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2013 Policy Priorities
As Virginia's oldest faith-based advocacy organization, we have worked with and through the faith-informed community on a range of social justice issues since our founding in 1982. Each year we survey our members to determine what issues members are interested in and what they are willing to work on. The poll also helps us allocate our limited staff resources efficiently and gives us a sense of how we’re meeting the expectations of our members.
The poll results this year affirm our overall mission – to stay steadfastly committed to a more just and compassionate Commonwealth. Members indicated that they are most concerned about issues contributing to and stemming from poverty and hunger. While this category was the greatest priority for our members, it was closely followed by access to health care and effective implementation of the Affordable Care Act. Additional priorities include the healing of God’s Creation and protection of at-risk youth. This year we also asked our members to identify and prioritize issues within those broad categories, the results of which are reflected in this brief.
A full overview of our 2013 priorities can be found here.
Follow the links to the right to learn about our position on the issues, our plan for progress, and how you can get involved.
The Virginia Interfaith Center also advocates on federal policies related to the reduction of poverty. The Center is the Virginia affiliate of the
Half in Ten campaign
, working to reduce national poverty levels by 2021. The Campaign's preliminary report can be found
Annual Report on the General Assembly
Each year after the conclusion of the General Assembly Session, we take stock of our work to advance social justice, whether that meant opposing, supporting or modifying legislation under consideration.
NEW! Faithful Engagement Report on the 2013 General Assembly
2012 Faithful Engagement Report
2011 Faithful Engagement Report
2010 Faithful Engagement Report
2009 Report: Taking Action, Making Progress
April 2012: The Impact of the Federal Budget on Virginians
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