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Thursday, February 19, 2009

Advocacy Training re: Immigration Reform and New Sanctuary Movement

Plan to attend the Advocacy Training Event at Central Baptist Church this Saturday, Feb 21st, from 8:30am to 12:30pm. Breakfast is included.

One of the topics to be addressed in small groups will be Immigration Reform, which we have identified as a focus issue for education and advocacy.

The CBC Board of Outreach has lined up 2 people to present information on immigration issues -- Antony Dugdale, who works with the Hotel and Restaurant Workers Union in Philadelphia, and Peter Pedemonti, who is co-director of the Philadelphia New Sanctuary Movement.

The advocacy training general session will be lead by Rev. Lisa Harris from ABC-USA National Ministries. She will address a number of issues including:
  • How can we most effectively engage in the advocacy work that our faith calls us to?
  • How do we know what legislation is out there? What resources are there to evaluate it?
  • Where can we find out who our congressional representatives and who their staff are?
  • Is there a new paradigm for citizen participation in the Obama presidency?

The training will also include small group breakout sessions when you will choose from one of several focus areas:
  • Healthcare Reform – Dr. Stephen Gambescia, Drexel University College of Nursing and Health Professions
  • Gun Violence Prevention – Pastor Dolores McCabe, Eastern University and Millcreek Baptist Church
  • Immigration Reform – Antony Dugdale, Hotel and Restaurant Workers Union, and Peter Pedimonte, New Sanctuary Movement