One Campaign Update – Congressional Visits

August 15, 2007 at 5:46 am Leave a comment

In the coming session of Congress, our representatives will have a chance to save millions of lives, and all they have to do is focus on several crucial pieces of poverty-fighting legislation. We’ll be tracking how and when members of Congress take action against poverty, but we can only hold them accountable for how they vote if we make sure that they know just how important these issues are to you, their constituents.
This month provides us with that opportunity. Congress has shut down for the month and your representatives are back home, giving you a chance to meet them or a high level member of their staff face to face.
This is undoubtedly the best way to make sure that your representative gets the message that you want him or her to fight extreme poverty.
You can get started now by either joining a lobbying visit, or organizing your own:http://www.one.org/event/lobbyvisits/?id=21-3533236-OO98mW&t=2
At your lobbying visit, you can convince your members of Congress to work on:
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Pushing for as much poverty-fighting funding as possible in the appropriations process.
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Supporting the Education for All Act to help provide basic education to 77 million children who don’t have the opportunity to go to school.
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Supporting the Global Child Survival Act to save the lives of the 30,000 children under the age of 5 who die everyday of preventable causes.
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Co-sponsoring the GROWTH Act, to support women entrepreneurs working their way out of poverty.
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Support full funding for Millennium Challenge Account to reward governments that battle corruption and do right by their people.
Take the lead in the fight against poverty and sign up for a lobbying visit:http://www.one.org/event/lobbyvisits/?id=21-3533236-OO98mW&t=3
Some ONE volunteers and field staff have been working hard to set up meetings with Congressional offices around the country, so in many places you will find that there is already a group of ONE members planning a trip to your representative’s office.
If there isn’t a meeting in your area, then you can simply start your own. After you sign up to have a meeting, you’ll receive a complete guide to having a successful lobbying trip, and our field staff will be at your disposal if you have any questions.

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