Advocacy Day - Maryland Catholic Conference

Advocacy Day

Be a voice for hope and justice at Catholic Advocacy Day 2022!

 

February 16, 2022 is the statewide day of action for Catholics in Maryland with our state legislators. 

We will select three priority issues, one each from education, respect life, and social and economic justice. Action alerts will be posted here, on Facebook and Twitter, and via email to members of the Catholic Advocacy Network (or text, if you signed up). All you have to do to bring your voice before the Maryland legislature is sign, click and send. 

Join the Catholic Advocacy Network now so you are ready for Catholic Advocacy Day. 

How it Works

1. Learn about the issues in our Advocacy Day Briefing Room

Advocacy Day topics are selected a few days prior to the big day, based on priorities and activity in the General Assembly. We will provide background and information on why the issues are important to Catholics

You also can follow our testimony here during session and see the kinds of issues we follow here.

2. Invite your friends 

Use our Catholic Advocacy Day toolkit for graphics, social media and bulletin/Flocknote announcements. 

3. Take action - email, call or send a video message to your legislators

Get advance notice on the issues and three action alerts on Feb. 16 by joining the Catholic Advocacy Network, or visit this page.

Tips if you want to call instead of email:

  • Introduce yourself, noting you are a constituent from [your neighborhood or town name]. You can mention other connections, such as a shared alma mater or parish.
  • Briefly say why you are calling, drawing from the text of the alert.
  • Ask for the legislator's support of your position.
  • Be polite, even if the person doesn't agree with you. Your elected officials represent you and it's their job to care about what their constituents feel about issues. 
  • Don't argue. Acknowledge you disagree, reiterate your position, and ask that your point of view be considered when voting. 
  • Thank the person for his/her time.

4. Share

Post on social media (use the hashtag #MDCatholic) and share the action alerts with your friends and other parishioners.


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Amid the daily concerns of political life, “the smallest, the weakest, the poorest should touch our hearts: indeed, they have a ‘right’ to appeal to our heart and soul. They are our brothers and sisters, and as such we must love and care for them.”

- Pope Francis, Fratelli Tutti, 194


FAQ

1. My legislator doesn't agree with the church on these issues. Why should I bother sending a message or calling? 

As a Catholic, you are one of more than 1 million Marylanders who share our faith. Standing together, we are a strong voice worth listening to and legislators listen to their voters. Even if your senator or delegate doesn't personally agree with you, he or she still represents you and needs to know where you and other constituents stand on important issues like these. We have seen the power of speaking up for change. 

If your elected Senator or Delegate doesn't agree with you, it might be helpful to remind them just how much of an impact Catholics like you are having their district. Learn more about the Catholic presence in your district here.

2. I don't know who my state legislators are. How can I find out?

When you sign the alert, it will automatically go to your legislators. You also can look them up here.

3. How do I know my messages will go to the right person? 

When you fill out the form with your home address on the action page, the system the Maryland Catholic Conference  identifies your state senator and delegate based on where you live and sends your message directly to them. Be sure to use your home address. 

4. I used to come to Lobby Night in Annapolis. Will we be doing that, too? 

Thank you for participating in Lobby Night in the past! This is our third virtual Catholic Advocacy Day. We found that this allows more people to be involved - and the pandemic has significantly restricted access to the House and Senate buildings. 

5. Why these issues?

We anticipate at least 2,000 bills to be introduced this session in Maryland. The Maryland Catholic Conference works to identify, follow and advocate on many issues. Timing, the need for direct action and other considerations guide our activity and focus at different times during the session. The issues we highlight are pending before the General Assembly and would have a significant impact on our faith and those we serve. In addition to Catholic Advocacy Day, we send issue-specific action alerts at other times during the session. Sign up for the Catholic Advocacy Network to get those. 

6. I took the action and I shared about it with my network. Now what? 

Stay involved! Join us on Mondays as we pray for our legislators, follow us on social media (@mdcatholic on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram), and join the Catholic Advocacy Network to stay up-to-date on these and other issues.