Representing diverse backgrounds—from Egypt to Niger, Bhutan to the Democratic Republic of Congo—these organizers spent four days engaged in deep discussions, advocacy training, and meeting with Hill staff.
Although their term as community organizers ended in May, the commitment of the 2022-2023 Advocacy Corps to supporting Native American issues has not. For ten months, they lobbied for the establishment of the Truth and Healing Commission on Indian Boarding Schools.
Meet the 2023-2024 class of Advocacy Corps Organizers. These young adults from around the United States will be advocating for Congress to build safer communities by investing in violence interrupters.
June is Gun Violence Awareness Month. While the terrible and growing number of high-profile mass shootings continues to make news, these events represent just a fraction of the toll that gun violence extracts. Community-level shootings, acts of intimate partner violence, and suicides comprise most gun violence incidents in this country.
In March, more than 300 young adults converged in Washington, D.C,. (and online) to learn a new strategy for making our communities safer from gun violence: violence interrupter programs.
Sometimes advocating for preventing gun violence can seem challenging and, frankly, a bit lonely. So, the opportunity to spend time with more than 300 young and motivated people who came to Washington, D.C., to lobby for dedicated funding for Community Violence Interrupters was refreshing.
Every day, 321 people are shot in the United States. For decades policymakers have debated how to address the scourge of gun violence, often defaulting to a militarized police response. This solution has repeatedly failed, with sometimes fatal consequences. We need a new way forward, and a promising solution does exist. That’s where FCNL’s network of young adult advocates comes in.
When we talk about poverty, hunger, and homelessness, college students and young adults are not often centered in the conversation. However, researchers have documented growing economic insecurity for this demographic. Congress should take steps to make EITC and SNAP provisions permanent to address the growing poverty rates among young Americans.
It has been more than 30 years since Congress enacted the Immigration Reform and Control Act. This inaction comes at an enormous cost to our immigrant neighbors, coworkers, classmates, and friends—and there is a cost significant to the United States as a whole.
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