Why we advocate

In order to do our work of relief, development and peacebuilding, it’s important that MCC also works to address the systems and policies that contribute to poverty and injustice. Advocacy is how we do that.

Our advocacy work is rooted in the understanding that we are called by God to be a voice with and for the oppressed and marginalized. We take our inspiration from the biblical witness of Moses, Esther, John the Baptist, the prophets and Jesus himself.

At MCC we base our advocacy on what we hear from workers and partners on the ground; we believe loving our neighbors means their voices shape our message to governments.

Some of our advocacy work includes:

  • Analyzing policies from an Anabaptist perspective
  • Meeting with legislators and diplomats
  • Petitions and letter-writing campaigns
    Praying for government officials
  • Read the document below for a Biblical basis for advocacy 
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Centenial Flame on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

Canada Peace & Justice Office

The Peace & Justice Office is MCC’s voice to the Canadian government, advocating for policies that support our work of relief, development and peacebuilding.

We carry out peace and justice work across Canada and engage Canadians to build awareness, foster dialogue, and invite people to take action. 

Andres Mata, a member of the Volunteer Advocacy Coordinators Network (VACN)  stands outside of the Capitol building in Washington DC in between “Hill visits”, constituent meetings with congressional representatives and their staff on Capitol Hill.

U.S. National Peace & Justice Ministries

National Peace and Justice Ministries (NPJM) staff engage with Anabaptists and policymakers in the U.S. to educate and advocate. We strive for more welcoming communities and a more peaceful and just world.

We can’t do this work alone. Join us!

Flags outside the United Nations office

United Nations Office

Based in New York City, the MCC United Nations Office is a platform for church and MCC partners across the world to advocate, communicate and educate regarding social and political policies and practices that promote justice, peace and reconciliation.

Suzy Gursoy and Charlotte Wilton share their experience on the Participant Advisory Group (PAG) at a Lunch and Listen event at MCC Ontario office.

Ontario advocacy

MCC advocates for policies that contribute to peace and justice in Ontario. We work directly with people impacted by poverty and injustice and find ways government policies and programs can be improved to ensure everyone can live a life of dignity and free of poverty.

Take action today

Advocacy is an important way you can help build a just and more peaceful world. We’d love to help you get started!

Write a letter, sign up for an event, invite MCC staff to speak at your event or learn more about an issue that matters to you.

Take action today!

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