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Every senator needs to hear from their constituents, but we have identified five U.S. senators who will be key votes in this process. If you live in any of the following states, we especially need you to make calls urging them to reject the American Health Care Act:
Nevada: Sen. Dean Heller
Alaska: Sen. Lisa Murkowski
Maine: Sen. Susan Collins
Arizona: Sen. Jeff Flake
Colorado: Sen. Cory Gardner
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We will gather for our annual Lobby Day in Washington D.C., on June 13. Please consider sending someone from your church or organization to help us make an even bigger impact as we visit our members of Congress on Capitol Hill this year. Registration is now open.
The 2017 Offering of Letters: Doing Our Part to End Hunger is available in English and Spanish.
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Tuesday, June 20 at 4 p.m. EDT
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Minnesotan Janet Humphrey had some good news to share with her friends.
After receiving an email from Bread for the World instructing her to ask her member of Congress to approve $1 billion in funding for famine, Humphrey was skeptical that her call would matter. It seemed like a long shot, given the current political environment, that Congress would include such a large amount of humanitarian aid in the budget. She dialed her U.S. congresswoman Betty McCollum (D-MN-04) anyway.
“I called the D.C. office of Betty McCollum and told the admin that I wanted to support Bread for the World's request for an additional $1 billion for famine relief in the fiscal year 2017 budget.” Humphrey said. “The admin asked, did you say billion, with a ‘B’?”
After telling the staffer that she did indeed mean billion, Humphrey forgot about the call.
A few weeks later she received another email from Bread’s president David Beckmann telling her that the spending bill had passed and included $1.1 billion in additional funding for famine relief.
“I was completely amazed,” Humphrey said. “Ask and you shall receive."
Humphrey’s call, and the calls thousands of others made along with her, will save lives. Famine threatens the lives of an estimated 20 million people in Nigeria, South Sudan, Somalia, and Yemen. Aid is urgently needed to stop widespread starvation.
Bread members responded to this urgency in record time. Our leaders sounded the alarm that famine is an issue that the faith community cares about. In April, a group of religious leaders met with U.S. Rep. Brad Schneider (D-IL-10) on foreign assistance.
Each advocacy action contributed to this win. The meetings and phone calls that took place across the U.S. were critical to ensuring that Congress included the lifesaving aid in the spending bill.
Ryan Quinn, Bread for the World’s senior international policy analyst, said that even a couple of months ago, no one considered that it would be possible to get Congress to approve the funding. “This is a win we should celebrate,” Quinn said. “The lives that will be saved are numerous.”
The Activist Tool Kit is intended for new and current Bread grassroots hunger activists. It provides a set of how-to sheets for carrying out advocacy and fact sheets on the current issues Bread for the World is working on.
It's ideal as a starter toolkit for new Bread activists or as a set of updates for current activists. Form your own toolkit by printing out some or all of the sheets in the kit.
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A set of how-to sheets for carrying out advocacy and fact sheets on the current issues Bread for the World is working on.
For new and current Bread grassroots hunger activists.
Ideal as a starter toolkit for new Bread activists or as a set of updates for current activists.
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