights, barriers to voting and infiltration of big money in campaign finance.  We urge Congress to pass to pass to:
  • Expand and modernize voter registration, 
  • Ensure polling places are accessible for all, 
  • Establish election day as a National Holiday, 
  • Implement fair redistricting and end partisan gerrymandering,
  • Improve voter oversight, 
  • Restore voting rights for returning citizens, 
  • Reform campaign finance structure; and 
  • Restore the Voting Rights Amendment.

Join us as we make our voices heard on Capitol Hill. Make sure you register today!

Pre-Conference Theology Workshop
The National Council of Churches will host a Pre-Conference Theology workshop at EAD again this year. The title of the workshop, which will be held at
2 p.m. on Friday, April 5th, is "Biblical and Theological Reflections on Movement Building and Social Justice Activism." 

Through panel presentations and conversation we will explore how our faith informs, shapes and inspires us to movement building and social justice activism. Presenters will present both theological rationales and practical examples to help you become more effective in this type of ministry in our respective settings. 

More details are forthcoming. All EAD participants are invited and encouraged to attend this pre-conference event. No separate registration is necessary. 
Reserve Your Hotel Room Today!

Ecumenical Advocacy Days will again meet at the DoubleTree Hotel Washington, DC -- Crystal City, 300 Army-Navy Drive, Arlington, Va. The conference dates are April 5-8, 2019. There is a group block with discounted rates but you have to make your reservation by March 12, 2019.  Book your room today!
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