Sojourners has long promoted that a commitment to justice is integral to Christian discipleship. We also believe that advocacy and organizing are indispensable to realizing a radically more just nation and world. Everyone has the potential to be an advocate and can use their agency and influence to advance justice. Building on this conviction, we are building a Rapid Response Network that will identify and equip engaged local activists and grass-top leaders from across the country who are committed to being involved in deeper leadership and organizing for justice in their communities.

The Rapid Response Network will resource, inspire, train, and catalyze leaders around planned and coordinated advocacy as well as spontaneous and targeted actions locally. In addition, the network will also support Sojourners’ national and D.C.-based advocacy and actions.

The Rapid Response Network will focus on issues of immediate importance — from poverty and the national budget to climate justice, global poverty, gender justice and more.

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There are a variety of types of activities that the rapid response network could be involved in, help lead, and called to.

Some examples of the types of activities are:

  • Meeting with elected officials (both in home states and in Washington, D.C.)
  • Vigils/Prayer services
  • Marches
  • Rallies
  • Protests and in some cases Civil disobedience/arrest
  • Op-eds or Letters to the Editor in local/regional outlets
  • Interviews with local and regional media
  • Boycotts
  • Ad buys in print, digital, TV, or radio