A History of Washington Week (Part 5 of 6)

Congressional Dialogues and Presentations

Senator Boxer
Fred Krueger with Senator Barbara Boxer

During Washington Week numerous meetings take place between religious leaders and members of Congress and their staff. In this 2008 photo Fred Krueger, Santa Rosa, California, urges Senator Barbara Boxer, chair of the Senate Environment and Public Works committee, to end commercial logging on the national forests and to do everything possible to hold off global climate change.

Senator Boxer notes that the religious voice is the single most significant voice in the Congress. However, she adds, "Considering your role in this country, we hardly ever see you."

Usually between three and six or seven individuals attend each meeting so that a full spectrum of religious statements on key environmental issues are presented. The ensuing discussions are fascinating and help to show legislators that religious organizations represent a united voice on key issues relating to climate, forests, wilderness, endangered species and ending mountain top removal.