Local Advocacy Initiatives
We encourage regular correspondence with legislators, and particularly we urge people to become regular visitors to local district offices. We are available to help parishes and their committees plan and prepare for a variety of advocacy activities.
Voices for Justice
Voices for Justice is an archdiocesan legislative network that is grounded in Catholic social teaching and works to put children and families first in public policy at the state and federal level. Members participate in annual issues briefings, training in legislative skills, action alerts during legislative sessions, opportunities to visit with legislators and government leaders, leadership development for network liaisons, and opportunities for grounding our legislative actions in spiritual and theological reflections.
Voice for Justice members work closely with the Wisconsin Catholic Conference and other local, state, national and international advocacy organizations. Every two years the Wisconsin Catholic Conference sponsors a day of education and advocacy for all Catholics followed by an opportunity to meet with legislators. The Archdiocese of Milwaukee has reserved a coach bus in the past to transport attendees to “Catholics at the Capitol”.
Do you want to become engaged in advocacy efforts with the Archdiocese of Milwaukee? Contact Rob Shelledy at firstname.lastname@example.org or 414-758-2286 to discuss your interests and be added to the distribution list.
Federal Legislative Issue: Immigration
Immigration – To encourage U.S. Senators and Representatives to enact compassionate and meaningful immigration reform that Catholics and supporters of immigrants want from our elected officials, sign an electronic postcard to Congress.
Postcard to Congress
Conscience Protection/HHS Mandate
Religious Organizations – Numerous cases have been filed by dioceses and religious organizations that cannot comply with the HHS Mandate due to their religious beliefs. Some of these cases (e.g. The Little Sisters of the Poor) were decided in favor of religious liberty, but other challenges to the regulations were not successful. The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops supports the religious liberty rights of individuals, private employers, and religious organizations, and filed an Amicus Curiae brief in the Supreme Court.