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 are advocating on five issues for Catholic Advocacy Day. Access the action alerts here, on Facebook and Twitter, and via email to members of the Catholic Advocacy Network (or by 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 get alerts and updates during the General Assembly. 

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How it Works

1. Learn about the issues 

See the briefing room with a summary of each issue here.

You also can follow our testimony during session.

2. Invite your friends 

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

3. Take action! 

On Feb. 16, 2022, just click on the alerts on this page (Catholic Advocacy Network members will receive them via email).

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 reaching out?  

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 we are voters. Even if your elected official doesn't personally agree with you, the legislator still represents you and needs to know where you and other constituents stand on important issues. We have seen the power of speaking up for change. 

Learn more about the presence and ministries of the Catholic Church in your district.

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? 

Your home address on the action alert identifies your state senator and delegates based on where you live and sends your message directly to them. It is important that your enter your home address since that is where you vote. 

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 House and Senate buildings. 

5. Why these issues?

Over 2,300 bills have been introduced in Maryland this session. The Maryland Catholic Conference staff works to identify, follow and advocate on issues in three main areas: respect life; education, family and children; and social and economic justice.

Issues for grassroots advocacy are chosen based on timing, the need for direct action, and other considerations 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 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.