Cross-Cutting Advocacy – Foreign Assistance
Working with the White House, members of the U.S. Congress, and international leaders, we strive to educate political leaders on the tremendous impact the United States’ foreign assistance budget has in the global community and, specifically on those we serve through our programs. Through our work in Congress, we have continued our efforts to protect the foreign aid budget from additional cuts, allowing the continued support of humanitarian programs, poverty-focused aid, diplomatic programs and other vital help that millions depend on every year. Additionally, as a co-chair of the Interfaith Working Group on Foreign Assistance, we are pleased to have committed $100,000 over two years from private donors to assist in special projects on foreign assistance.
Our work to continue to support our refugee brothers and sisters both abroad and as they resettle in the United States continues as CWS works to address the global refugee crisis. More than 60 million people are currently displaced worldwide, the largest number since the end of World War II. Those fleeing Syria and parts of Africa, and natural disasters in Southeast Asia require help from the global North, and CWS works to secure greater assistance from the U.S. government.
Working with our partners at every level both domestically and internationally, the foreign assistance section of the Advocacy program continues our commitment to assisting and protecting the vulnerable.
Cross-Cutting Advocacy – Climate Change
Climate change is a very real problem that demands immediate answers. Impacting us all through the destruction of our climate and drastic changes in weather systems, climate change is an issue that is not just a problem for one nation, but all of humanity. Church World Service has joined the climate change movement with thousands of other organizations and faith communities to demand our leaders take action and save our global community from further destruction.
Working alongside other leaders in the movement, most notably ACT Alliance, CWS advocacy staff have raised the call to act around the world on climate change and environmental issues with members of Congress, U.N. officials, and senior White House officials. Partnering with members of local communities, we have joined activists at the grassroots level in many events, most notably marching in solidarity in The People’s Climate March in New York City to demand action from the U.N. General Assembly.
Through our work in the past year, CWS has emerged as a leader in the climate change movement, not only within the United States’ faith community, but internationally. Joining with other leaders from the international faith community, CWS President and CEO, the Rev. John L. McCullough, became a climate ambassador for the United States with the ACT Alliance Campaign for Climate Justice, and CWS Board Chairman, the Rev. Dr. Earl Trent, Jr., served as an Ambassador for the OurVoices Climate Change Campaign. Their leadership allows the faith voice be heard on this issue around the world and unites diverse faith groups around this urgent issue.
Working together with political leaders, international humanitarian organizations, grassroots climate change organizers and faith communities across the globe, CWS is proud to serve as a leader in finding sustainable solutions to the many environmental and humanitarian issues covered through the climate change movement.