The elected members of the General Board of Church and Society have voted to join the following coalitions and organizations. The staff person responsible for maintaining a liaison with each group is listed.
General Secretary's Office
Faith and Politics Institute – James Winkler
The Faith and Politics Institute provides occasions for moral reflection and spiritual community to political leaders, drawing universal wisdom from a range of religious traditions. The Institute encourages civility and respect as spiritual values essential to democracy and strives to strengthen political leadership that contributes to healing the wounds that divide our nation and our world.
Faiths United Against Gun Violence – Jim Winkler and Bill Mefford
A coalition of national faith organizations working to reduce gun violence and create safer neighborhoods.
Alcohol and Other Addictions and Healthcare
Alcohol Policies Project, Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) – Cynthia Abrams
A coalition which focuses on public and policy maker attention to leverage policy reforms that reduce the devastating health and social consequences of drinking.
Faith United Against Tobacco (FUAT) – Cynthia Abrams & Jim Winkler
A faith-based political action coalition dedicated to mobilizing the faith community to support proven solutions to reduce smoking. The coalition supports federal and state legislative priorities which promote tobacco prevention and cessation.
Faithful Reform in Health Care (FRHC) – Cynthia Abrams
A faith based coalition dedicated to health care for all as a moral value. They seek to do this by:
- expanding the depth and breadth of support for health care reform within the religious community,
- educating people of faith about the issue, and
- activating the prophetic voice to promote affordable health care for all in the United States as a moral value.
Health Care Now! (HCNow) – Jim Winkler and Cynthia Abrams
A coalition whose aim is to support the growing movement for a quality, national, single-payer, guaranteed, healthcare system for everybody in this country. They believe this can only be attained by removing the insurance companies from control of our healthcare.
Coalition for the Prevention of Alcohol Problems (CPAP) – Cynthia Abrams
A diverse coalition of public health, public interest, and faith-based organizations which promotes national policies to reduce alcohol problems and combat the political influence of alcoholic beverage industry interests in our nation's capital.
National Alliance for the Prevention of Underage Drinking (NAPUD) – Cynthia Abrams.
A coalition of public health, education, consumer, law enforcement, religious, child and family welfare, substance abuse treatment and prevention, and other national organizations dedicated to building and sustaining a broad societal commitment to reducing underage drinking. The National Alliance’s goal is: "To support and promote implementation of a comprehensive science-based national strategy to reduce underage drinking" as set forth in the National Academy of Sciences' September, 2003 report to Congress entitled, "Reducing Underage Drinking: A Collective Responsibility." The recommendations form the basis of a comprehensive national strategy to prevent underage drinking.
Partners for Effective National Tobacco Policy (PARTNERS) – Cynthia Abrams
A group of more than 60 public health and faith-based organizations dedicated to pursuing federal policies to reduce the death, disease, and disability caused by tobacco use.
National Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids (TFK) – Cynthia Abrams
A private, non-profit organization committed to protecting children from tobacco addiction and secondhand smoke. The Campaign’s primary goals are to –
- Inform the public about the toll tobacco takes in health, lives and money.
- Change public policies at the federal, state and local levels to reduce tobacco use.
- Educate young people about the dangers of smoking.
- Support youth in becoming advocates for their own good health.
- Expose tobacco industry marketing practices that addict kids.
National Coalition Against Legalized Gambling (NCALG) – Cynthia Abrams
The National Coalition Against Legalized Gambling (NCALG) is a grassroots educational and resourcing organization dedicated to informing the public about the dangers of gambling. The coalition compiles information on the adverse personal, social, economic and public health impacts of gambling and disseminates it to citizens and policy-makers at the local, state and national levels. NCALG reaches out to other national, state and local groups for support, especially in the faith-based, retail business, entertainment, mental health and law enforcement.
National Coalition Against Gambling Expansion (NCAGE) – Cynthia Abrams
Sister organization to the National Coalition Against Legalized Gambling, (NCAGE) is a political action coalition which opposes all forms of gambling at every level, (local, state, federal, international, and Internet) using every tool available. NCAGE representatives travel to states across the country to assist in grassroots organizing, and provide support for challenging local, state, gambling expansion initiatives and lobbies Congress to enact tighter restrictions and prohibition on gambling.
National Coalition on Health Care (NCHC) – Cynthia Abrams
The broadly representative alliance working to improve America’s health care. The coalition is comprised of almost 100 organizations, employing or representing about 150 million Americans. Members are united in the belief that we need – and can achieve – better, more affordable health care for all Americans.
Pathways to Promise – Cynthia Abrams
Pathways is an interfaith coalition focused on mental illness issues. They provide technical assistance and resources which offer liturgical, educational materials, program models, and networking information to promote a caring ministry with people with mental illness and their families.
Economic and Environmental Justice
Alaska Coalition – John Hill
The Alaska Coalition has over 700 conservation, sporting, labor and religious groups working together to protect wild public lands in Alaska. A project of the Alaska Conservation Foundation, the Coalition’s priorities include protection of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and the Chugach and Tongass National Forests.
Alliance for Fair Food – John Hill
The Alliance for Fair Food is a network of human rights, religious, student, labor, sustainable food and agriculture, environmental and grassroots organizations who work to promote principles and practices of socially responsible purchasing in the corporate food industry that advance and ensure the human rights of farmworkers.
Ecumenical Eco-Justice Network – John Hill
The Ecumenical Eco-Justice Network provides educational information on environmental and ecological issues from the Christian faith perspective. The Network produces the publication “Between the Flood and the Rainbow” which provides periodic updates on a range of eco-justice issues. The Network has been less active in recent years, although leaders continue to contribute to the activities of the National Council of Churches’ Eco-Justice Working Group.
Fair Labor Association – John Hill
The Fair Labor Association is a non-profit organization combining the efforts of industry, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), colleges and universities to promote adherence to international labor standards and improve working conditions worldwide.
INMEX (Informed Meetings Exchange) – John Hill
INMEX (Informed Meetings Exchange) was formed as a network of labor, environmental, religious and other non-profit organizations to assist in planning socially responsible meetings.
Interfaith Center for Corporate Responsibility – John Hill
The Interfaith Center for Corporate Responsibility (ICCR) is a thirty-year-old coalition of over 250 faith-based institutional investors including denominations, pension funds, healthcare corporations, and foundations. The ICCR helps coalition members connect social values with investment decisions and use investments and other resources, including shareholder resolutions, to change unjust or harmful corporate policies focusing on peace, economic justice and stewardship of God’s creation.
National Campaign for Sustainable Agriculture – John Hill
The National Campaign for Sustainable Agriculture shapes national policies to foster a sustainable food and agriculture system. The Network is an alliance of hundreds of grassroots, state, regional and national organizations including representatives from family farms, rural and urban communities, environmental and wildlife advocates, workers, students, indigenous peoples and faith-based organizations.
National Farm Worker Ministry – John Hill
The National Farm Worker Ministry (NFWM) is an interfaith organization that supports farm workers as they organize for empowerment, justice, and equality. Begun in 1920 as a ministry of charity and service, NFWM became the vehicle for the religious community to answer United Farm Workers founder César Chávez’s call to change its emphasis from charity to justice. NFWM brings together national denominations, state councils of churches, religious orders and congregations, and concerned individuals to act with the farm workers to achieve fundamental change in their living and working conditions.
National Low Income Housing Coalition – John Hill
The National Low Income Housing Coalition is dedicated solely to ending America’s affordable housing crisis. The Coalition focuses its advocacy on those with the most serious housing problems, the lowest income households.
National Neighborhood Coalition – John Hill
The National Neighborhood Coalition serves as a link to Washington for neighborhood and community-based organizations. The Coalition also serves as a networking resource for representatives of regional and national organizations involved in community development, housing and a wide range of other neighborhood issues.
National Youth Employment Coalition – John Hill
The National Youth Employment Coalition works to ensure every young person is assured the full range of educational, developmental, vocational, economic and social opportunities.
Rural Coalition – John Hill
The Rural Coalition/Coalición Rural is an alliance of regionally and culturally diverse organizations working to build a more just and sustainable food system. The focus of the Coalition’s efforts are to bring fair returns to minority and other small farmers and rural communities, to ensure just and fair working conditions for farmworkers, to protect the environment, and to deliver safe and healthy food to consumers.
Child Labor Coalition – Bill Mefford
The Child Labor Coalition (CLC) exists to serve as a national network for the exchange of information about child labor; provide a forum and a unified voice on protecting working minors and ending child labor exploitation;’ and develop public education to combat child labor abuses and promote progressive initiatives.
Coalition Against Religious Discrimination – Bill Mefford
The Coalition Against Religious Discrimination is composed of civil rights organizations, religious organizations, education organizations, and organized labor groups. The coalition seeks to protect the freedom of religious organizations to provide social services but not at the expense of civil liberties. The coalition promotes healthy relations between religious groups and the state and promotes the protection of people’s civil and religious rights when working in providing social services with tax dollars.
Coalition to Stop Gun Violence – Bill Mefford
The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence (CSGV) emerged from the civil rights movement in the early 1970s and pushes a progressive agenda to reduce firearm death and injury. We were founded on the principle of collaboration, meaning that we work closely with other organizations to achieve our common goals. CSGV is comprised of 45 national organizations working to reduce gun violence. Our coalition members include child welfare advocates, religious organizations, public health professionals, and social justice organizations. This diversity of member organizations allows us to reach a wide variety of grassroots constituencies who share our vision of non-violence.
Global Health Council – Amee Paparella
GHC is the world’s largest membership alliance dedicated to saving lives by improving health throughout the world. The Council works to ensure that all who strive for improvement and equity in global health have the information and resources they need to succeed. GBCS works with them on AIDS and family planning concerns.
Leadership Conference on Civil Rights – Bill Mefford
The Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR) was founded in 1950 by three giants of the civil rights movement: A. Philip Randolph, founder of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters; Roy Wilkins, Executive Secretary of the NAACP; and Arnold Aronson, a leader of the National Jewish Community Relations Advisory Council. It is the nation's premier civil rights coalition, and has coordinated the national legislative campaign on behalf of every major civil rights law since 1957.
Interfaith Domestic Violence Coalition – Amee Paparella
The Interfaith Domestic Violence Coalition, convened by Jewish Women International, is a national effort for faith based organizations to come together to provide policy and legislative guidance on domestic violence issues. Comprised of more than 20 organizations, our growing coalition represents a multitude of denominations and millions of congregants.
National Coalition for Public Education – Bill Mefford
The National Coalition for Public Education (NCPE) was created to respond to the many new legislative changes taking place regarding public education, and as a response to the many attacks against public education. The coalition is composed of a number of civil rights organizations, religious organizations, and parents and teachers’ organizations.
National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty – Bill Mefford
Since its inception in 1976, NCADP has been the only fully staffed national organization exclusively devoted to abolishing capital punishment. NCADP provides information, advocates for public policy, and mobilizes and supports individuals and institutions that share our unconditional rejection of capital punishment.
Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice – Amee Paparella
RCRC is an alliance of national organizations from major faiths throughout the country unified to preserve reproductive choice as a basic part of religious liberty. RCRC looks beyond the abortion debate to seek solutions to pressing problems such as unintended pregnancy, the spread of HIV/AIDS, inadequate health care and health insurance, and the severe reduction in reproductive health care services. RCRC supports access to sex education, family planning and contraception, affordable childcare and health care, and adoption services as well as safe, legal, abortion services, regardless of income. RCRC works for public policies that ensure the medical, economic, and educational resources necessary for healthy families and communities that are equipped to nurture children in peace and love.
Sexuality Information & Education Council of the United States (SIECUS) – Amee Paparella
SIECUS-the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States- was founded in 1964 to provide education and information about sexuality and sexual and reproductive health. SIECUS affirms that sexuality is a fundamental part of being human, one that is worthy of dignity and respect. It advocates for the right of all people to accurate information, comprehensive education about sexuality, and sexual health services. SIECUS works to create a world that ensures social justice and sexual rights.
Peace with Justice / United NAtions and International Affairs
American NGO Coalition for the International Criminal Court – Liberato Bautista
AMICC is a coalition of non-governmental organizations committed to achieving full United States support for the International Criminal Court (ICC) and the earliest possible US ratification of the Court's Rome Statute. AMICC members believe that strong participation by the US in the ICC is essential to the future of the Court as an effective institution. They take pride in the historic role of the US in promoting the development of international criminal law. They emphasize that the ICC expresses and implements values traditionally championed by the United States, including international justice and the rule of law. With our participation in AMICC, we also participate in the Washington Working Group on the International Criminal Court.
Center on Conscience and War – Mark Harrison
The Center on Conscience and War, formerly the National Interreligious Service Board for Conscientious Objectors (NISBCO), was formed in 1940 by an association of religious bodies. CCW works to defend and extend the rights of conscientious objectors. The Center is committed to supporting all those who question participation in war, whether they are U.S. citizens, permanent residents, documented or undocumented immigrants—or citizens in other countries. GBCS produced “Conscientious Objectors and the Draft” for the Center.
Churches for Middle East Peace (CMEP) – Jim Winkler
CMEP is a coalition of 19 public policy offices of national churches and agencies -- Orthodox, Catholic and Protestant. CMEP began its work in 1984 out of the conviction that the policy perspectives and long Middle East experience of our member bodies should be more widely known in the public policy arena. The work of Churches for Middle East Peace focuses on Washington in the knowledge that sound United States policy is crucial to achieving and maintaining just and stable relationships throughout the Middle East. In addition, CMEP seeks to help the members of our organizations advocate in a knowledgeable, timely and effective way their concerns about justice and peace for all people and countries in the region.
Citizens Trade Campaign – Mark Harrison
Citizens Trade Campaign (CTC) is national coalition of environmental, labor, consumer, family farm, religious and other civil society groups based in the United States. The Coalition is united in a common belief that international trade and investment are not ends unto themselves, but instead must be viewed as a means for achieving other societal goals such as economic justice, human rights, healthy communities, and a sound environment.
Coalition for Justice in the Maquiladoras – Mark Harrison
The Coalition for Justice in the Maquiladoras (CJM) is a tri-national, multi-sectoral coalition of religious, labor, environmental, community and women’s groups in Mexico, the United States and Canada, CJM strives, in a coordinated and multi-disciplinary way, for a better quality of life, sustainable development, social justice, human rights and environmental stability along the U.S.-Mexico border.
Conference of Non-Governmental Organizations in Consultative Relationship with the United Nations – Liberato Bautista
The Conference of Non-Governmental Organizations in Consultative Relationship with the United Nations (CONGO) is an independent, international, not-for-profit membership association of nongovernmental organizations that facilitates the participation of NGOs in UN debates and decisions. CONGO is most active in the major UN centers of New York, Geneva, and Vienna, but extends its work to all regions of the world. CONGO ensures that NGO voices are heard throughout the international arena and that they are present when governments discuss issues of global concern at the United Nations. CONGO's membership comprises of national, regional and international nongovernmental organizations in consultative status with the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). Liberato Bautista is currently representing GBCS as one of the 21 members of its elected international Board of Directors.
Faith and Ethics Network for the International Criminal Court – Liberato Bautista
The Faith and Ethics Caucus for the International Criminal Court is a coalition of religious, interfaith, ethics-based, and faith-based non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that examine the moral, ethical, and religious considerations surrounding the Court. Founded in 1997, the Caucus members also belong to the Coalition for the International Criminal Court (CICC) and the American NGO Coalition for the International Criminal Court (AMICC). It was formerly called “Faith and Ethics Caucus for the ICC.”
International NGO Coalition for the International Criminal Court – Liberato Bautista
The Coalition for the International Criminal Court is a network of over 2,000 non-governmental organizations (NGOs) advocating for a fair, effective and independent International Criminal Court (ICC). The network comprises members from all regions of the world and many sectors of global civil society, including human rights, the rights of women and children, peace, international law, humanitarian assistance, the rights of victims, and religion. These groups are united in their support for a fair and effective permanent International Criminal Court (ICC) and have made a significant contribution at all stages of the process, from the Preparatory Committee to the Rome Conference to the UN Preparatory Commission for the ICC. With entry into force of the Rome Statute for the ICC on July 1, 2002, the Coalition is now focused, among several, on obtaining worldwide ratification of the Rome Statute and ensuring the development of strong implementing legislation in all ratifying countries.
Jubilee USA Network – Mark Harrison
Jubilee USA Network began as Jubilee 2000/USA in 1997 when a diverse gathering of people and organizations came together in response to the international call for Jubilee debt cancellation for the world’s poorest countries. Now over 60 organizations including labor, churches, religious communities and institutions, AIDS activists, trade campaigners and over 8,000 individuals are active members of the Jubilee USA Network.
Save Darfur Coalition – Mark Harrison
Save Darfur Coalition is an alliance of over 180 faith-based, advocacy and humanitarian organizations. The Coalition’s member organizations represent 130 million people of all ages, races, religions and political affiliations united together to help the people of Darfur.
United Nations Association of the USA – Council of Organizations – Liberato Bautista (New York) and Mark Harrison (Washington, DC)
UNA-USA's reach extends to millions of Americans through its Council of Organizations (COO), a coalition of over 100 non-governmental organizations with interests in education, religion, labor, sustainable development, human rights, health and women's issues that all share the common goals of making the American public more knowledgeable about global issues and the U.N. and strengthening the U.S. - U.N. relationship. The COO plays a critical role in offering opportunities for leaders from the NGO community to develop partnerships with the United Nations and each other. Both COO’s in Washington, D.C. and New York sponsor monthly briefings featuring U.N. ambassadors, academics, U.S. government officials, distinguished NGO leaders and top Secretariat officials which keep the NGO community informed while offering a forum to share educational information and advocacy plans regarding issues on the U.N. agenda. Liberato Bautista is currently Second Vice-Chair of the COO in New York.
United States Campaign to Ban Landmines – Mark Harrison
The United States Campaign to Ban Landmines is a coalition of organizations and people working to ban further U.S. use, production and export of anti-personnel landmines and cluster bombs and to encourage the U.S. to join the 1997 Mine Ban Treaty and the cluster bomb treaty negotiated in 2008.
Win Without War – Mark Harrison
Win Without War (WWW) is a national coalition representing broad constituencies that aim to keep America safe and end the war in Iraq. The coalition advocates that international cooperation and enforceable international law provide the greatest security for the United States and the world. WWW offers a mainstream, patriotic voice for engaging opinion makers, activating concerned citizens, and communicating effectively to the media.