Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Day of Global Action against Poverty

I received this email from One.Org earlier today.
Today is our day —the Global Day of Action Against Poverty— the day for the billion people around the world who live in extreme poverty.

Today, ONE members and activists from partner organizations are walking the halls of Congress delivering tens of thousands of letters—most of them from members like you—about the Jubilee Act.

Today, Reverend David Duncombe is eating for his first full day after his 40 day fast.

Today, by making thousands of phone calls to Congress asking them to cosponsor the Jubilee Act, we can make the difference between passage and failure for this crucial piece of legislation.

You can make a call in just one minute by:
Calling 1-800-786-2663
Going here to get more information about how to talk to your representative and to register your call— this helps One.Org keep track of which offices need to receive more calls.

The Jubilee Act calls for debt relief for some of the world's poorest nations. Experience proves that debt relief for countries committed to investing in their people's future is one of the most effective ways to fight extreme poverty. And it's easy to see why.

Haiti spends twice as much repaying debt as it does on health care. Eliminating this debt would allow Haiti to spend more on programs that would help the extremely poor like Tanzania did in 2000. When Tanzania's debt was canceled, that government was able to eliminate school fees, sending 1.6 million children to school almost overnight.

Since we started taking action on the Jubilee Act last week, key Senators introduced a companion bill, a critical step in the process. That's just the beginning. If we make our voices heard on Capitol Hill, if we get the phones ringing off the hook, we can put momentum behind the Jubilee Act. And it all starts with you.

Please dial 1-800-786-2663 and ask your elected officials to co-sponsor the Jubilee Act.

A billion people around the world live in extreme poverty. They don't have a voice in Congress. Let's lend them ours. On this Global Day of Action Against Poverty, take a minute, make a call, and help to save their lives.

Thank you,

Susan McCue,

PS. If you want more information about the Jubilee Act as well as other initiatives to help the poor, sick, and needy in our world, click here.

PSS. I called my two senators and asked them to sponsor this bill. It took less than five minutes, less time than waiting for a cup of coffee at Starbucks or fast food at the drive thru. Rather than only ranting and raving against poverty, I did something. Each ONE of us can make a difference. Please make the phone call on behalf of the hurting and hungry in our world.


jmgb said...

Bring it Sista!

Anonymous said...

Dear Gail,

Socket it to them! They're fighting this one hard on Captial Hill, but there's hope. Oh, how I do like to contact my government officials to put them to work.

You're a caring person Gail. You right-- it takes less then five minutes.

Haiti is a sad one for me. Unfortunately, the political insatiability there prevents people from benefiting in many ways. I'm not a prejudiced at all person, but when I see all these illegal immigrants coming here and we turned away Haitians trying to survive on boats, I just can't logically reason that one away.

Blessing to you,


Lisa said...

Thank you, thank you for this valuable post! I appreciate your advocacy.

My calls have been made :-)