As a project for our policy class, we were asked to submit a letter to an elected public official, advocacy organization or newspaper editor regarding a social issue of our choice. As a reaction to this assignment, I have since sent several letters on multiple issues. It isn’t a difficult task, letting the change makers know where you stand and what you feel needs to be done about it…I like having my voice heard, and I’d venture to say that is the case w/ most people.
So, I’ll supply you w/ some options [obviously not limited to this very brief list, but at least it’s a starting point – no excuses anymore].
- To Support the Global Poverty Act
- To Increase Poverty-Focused Development Assistance
- To Support Funding for Nutrition Programs in the Farm Bill
- To Support the Global Child Survival Act
Here’s a copy of my most recent letter:
Last week, President Bush returned from his trip to Africa, a continent Americans know faces tremendous challenges and heartbreak. Malaria and AIDS still claim thousands of lives daily. Millions of children still lack access to basic needs like clean water and food.
But Africa, for all its challenges and tragedies, holds unprecedented hope and opportunity. Thanks to new policy approaches and 21st century technologies, we now have proven, effective solutions to many problems that used to seem unsolvable.
For example, today, America’s AIDS initiative is providing nearly 1.4 million people with life-sustaining medications. In the fight against malaria, America has provided 2.3 million bed nets that are protecting Africans from deadly mosquitoes. And today, never before have these solutions been so affordable: AIDS drugs now cost as little as $1 a day. A mosquito net that costs $5 can now protect a child from malaria for five years.
I believe American leadership to end suffering, create hope and bring about peace to the people and nations of Africa is about much more than a presidential legacy it’s about our legacy as a people and a country. Today we have the technologies and resources to beat back extreme poverty. Now we need the political will.
Ok, it’s you’re turn…pick an issue and join the effort!
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