Washington Interfaith Staff Community
The Washington Interfaith Staff Community (WISC) is a network of over 70 Washington offices of national religious bodies and faith-based organizations, encompassing Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist, Hindu and Humanist faiths. WISC offices collaborate on advocacy for U.S. government policies that advance a more just, peaceful and ecologically sustainable world.
WISC’s roots are in the Civil Rights movement of the 1960’s when officials of major national religious institutions worked with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and other leaders and organizations to mobilize people of faith across the United States on Behalf of Congressional civil rights and voter rights legislation. In the years since this collaboration has continued and broadened to include a wide circle of faith-based organizations and range of policy issues.
Today, staff of WISC offices are organized in “working groups” that address a variety of issues including, among others, domestic human needs, health care, immigrants’ rights, racial justice, humanitarian foreign assistance, environment, pentagon spending and peace building, global economic justice, criminal justice and human trafficking.