Bread for the World’s 2018 Advocacy Summit and Lobby Day

June 11 and 12, 2018 in Washington, D.C.

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Join Bread for the World for Lobby Day 2018

What happens during the Advocacy Summit and Lobby Day?

Unlike previous years, this year’s Advocacy Summit and Lobby Day will stretch over two days. There will be a dinner and legislative briefing on June 11. The following day, on June 12, a morning gathering and breakfast will take place ahead of Capitol Hill visits with members of Congress.

Lobby Day is an opportunity for Bread members and activists to communicate one-on-one with their members of Congress and their staffs. When activists visit Capitol Hill in large numbers, all at the same time and around the same issue, they have a better chance of their advocacy being heard.

The day will end with an evening reception, including awards given out to legislators, and a worship service where participants can share with others about their day. Hors d’oeuvres and refreshments will be served at the reception.

To learn more about what happens at Lobby Day, read about last year’s event here.

What will we be talking about this year?

This year's theme is "For Such a Time as This." The theme is the same as the 2018 Offering of Letters, which is focused on urging Congress to make funding decisions that will end hunger by 2030.

Bread for the World members lobby members of Congress to end hunger. Photo: Bread for the World

Why should I attend?

The Advocacy Summit and Lobby Day offers a unique opportunity to come together with advocates from across the country to communicate personally with members of Congress and their staff in Washington, D.C. Studies show that one-on-one-communications between constituents and their members of Congress often cause a tipping point that results in lawmakers supporting a bill.

For many participants, Lobby Day is the first time they are meeting with their members of Congress or their staff in person. In-person lobbying on Capitol Hill is another dimension of advocacy — and a fascinating one for both new and veteran activists. It’s democracy in action, and often it’s awe-inspiring to actually be in the halls of power in our federal government and participating in its business.

The Advocacy Summit and Lobby Day is for activists of all types — those who are new to in-person lobbying in our nation's capital, those who are veterans of it, as well as anyone with experience between those ends of the spectrum.

Those new to the Advocacy Summit and Lobby Day or coming to Washington, D.C., alone can often visit congressional offices with other people from their state, which can make the process of in-person lobbying less intimidating.

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St. Marks Episcopal Church in Washington, D.C. Photo: St. Marks Episcopal Church

When and where is the Advocacy Summit and Lobby Day?

This year’s Advocacy Summit and Lobby Day is on Monday, June 11 and Tuesday, June 12, 2018 in Washington, D.C.

Participants will gather at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 301 A Street, SE., on Monday evening for a meet and greet reception followed by a dinner program and legislative briefing. We will reconvene at St. Mark’s on Tuesday morning before heading out to congressional office visits.

The closest Metro stops are Capitol South on the Orange, Blue, and Silver Lines and Union Station on the Red Line.

Questions?

If you have questions about this event, contact Karyn Bigelow at lobbyday@bread.org or 800-822-7323, ext. 1149.

TENTATIVE SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Monday, June 11

Time Activity Description
12 p.m. to 4:30 p.m Latino Leaders Convening & Pan African Consultation (Invite Only) 12 p.m. to 4:30 p.m
Latino Leaders Convening & Pan African Consultation (Invite Only)
4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m Meet and Greet Reception 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m
Meet and Greet Reception
5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Dinner Program and Legislative Briefing 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Dinner Program and Legislative Briefing

Tuesday, June 12

Time Activity Description
8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m Morning Worship 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m
Morning Worship
9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Regional Caucusing 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Scheduled Lobby Visits on Capitol Hill 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Regional Caucusing
4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Reception on Capitol Hill 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Reception on Capitol Hill
5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Closing Worship 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Closing Worship
"Moses said to God, 'Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh...?'
He said, 'I will be with you...'"

Exodus 3:11-12

Bread for the World activists prepare to lobby their members of Congress. Photo: Bread for the World

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