Newsletter: Legislation, Events, Resources

February 6, 2007

Legislative Update
The 110th Congress has kept a breakneck pace since it began January 4th. Thank you for responding to our EPPN alerts - this is an update on those issues:

Minimum Wage: Thanks to dedicated advocates like you Congress has now, for the first time in more than 10 years, passed legislation to increase the federal minimum wage! Differences are now being worked out between the House and Senate bills before going to the President for his signing.
HIV/AIDS Funding: Thanks to your efforts and hundreds of thousands of other Americans, congressional leadership preserved more than $1.3 billion in FY'07 funding increases for the fight against AIDS, TB, and malaria worldwide - saving the lives of more than 100,000 people in poor countries in 2007.
Stem Cell Research: This legislation passed the House and will soon be considered by the Senate. Click here for more details about the House vote and an opportunity to send a message to your Senators.
Investment in Alternative and Renewable Fuels: This legislation passed the House (1/18) and will soon be considered by the Senate.
Iraq War Resolution: Under White House pressure to block any resolution criticizing the proposed troop increase, the Senate is now engaged in procedural wrangling and has delayed a final floor vote. House members are discussing, but have not introduced, legislation on the troop increase.

Events You Can Join!

  • Ecumenical Advocacy Days (EAD) will hold its 5th annual conference in Washington, DC, March 9-12, 2007. This is a gathering of religious advocates concerned about U.S. policy on a variety of issue areas focused around a common theme of children. EAD is a great opportunity for fellowship, renewal, and action with other advocates dedicated to peace and justice. Registration and additional info:
    **There will also be a pre-conference on reauthorization of the "No Child Left Behind Act" the day before Advocacy Days opens.
  • Churches for Middle East Peace is hosting a Middle East Peace Advocacy Conference, May 6-8, 2007, in Washington, DC. This ecumenical conference will focus on US policy and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict with speakers, workshops, advocacy preparation and a day of lobbying your elected officials. The program will begin on Sunday evening and conclude with Tuesday’s Hill appointments and will include a special session for denominational gatherings.
  • Check out other advocacy events on the EPPN Calendar!

NEW! "God’s Mission in the World" –
A Study Guide on Global Poverty and The MDGs

"God's Mission in the World" is a study guide on global poverty and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), produced jointly between the Episcopal Church and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Intended as a resource for congregations and other groups who are looking to broaden their understanding of global poverty and become part of the worldwide movement achieving the MDGs, the guide features six weekly sessions examining Christian understandings of social justice, global poverty, and the MDGs. The guide is available through Episcopal Books and Resources.

Policy for Action Update/Addendum
General Convention 2006 passed several resolutions related to public policy. We have prepared an addendum to Policy for Action: Engage God’s Mission which includes Executive Council Resolutions from 2003 to 2006 and General Convention 2006. You can download the addendum from the EPPN website: