March 10, 2022
Join LSI and the three Iowa synods of the ELCA for Lutheran Day on the Hill in Des Moines on March 10! This day is essential for amplifying the voices of those who are not heard, for seeking social justice, and for empowering people to exercise their right and responsibility to be part of the legislative process.
Thursday, March 10, 2022
9:30 – 11:30 a.m. CDT
Welcome and Opening Remarks: John Twardos, President and CEO, Lutheran Services in Iowa
Devotion: Bishop Amy Current, Southeastern Iowa Synod, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
- Giovana Oaxaca, Program Director, Migration Policy, ELCA
- Amy Campbell, LSI lobbyist
- LSI team members on how to be the most effective advocate you can be
- Increasing access and equity in Iowa’s mental health system
- Investing in Iowa’s human services workforce
- Supporting services that empower refugees and immigrants
If you are planning to visit the Capitol and advocate in person, here are some tips for meeting your representatives.
Keynote Speaker: Giovana A. Oaxaca Najera
Giovana Oaxaca (she/her/ella) is the Program Director for Migration Policy with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America’s (ELCA) D.C. office for Witnessing in Society. Her work involves working toward more just and humane federal immigration policies within a domestic and international context, engagement informed by the experience of Lutheran congregations and ministries, including the ELCA AMMPARO strategy. Giovana was previously a Government Relations Associate with a Catholic faith-based lobby in D.C. Giovana has a Bachelor of the Arts degree in Politics and Government and Economics from Pacific University. She enjoys visiting new restaurants and art galleries.