Peace & Justice

This is the blog of the Commission on Peace and Justice for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany, New York.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Public Policy Day -- Details

The New York State Catholic Conference sends the following announcement:
Come to the 2009 Public Policy Day March 10!

Make plans now to join with Edward Cardinal Egan and the Bishops of New York State, as well as hundreds of other Catholic New Yorkers, at the state Capitol in Albany for the annual New York State Catholic Conference Public Policy Forum to be held on Tuesday, March 10, 2009.

Sign-up online to attend this important Catholic lobby day by going here. (If the link does not work, visit and click the "Public Policy Day" icon to sign up). Training materials will be posted to this same page so please bookmark it and check back often!

Once you register, your name will be forwarded to your local diocese, with whom you will coordinate training and travel. Most dioceses will sponsor buses from various points. There is no cost to attend. You will receive a confirmation e-mail immediately after registering with important contact information for your local coordinator.

Issues for the day are expected to include:

* Oppose the radical state abortion bill known as the "Reproductive Health Act"
* Ensure accessibility to Catholic schools and equity for all school children
* Support health care reform, including expansion of insurance, maintenance of the safety net and investment in the infrastructure
* Maintain supports, particularly affordable housing, to enable low-income families to live in dignity
* Oppose same-sex 'marriage' or 'civil unions'
* Support measures to protect our land, water and air

Registration starts at 8:30 a.m.. Participants will meet with their legislators and hand out materials outside of the Senate and Assembly chambers. A keynote address is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. Mass with the Bishops is at 11:45 a.m. Lunch will be provided.

We hope to see you at the 2009 Public Policy Forum on March 10. Remember, sign up here today or go to