#EAD2018 Announces International Panel;
Initial Lobby Day Ask
Ecumenical Advocacy Days for Global Peace with Justice is pleased to announce an international panel presentation as one of its plenary sessions at its 16th annual National Gathering in Washington, D.C., April 20-23, 2018 on the theme of "A World Uprooted: Responding to Migrants, Refugees and Displaced Persons."

Entitled "Conflict, Corruption, Climate Change & The World's Uprooted," the panel will include: Rev. James Makuei Choul, Executive Director of the Presbyterian Relief and Development Agency, speaking about South Sudan; John Din, Coordinator of the Columban Lay Missionaries in the Philippines; and Rev. Tafue Lusama, the Secretary-General of the Christian Church of Tuvalu, a small island nation to the southwest of Hawaii whose residents face first-hand the daily dangers of climate change. The moderator for the panel will be Asma Lateef, Director of the Bread for the World Institute.

The international panel joins previously announced plenary speakers including  Rev. Dr. Elizabeth Conde-FrazierDr. Elizabeth Ferris and  Rev. Julian DeShazier (JKwest). Additional speaker announcements will be coming soon, along with a complete list of workshop titles and topics, expanding upon the topics previously highlighted.
U.S. Capitol

#EAD2018 Congressional Ask to Focus on Domestic Immigration & International Policies Addressing Forced Displacement

Additionally, as efforts are underway to determine specific legislative asks for our Monday, April 23 Congressional Advocacy Day, the broad outline for our ask is  now available:

Our world is experiencing massive upheaval and displacement due to violent conflicts, our changing climate and corruption. We call on Congress to act to help the world's uprooted peoples, the great majority of whom are children and women. Congress must:
  1. Implement just and compassionate immigration policies;
  2. Confront root causes of forced displacement in the light of U.S. policy.
Based on legislation before Congress in April 2018 where EAD advocacy can have the most impact, the general policy appeal noted above will be narrowed down to two specific legislative "asks" to address policies in the U.S. and abroad. Talking points will be provided for use by participants, along with a "Leave Behind" for Congressional offices. These resources  will be posted for participants' review in April.
Young Adult Scholarship Application Deadline Extended
Young Adults at EAD

The original deadline for Young Adult Scholarship applications for #EAD2018 has been extended to March 17. Limited scholarships will be available from EAD, based on need, for young adults (Ages 18-35 ONLY) to attend the 2018 National Gathering. These scholarships will only apply to partial or full waivers of the registration fee, but will not apply to housing, transportation or food costs (aside from the lunches included with the registration fee). There may also be additional scholarships available based on denominational affiliation.

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Registration and Hotel Bookings Reminder;
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The deadline for early bird reduced rate registration for #EAD2018 is fast approaching! Make sure you register soon to take advantage of the discount for the full gathering. Our hotel room block is also filling up! Guarantee your discounted rate for EAD at the Doubletree Hotel and make your reservation today. Finally, stay up-to-date with the latest about EAD by downloading the 2018 Event App, even before the gathering. Download the free app for iOS or Android today.

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