A central element of Catholic Advocacy Day is communication back to Catholic Legislative Network members about how their elected representatives plan to vote on a certain issue. Click here for a summary of the positions taken by each elected representative visited by a delegation. You will notice some interesting things as you page through the reports. For instance:
Catholic Advocacy Day
Delegates from every diocese in California gather in Sacramento every year for Catholic Advocacy Day. After learning about the issues in their own dioceses, they meet with their elected representatives to be a voice for life and dignity at the state Capitol. This year, on April 25, they will be advocating on several bills important to all Californians. Many will also bring local issues of importance to their diocese to the attention of lawmakers.
“We left with a sense of support and being heard,” said Armando Cervantes, a delegate to Catholic Advocacy Day from the Diocese of Orange.
That sense of empowerment and type of encounter is not uncommon for people who take part in the annual event in Sacramento organized by the California Catholic Conference. This year, nearly 50 lawmakers and their staff in Sacramento received delegations from arch/dioceses across the state.
On April 19, delegates from arch/dioceses around California visited Sacramento to talk with lawmakers on issues important to the Catholic community in California. Those volunteer delegates sought to learn the stance of their elected officials on a number of issues. They told the lawmakers that those positions would be communicated to the members of the Catholic Legislative Network in California.
To measure the value of Catholic Advocacy Day, both to participants and lawmakers, the California Catholic Conference requests feedback. The response from delegates is almost always overwhelmingly positive. People learn that interacting with their legislators is not as challenging as it might appear. In fact, like any new experience, the more one tries, the easier and more effective the communication becomes.
Tuesday morning started very early for some dedicated advocates. Traveling from all over the state to Sacramento, almost every diocese in California was represented at the Capitol for the annual Catholic Advocacy Day.
Please submit one report for each visit. The information you provide will be sent to all Catholic Legislative Network members in the legislator's district so it is important that the data be accurate and informative. During your visit please assertively work to determine the legislator's position on each of these bills and let him or her know you will be distributing the information to Network members. Reports are due May 5, 2017
After becoming familiar with the issues and hearing last minute updates on legislative maneuverings, Catholics from around California spread out into the halls of the Capitol to bring a message of life and dignity to lawmakers.