The Common Good

Group Calls On Meadows To End Government Shutdown

Date: October 15, 2013

A representative of an online social justice network delivered a petition to Congressman Mark Meadows' Hendersonville office Tuesday, calling on Meadows to end the partial government shutdown.

Dr. Robert Fulbright, a retired educator and a volunteer with Faithful America, gave Meadows' representative Deborah Potter documents containing 32,000 signatures. Faithful America describes itself as “a fast-growing online community dedicated to reclaiming Christianity from the religious right and putting faith into action for social justice.”

Though the petition was signed by people from across the United States, Fulbright said it contained signatures from residents in 25 towns that lie in Meadows' 11th Congressional District.

“Throughout the government shutdown, my staff and I have heard from constituents on both sides of the debate," Meadows said in a prepared statement. "We are doing all we can to get the government reopened as soon as possible. Just today, we sent out a survey asking constituents what they think about the latest proposed legislation to end the shutdown. I appreciate Faithful America’s efforts to gather these petitions from signers nationwide, and I will be reviewing them to see how many of my constituents signed on and how we can address their concerns.”

According to Faithful America, the petition was signed by more than 150 Catholic, evangelical and mainline Protestant leaders, including prominent national figures such as the Rev. Larry Snyder, the president of Catholic Charities USA; Sister Simone Campbell, Executive Director of NETWORK; Jim Wallis, president of Sojourners; the Leadership Team of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas; the Rev. Richard Cizik, president of the New Evangelical Partnership for the Common Good; and Noel Castellanos, CEO of the Christian Community Development Agency.