Advocating During the Summer Recess
This summer, the Wisconsin State Legislature will take a brief recess, while the U.S. Congress traditionally takes a recess during the month of August. Both the state and federal recess periods allow lawmakers time to return to their home districts to connect with constituents. That may look a bit different this year, but the month still holds meaningful potential for local advocates to advance relationships and engage with elected officials, ask questions, and share concerns.
Advocating to Your Congressional Representatives
The ELCA Advocacy Federal Office in Washington DC has provided some timely questions and talking points for your congressional representatives based upon this August recess: August Resource Opportunity 2020. Our national office has also provided a page detailed the ELCA’s commitment to being a publicly engaged church.
Because we are still coming out of the Covid-19 pandemic, the ELCA National Office has also provided resources to help you connect with lawmakers via a Virtual Visit. Finally, the August Recess Guide also contains ideas for communicating with your elected officials and candidates in–district this month.
Responding to the 2021-23 Wisconsin State Budget
The Wisconsin State Budget is the single most important piece of legislation to regularly pass through the Legislature as it sets our state’s priorities for the next two years.We encourage you to use this document to assist you in responding to the Wisconsin State Budget: LOPPW State Budget Priorities 2021-23.
2021-23 Budget Action Alerts (these will be sent to your State Senator & State Rep)
PDF of April 23, 2021 Supporting the Expansion of Eligibility for Driver’s Licenses and ID Cards in the State Budget: LOPPW Alert & State Budget April 23 2021
PDF of April 22, 2021 Care for God’s Creation (Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency, Green Jobs, Farmers & Land Conservation) in the State Budget: LOPPW Alert & State Budget April 22 2021
PDF of April 21, 2021 Care for God’s Creation (Equity) in the State Budget: LOPPW Alert & State Budget April 21, 2021
PDF of April 20, 2021 Badger Care in the State Budget: LOPPW Alert & State Budget April 20, 2021
VISITING YOUR LEGISLATORS
Setting up a virtual visit – Short Interview with Andrew Fuller, ELCA Advocacy Coordinator – Video. The video is based on this resource written Karen Krueger, Program Director for Advocacy Engagement – Virtual Visits
Also check out this short video Tips for Engagement from our D.C. office.
Advocating on a Local Level
Finding and Contacting your County Supervisors (Eg. of issue and website specific to Trempealeau Cty. but helpful for any issue and county in WI)
Advocating Locally – This is a resource for contacting your county but also could be used as a guide for advocating with municipalities.
Other Resources & Tools for Advocacy
Steps to introducing advocacy into your ministries, including a devotional series on our ELCA Social Statements: Our Church Our World 022018
Video from our D.C. Office! ELCA Advocacy: Set free to do justice – YouTube
ELCA Resource: Talking Together as Christians about Tough Social Issues: Found Here.
Braver Angels Resources. Braver Angels is an organization focused on bringing “more than civility, empathy, and goodwill” to conversations. “We need courage.” They accept donations but do not have specific fees for their workshops and trainings. Also, find an interview with Partnerships Specialist Julie Boler of Braver Angels Here.
Recent webinar: Lifting our Voices during the Pandemic: Co-sponsored by LOPPW and Women of the ELCA ECSW – Power Point Presentation & Recording
ELCA Resources – Money & Politics: Money & Politics: The Gradual Distortion of American Politics and its Impact on Poverty – What does the church have to say? 2016 Money & Politics Full Resource. For a summary of the longer Money & Politics document:2016 Money and Politics summary
ELCA Social Statement on Economic Life.