Activist Corner

Welcome to the Activist Corner. We update this page regularly with the latest information, tools, and resources, so make sure to visit weekly.

Bread for the World's 2017 Lobby Day opening worship service at St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Washington, D.C. Photo by Laura Pohl for Bread for the World

Act Now

Budget and Appropriations

  • Call (800-826-3688) or email your members of Congress and urge them to protect funding for critical anti-hunger and anti-poverty programs in the fiscal year 2018 spending bill.
  • Congress has until Jan. 19 to agree on a spending deal to keep the government running through September 2018. If they can’t reach consensus, lawmakers are expected to pass another short-term extension. At stake is funding for veterans, women and children’s nutrition, and international humanitarian and development programs.

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Immigration

  • Call (800-826-3688) or email your member of Congress. Tell them to protect Dreamers by passing the Dream Act now.
  • In the absence of congressional action providing a permanent solution for Dreamers, the termination of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program will put young people and their families in peril.

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Watch for action alerts. For additional talking points, contact organizing@bread.org or call 800-822-7323.


Schedule your letter-writing event

Your letters are still important. Please continue writing your members of Congress, urging them to protect funding for critical anti-hunger and anti-poverty programs. Since funding levels will not be finalized until Jan. 19, your advocacy can still have an impact. The 2017 Offering of Letters: Doing Our Part to End Hunger is available in English and Spanish and includes a sample letter to Congress.


Complete Your Activist Field Report Form

Have you met with a new member of Congress? We would love to hear about it. Tell us about your experience using the field report form.


Offering of Letters Coming in Early 2018

Bread for the World’s 2018 Offering of Letters: For Such a Time as This will focus on the budget. Starting in 2018, the full toolkit will now be primarily accessible through the web, with a condensed print version mailed to regular users. Stay tuned for more details in January.

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Tuesday, Jan. 16 at 4 p.m. EDT

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Pennsylvanian pastors Tim Seitz-Brown and Joel Gibbel published a letter to U.S. Sens. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) and Bob Casey (D-Pa.), and U.S. Rep. Scott Perry (R-Pa.-04)

Activists in Action

Pennsylvanian Pastors Address Tax Bill

Pennsylvanian pastors Tim Seitz-Brown and Joel Gibbel did not mince words when writing an open letter to their members of Congress in the Hanover Evening Sun titled, “The tax reform bill has made it plain.”

In a letter, published on Christmas Eve, addressed to U.S. Sens. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) and Bob Casey (D-Pa.), and U.S. Rep. Scott Perry (R-Pa.-04), they wrote:

“For me, it is plain. Candidates and political parties who prioritize the poor, the planet, peace, and challenge the powerful — they will get my vote. Those who make unjust laws, issue oppressive decrees, deprive the poor of their rights and prey upon the most vulnerable — they will hear my voice. (Isaiah 10:1-2)”

The tax bill, which was signed into law shortly before Christmas, sets the stage for cuts to anti-hunger programs in 2018 and will pose a challenge in the year ahead. People of faith are not letting the moment go unmarked. One of the best ways to get a member of Congress’ attention is to publish a letter to the editor, expressing either disappointment or gratitude, in a local news publication as Seitz-Brown and Gibbel did.

"The tax cuts pose a real threat to the programs that we care about," said Eric Mitchell, Bread for the World's director of government relations. "If we want to avert deep cuts, our grassroots will need to use every tool they have to make a lot of noise. We need to be clear that votes for legislation that increases hunger will have consequences."

As moral leaders, Seitz-Brown and Gibbel let their members of Congress know that unjust actions result in more than just losing a constituent’s votes in God’s kingdom.  Citing Matthew 25:31-46, the pastors write, “Jesus painted a vivid picture for the nations, describing the joy when we treasure the poor and the tragic consequences we bring upon ourselves when we ignore the poor.”

Margaret Tran, who leads organizing efforts in Pennsylvania, says that letters to the editor  and op-eds  help let members of Congress know that Bread members are not only relevant, but have a public voice. She hopes more activists will tap into their passion and put pen to paper.

“It’s such a joy to work with Pastors Tim Seitz-Brown and Joel Gibbel who are always ready for the next move as advocates,” Tran said.  “When the tax bill passed, they were fired up and ready to write!”

For help and tips about writing a letter-to-the-editor in your local paper, contact your Bread organizer or email organizing@bread.org.

More Resources: Activist Tool Kit

The Activist Tool Kit is intended for new and current Bread grassroots hunger activists. It provides a set of how-to sheets for carrying out advocacy and fact sheets on the current issues Bread for the World is working on.

It's ideal as a starter toolkit for new Bread activists or as a set of updates for current activists. Form your own toolkit by printing out some or all of the sheets in the kit.

How-tos:

Issues-related pieces:

Biblical resources:

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