Enewsletter March 2009

March 3, 2009 at 9:12 am Leave a comment

 
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. 


 

 

Space still available for Bread for the World’s…

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 Lenten lunch provided.
(a free-will offering for lunch will be accepted) 

Please RSVP by clicking here.

 

There’s still space for Saturday’s Hunger Action Forum in Portland! It’s going to be a great opportunity to learn about Bread for the World’s 2009 Offering of Letters Campaign to make U.S. foreign aid more effective at reducing hunger and poverty, and how to get your church involved. You’ll also have opportunities to learn about how we can improve child nutrition programs like school lunch and WIC. A full schedule of events is listed below. You can register by clicking here.

Saturday’s Schedule

9:30-Noon Overview of Bread for the World’s 2009 Offering of Letters Campaign to make foreign aid more effective at reducing hunger and poverty. 
Noon-12:45 Simple Lenten lunch. Donations will be accepted.
12:45-1:45 Breakout Sessions…

  • Biblical Basis of Advocacy – God’s grace in Jesus Christ moves us to help our neighbors, whether they live in the next house, the next state or the continent. But what does that have to do with Advocacy? Bread for the World Organizer Robin Stephenson will host a conversation about the Biblical roots of advocacy – from Moses, to the Hebrew Prophets, to the life of Christ.
    Facilitator: Robin Stephenson, Bread for the World
  • Food for Thought: Improving Child Nutrition Programs in 2009 – Every five years, Congress re-writes the rules for School Lunch, WIC, and many other federal programs aimed at ensuring our nation’s kids have access to nutritious meals. How can we in Oregon and Southwest Washington urge our lawmakers to write a bill that ensures kids are ready to learn? Join Jessica Chanay for an inside-look on ways to get involved. Facilitator: Jessica Chanay, Oregon Hunger Relief Task Force
  • Advocacy 201: Beyond Letters, Practical Ways to Dig Deeper.  Want to get involved beyond writing letters? Join us for a practical discussion of how to effectively urge decision-makers to change policies, programs, and conditions that allow hunger and poverty to persist through direct lobby visits, engaging the media, and grassroots action. We will begin to form action plans.
    Facilitator: Matt Newell-Ching, Bread for the World
1:45-2:00 Closing session, reflection and prayer

We hope to see you there! Please RSVP by clicking here, and feel free to call us at 503-922-2182 with any questions.

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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.

 

     

    In order to celebrate World Water Day on March 22, 2009, the Portland Roasting Coffee Company has teamed up with the students of the senior capstone: Ending Global Poverty at Portland State University and Water for All, a non-profit organization, in order to raise money for water pumps in Ethiopia. 

    On March 22nd a 5K walk-a-thon will be held at the World Trade Center Plaza (located at 25 SW Salmon Street) in downtown Portland, Oregon starting at 1:00pm

     

    Walker registration fees, combined with local sponsor donations, will go toward the goal of raising $14,000 needed to build a water pump in Yirgacheffe, where water is a vital element in the production of coffee, Ethiopia’s chief export commodity.

     

    History: What Is World Water Day?

    The United Nations General Assembly designated March 22, 1993 as the first World Water Day.  International World Water Day is held annually on that date as a means of focusing attention on the importance of freshwater and advocating for the sustainable management of freshwater resources. 

     

    There are many ways to get involved in this event that include:

    ·        Register as a walker for a $20.00 fee

    ·        Sponsor a walker for a $20.00 fee

    ·        Buy a ticket for the evening concert series for $65.00

    ·        Volunteer for the event

    If you would like to register for the event please go to www.worldwaterdaypdx.com and click on the registration link on the top of the page.

    For Questions please contact Aleks    Email: ak@pdx.edu 

     

Some interesting facts on the back:

The World Water Crisis:  

 

·        Worldwide 1.1 billion people lack access to safe drinking water and each year, more than 2.2 million people in developing countries die from preventable diseases associated with lack of access to safe drinking water, inadequate sanitation and poor hygiene.

·        The average American uses 100 to 175 gallons of water at home each day.  An African family uses about 5 gallons of water each day.

·        Every 15 seconds, a child dies from a water-related disease

·        88 percent of all diseases are caused by unsafe drinking water, inadequate sanitation and poor hygiene.

·        At any given time, half of the world’s hospital beds are occupied by patients suffering from a water-related disease.

·        40 billion hours each year are spent collecting water in sub-Saharan Africa, equal to over 19 million full-time employees.

·        The weight of the water container that women in Africa carry on their heads is equivalent to the baggage weight allowed by airlines (20 kg/44 lbs)

·        Many women and young girls in developing countries must walk as much as six miles every day to retrieve water for their families.

 

 

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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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