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​POLITICAL ADVOCACY TOOLS

As United Methodists, we recognize “our commitment to become faithful witnesses to the gospel, not alone to the ends of the earth, but also to the depths of our common life and work.” (United Methodist Social Principles, Preamble)

UMKR has collected some of the many great resources for political engagement created by our partners in the Palestinian rights movement.

This collection is a work in progress, and we will be adding to it in 2022.

Resources on this page:
General Board of Church and Society (GBCS), United Methodist Church
US Campaign for Palestinian Rights (USCPR)
Churches for Middle East Peace (CMEP)

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The United Methodist Church General Board of Church and Society (GBCS)
GBCS has a helpful collection of resources for civic engagement for United Methodists and all people of faith and conscience.
Included in their toolkit:
Formulating Your Story provides prompts that will assist you in communicating how your faith, story, and hope for a better future.
Visiting Decision Makers names step-by-step instructions on how to schedule and conduct a meeting with your decision makers as you advocate for justice.
Planning a Prayer Vigil is a checklist and timeline that will help you execute a well-planned prayer vigil for your concerns.
Calling Decision Makers supplies a sample script and steps for you to register your perspective on an issue.
Writing to Decision Makers presents you with helpful tips for writing your decision maker and an example letter from a concerned United Methodist.
See the GBCS Toolkit "Creating Change Together"









US Campaign for Palestinian Rights (USCPR)
USCPR offers an excellent collection of resources for political advocacy.

Find your legislators' record on actions and issues that concern Palestinians in USCPR's Congressional directory.
Their online Advocacy Kit has sections on:
• Contacting Congress
• What You Need to Know to Make an Ask
• Summaries of Key Legislation
• Mobilizing at Town Halls
and more!
See this collection at
https://uscpr.org/AdvocacyKit
Download FAQs on Israeli-Palestinian issues and US Policy
Download their 23-page Congressional Advocacy Guide









Churches for Middle East Peace (CMEP)
CMEP has a very helpful and succinct Grassroots Activism Guide that touches on several key ways to influence public policy, including preparing for, participating in and following up on congressional meetings, Letters to the Editor, Social Media, and more.
See it on their website: 
https://cmep.org/takeaction/101-grassroots-activism-guide/
Download it here

Another great action resource from CMEP is Best Practices for Effective Advocacy: 
See it on their website

Download it

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