Catholic Advocacy Day 2014:
Justice & Life for All!
On Friday, February 21, over 470 people gathered in Olympia for this year's Catholic Advocacy Day, an Archdiocesan-wide initiative to strengthen Catholic advocacy and public education that addresses the needs of poor people in Washington State. Our mission calls us to "join with others to change the systems, which oppress, discriminate or otherwise cause human suffering," and Catholic Advocacy Day offers us a powerful opportunity to be a voice for change.
Participants traveled from as far away as Bellingham, Spokane, Sunnyside and Vancouver to join us. The day began at St. Michael's Parish in Olympia where everyone heard a legislative briefing on the issues including Economic Justice, Children's Mental Health and Mental Health Services, the Housing Trust Fund, and Children's Safe Products provided by Sr. Sharon Park, Executive Director, and Donna Christensen, Lobbyist with the Washington State Catholic Conference. Mass was then led by Most Rev. J. Peter Sartain, Archbishop of Seattle, concluding this portion of the day.
Energized by the presentations and sharing Mass together, participants then departed on buses bound for the State Capitol just a short distance away. Many of those attending wore red and everyone carried bright red folders emblazoned with the words Justice & Life for All.
Throughout the early afternoon participants met with legislators and staff from their home districts and shared information and stories of how the decisions that are made during the current legislative session affect the poorest and most vulnerable people in the state. It was a great day of enthusiastic advocacy on behalf of those we serve!
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