Invitation to Advocacy–adding your voice on behalf of others

The MNO Synod has recently participated in 2 advocacy initiatives.  Below is information about these initiatives, and about how others can add their support and involvement in these actions.

Open Letter Regarding Guaranteed Basic Income
Along with 40 other bishops across Canada, and more to be added, Bishop Jason has added his support to a policy request regarding Guaranteed Basic Income (GBI). Bishop Jason said, in regards to this request, “I believe that it allows us to firmly and faithfully live out our ministry priority of advocating for social justice. It is a way for us to provide care, concern, justice, and compassion for those who need it.”

Below you can find a link to the open letter, along with a template that you can use and share as you see fit to lend your support and join in this advocacy work.

Support for Funding of Charitable Organizations
ELCIC national and synodical bishops and treasurers joined together in signing a letter to the Minister of Finance supporting the funding of charitable organizations, in conjunction with the Canadian Council for Christian Charities (CCCC).

Below you will find links to the proposal from the Canadian Council for Christian Charities and related background material, the letter of support from ELCIC leaders, and templates for letters individuals can send to local MPs to add their support of the funding proposal.

 

GUIDELINES FOR WRITING LETTERS TO YOUR MP
When using the provided templates, please note:

  • This letter may be sent by email or by Canada Post to your MP
  • Letters to MPs sent through Canada Post do not require any postage
  • If sending by post, the MPs local office will receive the letter more quickly than their Ottawa office
  • It is critical to include your address, especially your postal code, in the signature portion of the letter that you send; this is how MPs determine that you are a constituent who they represent in the House of Commons
  • If you do not know your MP or their contact information, it can be found at https://www.ourcommons.ca/members/en

Letter campaigns like this are most effective when MPs receive a high volume of letters about the same issue. While it is more work, it is more effective if every member of a community writes a letter or email than to have one letter sent on behalf of everyone. This is a case where quantity is critical.