Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy.
NEW - Urgent Advocacy Needs - Summer 2020
URGE CONGRESS TO STAND WITH DREAMERS
Recently, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the executive branch had provided a legally inadequate reason for terminating Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), keeping DACA in place for the moment. However, the decision also made clear that this administration or a future administration could still terminate DACA if they followed the proper procedure, underscoring the ongoing need for Congress to pass legislation to ensure that hundreds of thousands of young people who are currently residing and working lawfully in the U.S. do not lose those protections.
A broad range of evangelical Christian leaders have prepared the letter below to urge Members of Congress to work together in a bipartisan fashion to urgently resolve this situation. You can read the full letter and add your name to this letter below, which we will then deliver to appropriate Members of Congress.
You may also contact Congress directly! Contact congressional representatives with this message at (202) 224-3121 and you will be directed. OR you can contact direct:
Sen. Marsha Blackburn Email Form HERE or call at (202) 224-3344 @marshablackburn
Sen. Lamar Alexander Email Form HERE or call at (202) 224-4944 or (901) 544-4224 @senalexander
U.S. House District 8 Representative David Kustoff at (202) 225-4714 @repdavidkustoff
U.S. House District 9 Representative Steven Cohen at (202) 225-3265 @repcohen
What is advocacy? Advocacy is using your voice, rights, and privileges to speak out against issues of poverty and injustice. This is done by influencing those in positions of power to promote changes to the policies and structures that are harming the most vulnerable and by ensuring that beneficial policies are maintained. This is also done by raising awareness within our personal circles of influence that leads to agreement and action on behalf of the most vulnerable.
Why advocate? In a world where good intentions often fail to translate into real action, advocacy is an accessible and effective way to stand for the vulnerable. If you have the privilege to vote or the ability to write in English to a legislator, you wield power that many refugees and immigrants lack. Using this power to speak up for the powerless helps to build a just society where all people have an equal chance to thrive.
Who does World Relief Memphis advocate for? In line with our mission to stand for the vulnerable, we focus our advocacy efforts on refugees and immigrants in the Memphis Area. While the struggles of these populations are similar to those of many Americans, refugees and immigrants face additional challenges of language, culture and policies that make them especially vulnerable.
The Great Advocate: We at World Relief Memphis regard Jesus as humanity’s great advocate. He lived and died on our behalf. He empowered the poor, challenged unjust structures, and pleaded to God for our forgiveness. Over and over again, he intervened for disadvantaged people to bring redemption, renewal, and hope. Jesus calls us to follow his example by pleading the cause of mercy and justice in our communities, workplaces, and countries; and by advocating on behalf of those who cannot speak for themselves. This call to advocacy resonates throughout the Bible and compels us to act.
Take Action to Stop the Separation of Immigrant Families
Since April 2018, news reports have highlighted a deeply troubling new U.S. “zero tolerance” policy that separates children from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border. Families, many of whom are fleeing violence in Central America and seeking the asylum protections offered to them under U.S. law, are being divided as parents are charged criminally and children, labeled as “unaccompanied,” are transferred to the custody of the Department of Health and Human Services. This harsh policy, designed to deter families from seeking safety in the U.S., is already having long-term traumatic impacts on vulnerable children.
In response, World Relief, The Justice Conference and We Welcome Refugees have created an advocacy campaign, as well as a host of resources, to help others understand the crisis better and speak out about it.
WHAT'S AVAILABLE NOW:
Take Action to Stop the Separation of Immigrant Families: an advocacy campaign, prompting advocates to take action by signing a petition or by contacting their members of Congress via calls and/or emails.
What You Need To Know About Families Separated At the Border: a blog post by Matthew Soerens, National Director of Church Mobilization for World Relief and co-author of Seeking Refuge and Welcoming the Stranger, detailing the ins and outs of this crisis
Immigration Infographic: a shareable graphic overviewing Matt's blog post.
Advocate by Volunteering
Put words into action by volunteering with World Relief alongside refugees and immigrants in Memphis! Learn more about current volunteer opportunities HERE.
As part of our efforts within the Evangelical Immigration Table, World Relief helped launch a campaign called Pray4Reform which challenges Christians around the country to pray for our legislators as they consider changes to immigration policy. Watch this video to hear why Evangelical Christians in Memphis encourage Congress to support Immigration Reform.
After watching the video, here are two specific ways to participate:
1) Sign up for prayer requests at www.pray4reform.org and encourage others to do the same.
2) Share this video on social media with the hashtag #pray4reform.