Pray the Vote: Make Poverty a Priority in Election 2012
30 seconds: Send a tweet to the presidential debate moderators: @MarthaRaddatz (#VPDebate moderator on 10/11) and @crowleyCNN (moderator on 10/16) asking them to #TalkPoverty and pay attention to questions raised by Matthew 25. You can find tweeting tips here.
Two minutes: Send a message to your elected officials asking them to clearly state what they will do to address poverty.
Ten minutes: If you haven't yet, watch the two presidential candidates' videos about poverty and faith below, and see what church leaders are saying about poverty and the 2012 election.
One Hour: Get equipped to change election conversations to focus on poverty with this online training webinar on October 18, 2:00-3:00pm EST.
Attend a town hall meeting: Ask good questions at local town hall meetings. Use election 2012 resources from the NCC Public Education and Literacy committee to ask questions about "repairing the breach" in our public education system that continues to leave kids behind.
For furthur election 2012 resources, including important information about making voting accessible to all, check out Operation EMR (Educate, Mobilize, Register) from the African Methodist Episcopal church and Our Faith, Our Vote from the United Church of Christ.
SEE WHAt NCC LEADERSHIP ARE SAYING
Watch the Videos
For more than a year, leaders of Christian communions and agencies have come together to form a "Circle of Protection" around funding for programs that are vital to vulnerable people in the United States and around the world. Leaders of the Circle of Protection coalition asked both the presidential candidates to create videos explaining their plans to protect the most vulnerable. Check out their responses below.
The Circle of Protection
The Circle of Protection, the group that arranged for the request and release of the above videos, is composed of more than 65 heads of denominations, relief and development agencies, and other Christian organizations representing a wide array of churches in the U.S.A. The Circle of Protection does not support, oppose or in any way endorse either of these presidential candidates.
National Council of Churches
Since its founding in 1950, the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA has been the leading force for ecumenical cooperation among Christians in the United States. The NCC's member faith groups — from a wide spectrum of Protestant, Anglican, Orthodox, Evangelical, historic African American and Living Peace churches — include 45 million persons in more than 100,000 local congregations in communities across the nation.