ENewsletter Feb 2009

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MONTHLY UPDATE – VOLUME 5 ISSUE 02  – Feb 12,  2009


Greetings!My name is Mike Hiland, I live in Sherwood, and am a local activist with Bread for the World. This is our monthly Oregon newsletter. Please check below for upcoming events and current action alerts and contact me if you have any questions or comments. I am available to speak to your church or group about the issue of hunger and the moral call to take action. Please also forward this to whomever might be interested. God bless and thanks for your time. 


 

SAVE THE DATE!  

HUNGER ACTION FORUM
A New Day, A New Way

Saturday, MARCH 7, 2009
9:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

St. Luke Lutheran Church
6835 SW 46th Ave
Portland, Oregon  97219

Free and open to the public with simple lunch provided.

PLEASE RSVP by clicking here.

 

 

Even in these tough economic times, we can dramatically improve the lives of the 1.4 billion people who live on less than $1.25 a day.  With a new administration and a new congress we have an unprecedented opportunity to create change through our unified voices and our gifts of citizenship.

YOU ARE INVITED….

LEARN about Bread for the World’s 2009 Offering of Letters Campaign where we look at some of the root causes of hunger abroad through examination of our foreign assistance policy and through reform, change the system to reflect our modern time and the world’s needs.

LEARN what is going on in your local community in regards to improving our school lunch programs and Women, Infant and Children programs.

LEARN from experts on hunger through presentations that share experiences abroad and the nuts and bolts of hunger policy in our country.

BREAK BREAD together as we share a simple Lenten lunch of bread and soup.  There will be a free-will offering to offset lunch costs.

REFLECT on the biblical basis for justice in one of the three breakout sessions to choose from in the afternoon.

ACT and get your congregation or campus to make hunger history.

PLEASE RSVP by clicking here.

We hope to see you there!

 

Small Group Resources

The purpose of these small groups is to create a group that takes one hunger advocacy action each month. A group that meets your needs and time schedule, and does not rely on participation in large regional meetings that require travel and fixed inflexible meeting times. Groups of 3-15 people can meet for one hour each month to stay informed and take action on important issues. These groups can get topic ideas, suggestions and support from the Oregon volunteer coordinator (me: breador@verizon.net) or our regional organizers.

Please contact me if you want to participate in a small group close to your home, work, school or church. I can help in getting the word out and can attend your first few meetings to help get things started.

Printable Resources for your group (Open the links to view and print the documents):

Topics (Cover one topic per meeting, print out a sample letter for each participant)

 

2009 Offering of Letters

Our 2009 Offering of Letters will urge Congress to rework U.S. foreign assistance to make it more effective in reducing poverty.  At a time of economic constraint, we have a long-awaited opportunity to make U.S. foreign assistance more effective and get more of our aid to people who really need it.  If foreign aid is fixed, more lives can be saved.  Fewer children will die of hunger.  Parents will be able to feed their families in the years to come.  Better foreign aid also means less waste.  We will be asking Congress to bring U.S. foreign assistance up to date and ensure that development is elevated as a national priority, alongside defense and diplomacy.

There are good background papers by Bread for the World policy analysts online (you might want to build a study group around these).

1.    Global Development:  Charting a New Course by Todd Post.

2.    Reforming Foreign Aid by Charles Uphaus

3.    The Offering of Letters now has its own website at: www.offeringofletters.org

4.    The yearly hunger report, Global development, Charting a New Course; also has its own website at: www.hungerreport.org

  • Action: Please contact your reps and ask that they: “Please work to bring U.S. foreign assistance up to date and ensure that development is elevated as a national priority, alongside defense and diplomacy, in our foreign policy.”
  • Email Webforms (click the links to contact your representative through throgh their webforms, mailing address are at the bottom of this update):  Wu, Blumenauer, Schrader, Wyden, Merkley. Baird. DeFazio. Walden.
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    February 19, 2009
    Interfaith Advocacy Day in Salem.


    9 a.m. at St. Mark Lutheran Church, 790 Marion St. NE, Salem. When the Oregon Legislative Assembly convenes in 2009, will the 2008 election translate into lawmakers supporting economic fairness and stability? Find out at the 2009 Interfaith Advocacy Day. The event will include worship, advocacy training, keynote addresses from community and political leaders, meetings with lawmakers, and prayer and reflection. After lunch, participants will march to the Capitol where they will be greeted by a legislators. Following this reception in the Capitol Galleria, participants will then make visits to lawmakers. To register, download registration form or contact Kevin Finney, director of EMO Public Policy Advocacy, at (503) 221-1054, ext. 204, or kfinney@emoregon.org. If your congregation or organization is interested in sponsoring the event, download the sponsorship letter and the sponsorship form.

     

    BREAD’S ISSUES IN CONGRESS

    Economic Recovery Package

    • On February 11, the House and Senate reached agreement on a $789 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (also known as the economic recovery package).

    • Sens. Susan Collins (R-ME) and Ben Nelson (D-NE) led negotiations on behalf of other moderate senators to modify the bill in ways that would garner bipartisan support. Both the House and Senate are expected to give final approval to the package this week and send it to the president for signature.

    • The package will make significant investments in priority areas for Bread for the World, including: The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (food stamps); unemployment insurance; and refundable tax credits (like the Earned Income Tax Credit and the Child Tax Credit).

    2009 Budget

    • After Congress returns from the President’s Day recess, February 23, both houses are expected to take up the fiscal year 2009 omnibus appropriations package.

    • The omnibus contains nine appropriations bills that were not passed by the 110th Congress last fall.

    • State/Foreign Operations, which contains most poverty-focused development assistance, and Agriculture, which funds the WIC program, are among the budgets to be finalized in the omnibus.

    • Most government programs have been operating at 2008 funding levels under a stop-gap spending bill that expires on March 6, 2009.

    •  Action: Please contact Rep Wu and Sen Merkley, who serve on the budget committee, and ask that they support increases in the hunger assistance progrmas (WIC, FoodStamps). 

    Global Food Security Act

    • Sens. Richard Lugar (R-IN) and Bob Casey (D-PA) introduced their Global Food Security Act (S. 384) last week, joined by Senator Richard Durbin (D-IL) as an original sponsor.

    • The bill seeks to improve coordination of programs that support global food security; increase the resources available for agriculture, rural development, and nutrition programs; and create a fund for immediate food emergency response.

    • A similar bill is expected to be introduced in the House.

     


     

    ACT NOW

    • Bread for the World’s Offering of Letters 2009 focuses on making U.S. foreign assistance better. To know more about the issue and how to contact your representatives in Congress, go to www.bread.org/OL2009.

     

    Contact Information 

    Legislator                   Address                                                                     Phone (503)

    Sen Ron Wyden:  223 Dirksen Senate Office Bld, Wash DC 20510                  326-7525

    Sen Jeff Merkley: B40B Dirksen Senate Office Bld, Wash DC 20510              326-3386

    Rep. David Wu:  2338 Rayburn House Office Bld, Wash. DC 20515                326-2901

    Rep. Greg Walden: 1210 Longworth House Office Bld, Wash DC 20515

    Rep. Earl Blumenauer: 2267 Rayburn House Office Bld, Wash DC 20515         225-4811

    Rep. Peter DeFazio:  2134 Rayburn House Office Bld, Wash DC, 20515

    Rep. Kurt Schrader: 1419 Longworth House Office Bld, Wash. DC 20515        588-9100

    General Contact Information

    Sen Any of Them   US Senate,  Washington DC 20510

    Rep Any of them   US House of Representatives,  Washington DC 20515

    Webform for contacting any Rep (just enter your zipcode): http://capwiz.com/bread/dbq/officials/

    US Capital Switch Board for contacting any Rep: 202-224-3121

    Bread for the World: www.bread.org, 800-82-BREAD

    Oregon Group: www.breador.org, Mike Hiland: breador@verizon.net, 503-625-2847

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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