Advocacy Organizations

Bread for the World is a nationwide Christian movement that seeks justice for the world’s hungry people by lobbying our nation’s decision makers.

Children’s Defense Fund’s mission is to Leave No Child Behind® and to ensure every child a Healthy Start, a Head Start, a Fair Start, a Safe Start, and a Moral Start in life and successful passage to adulthood with the help of caring families and communities.

Coalition on Human Needs is an alliance of national organizations working together to promote public policies that address the needs of low-income and other vulnerable populations.

Emergency Campaign for America’s Priorities (ECAP) is a nationwide campaign of national and grassroots organizations committed to reversing the Administration’s policy of drastic cuts to programs that primarily benefit the poor and middle class in order to finance tax cuts that benefit the wealthy and special interests.

Franciscan Action Network (FAN) is a grassroots, faith-based legislative advocacy organization with a growing national base of organizations and persons who are inspired by the witness and example of St. Francis and St. Clare of Assisi.  FAN’s work is presently supported by 41 Franciscan organizations throughout the United States as it works to build a base of persons who can propel this movement forward.  FAN’s mission is to bring a coordinated and effective voice to matters of justice, peace and care for creation to Washington, D.C., throughout the U.S., and beyond.

Friends Committee on National Legislation is a nation-wide network of Quakers and like-minded people who work together to bring Friends’ values to bear on public policy in our nation’s capital.

Jubilee USA Network is part of a worldwide movement to cancel the crushing international debt of impoverished countries by the new millennium.

The National Policy and Advocacy Council on Homelessness (NPACH) is dedicated to ending homelessness through grassroots advocacy and inclusive partnerships.

Nuclear Reduction/Disarmament Initiative is sponsoring a an urgent call for people of faith to endorse a statement calling the United States and Russia to fulfill their commitments under the Nonproliferation Treaty and move together with the other nuclear powers, step by carefully inspected and verified step, to the abolition of nuclear weapons.

National Priorities Project has extensive data on federal budget trade-offs and how federal budget and tax priorities affect states.

Oxfam America is dedicated to finding long-term solutions to poverty, hunger, and social injustice around the world. NETWORK is a sponsor of Oxfam’s “Fast for a World Harvest” campaign. Also, visit, an interactive online learning tool that illustrates the root causes of poverty and hunger in the world.

SOA Watch is dedicated to closing the School of the Americas (SOA). A documentary video about SOA can be ordered from Hidden In Plain Sight.

Social Justice

Catholic Charities, U.S.A. is the largest private network of social service organizations in the United States. They work to support families, reduce poverty, and build communities.

Catholic Health Association – Under CHA’s leadership, leaders from the U.S. Catholic community have launched an advertising and grassroots campaign to urge the President and Congress to restore Medicare, Medicaid, and other human services funding vital to maintaining high-quality health services in this country.

Center of Concern works with international networks promoting social analysis, theological reflection, policy analysis, political advocacy, research, and public education on issues of global development, peace and social justice.

Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) is a canonically approved membership organization that exists as a support system and corporate voice for leaders of institutes of women religious (Catholic sisters) in the United States. The purpose of the Conference is to promote an understanding of the religious life of Catholic sisters in the United States through its service to religious leaders.

Government-related Sites

The federal government is divided into the legislative, executive, and judicial branches.

The legislative body is the U.S. Congress, composed of the House of Representatives and the Senate.

More information about your Senators can be found here.

The President of the United States and his/her cabinet comprises the executive branch.

The Supreme Court comprises the judicial branch.

More information about the President and his/her cabinet can be found here and more information about the Supreme Court can be found here.