Dear EAD Advocates and Supporters,

We are excited that the week of #EAD2018 has arrived! As hundreds of us gather in the nation's capital this weekend for our 16th annual National Gathering & Congressional Advocacy Day, we are raising our voices for justice in "A World Uprooted," focusing on the needs of our brothers and sisters who are migrants, refugees and displaced people.

If you are planning to join us in person but haven't registered, you can still register online for the full conference or for one day. While there is registration on-site, registering online will save you time at the registration table.

We hope that those of you who are not able to be present in-person this weekend will take the opportunity to participate remotely by reviewing our Congressional Advocacy Ask materials and joining in our Facebook live stream of selected plenary events. We encourage those not able to be present in-person at #EAD2018 to organize local gatherings with other faith-based justice advocates and participate virtually in aspects of the National Gathering. Information on all these items is in this message below.

Whether you are in-person or remote, we hope you will lift your voice with ours as we advocate for justice for the uprooted, migrants, refugees and displaced people.

May God richly bless all of our efforts!

Rev. Dr. Leslie Copeland-Tune, Director of Ecumenical Advocacy Days and
the EAD Leadership Team
#EAD2018 Congressional Ask: Implement Just Immigration Policies; Confront Causes of Forced Migration

U.S. Capitol

Our world is experiencing massive upheaval and displacement due to violent conflicts, our changing climate and corruption. Ecumenical Advocacy Days for Global Peace with Justice calls on Congress to act to help the world's uprooted peoples, the majority of whom are children and women. Congress must:
  • Implement just and compassionate immigration policies; and
  • Confront root causes of forced displacement in light of U.S. policy.
We believe that God is with Dreamers, refugees, immigrants, outcasts and people struggling to overcome poverty. God calls us to offer hospitality to the immigrant and the sojourner, and to break down the dividing walls that separate us. Our faith teaches us the importance of keeping families together, welcoming newcomers with compassion and dignity, and aiding our neighbors in need across the world.
We call on Congress to act with compassion and exercise fiscal responsibility by redirecting funding used for deportations, detention and border militarization, and invest instead in our communities and support for refugees while increasing poverty-focused and peacebuilding international assistance to address the root causes of forced migration.
Gather Locally to View Select #EAD2018 Plenaries
on Facebook Live
Media and Cameras

Those not able to be present in-person at #EAD2018 will be able to gather locally with faith-based justice advocates and participate virtually in aspects of the National Gathering.

We will be live streaming selected keynote presentations and events in real time via Facebook Live from the EAD Facebook page:

Friday, April 20
7 pm. - Opening Celebration with Keynote Preacher Rev. Dr. Elizabeth Conde-Frazier

Saturday, April 21
8:30 a.m. - Policy Plenary with Dr. Elizabeth Ferris

Sunday, April 22
8:30 a.m. - Interdenominational Worship with Keynote Preacher Most. Rev Ricardo Ramírez


4 p.m. - Closing Plenary

7 p.m. - Remembering Dr. King in a World Uprooted

Visit the "Videos" section of the EAD Facebook page to view the live stream when it is active. Note that the live stream schedule is subject to change.
Support #EAD2018
Please consider a donation in support of EAD for its ongoing resourcing of advocates. Click here to donate today.
#EAD2018 Congressional Advocacy Day - April 23:
Call from Wherever You Are
A World Uprooted

As advocates in D.C. storm Capitol Hill on Monday, April 23, we invite remote participants, informed by the streamed plenary sessions and equipped with the Congressional Ask , to call into the D.C. offices of their Members of Congress.

If you need to look up the details for your Member of the U.S. House of Representatives or Senators in preparation for our #EAD2018 Congressional Advocacy Day, you may visit https://house.gov and https://senate.gov.  

We will follow up with more information about the call-in and include a short sample script for your use.
Get the #EAD2018 App; Connect on Social Media
Even if you are participating remotely, the #EAD2018 Event App can provide information helpful for planning lobby day call ins and alerts about livestream updates. Also be sure to follow EAD on Twitter, and our key hashtag - #EAD2018 - to stay updated via Tweets. Finally, like our page on Facebook for updates there.

Download the Event App
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Registration for #EAD2018; Alternate Housing Options

EAD Registration

If you are planning to join us in-person for #EAD2018 and haven't yet registered, you can still do so online or on-site for the full National Gathering or one-day registrations.

Register for EAD

Our hotel room block at the Doubletree is sold out.  If you are looking for hotels nearby, or cost-saving options for staying in D.C. be sure to check out our alternate housing page for more information. You may also find affordable hotel accommodations using online travel websites.
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