Call on Senators and the Media to Be the Firewall Against Deadly Cuts
We should all be outraged about cuts to the foreign aid and critical U.S. anti-poverty programs proposed in the House of Representatives. Are we in such dire financial circumstances in that we have to resort to taking away mosquito nets, TB treatment, and AIDS drugs from the world’s poorest people? If budgets are moral documents, we can only be left to question what our values are as a nation.
The positive news is that the Senate can correct this situation by proposing a spending bill that doesn’t cut lifelines and call our values into question. But our senators are nervous about speaking out against the cuts in this political environment because they are not sure they have the support of constituents. We have to let them know that they do have support to speak out, that they do have support to express our values by reversing these cuts. Here’s what you can do:
- Make Calls: Congress has passed a new Continuing Resolution that keeps the government running through April 8. We must get everyone we know to call their senators and ask them to reverse the House cuts to foreign aid. We have created a special action alert to make the calling easy. Send it to your friends and post it on your social media sites.
- Generate Media: We have a great editorial packet to pitch to your editors, and an excellent Action Sheet for writing letters to the editor. Joanne Carter also has a great piece in the Huffington Post you can borrow from. Write and get others to write. You can also use these resources to write your own oped. If we can get our messages out in the media it will educate our communities and give our senators courage to speak out.
Your actions are critical for the rest of 2011 and all of 2012. If foreign aid cutters get away with cutting in 2011, you know they will be even more aggressive for 2012. We must stop this unconscionable cutting now. Surely we can do better than taking away basic, inexpensive, life-saving tools from the world’s poorest people.