The Thanksgiving holiday is almost upon us and we have so much to be thankful for! Most of all, we’re thankful for you and your ongoing efforts to confront global poverty. You may not realize it, but you’ve made a huge difference in the lives of our brothers and sisters this year.
Although we’re looking forward to Thanksgiving, we’re gearing up for an intensive advocacy campaign to protect lifesaving poverty-focused international assistance. From November 26 through December 14, during what’s known as the ‘lame duck’ session of Congress, we’re encouraging you and Catholics across the country to urge your Senators and Representative to protect funding for poverty-focused international assistance during Congressional deliberations on debt reduction and appropriations legislation. Specifically, you are asked to urge Congress to:
- Pass FY 2013 poverty-focused international relief and development funding at the levels approved by the Senate;
- Avoid sequestration and its mandated cuts to poverty-focused international assistance; and
- Resolve our nation’s debt and deficit through bipartisan action that requires shared sacrifice by all, including: raising adequate revenues, eliminating unnecessary military and other spending, and addressing the long-term costs of health insurance and retirement programs fairly.
We hope we can count on you to respond to our Action Alert by contacting your Senators and Representative, and to share the alert with others. We’ll host a special webcast on this issue on Wednesday, November 28th from 12:00-1:00 P.M. EST. Please join us. Reserve your spot now. You can also read the most recent letter the Chair of the Committee on Domestic Social Development Bishop Stephen Blair and Bishop Richard Pates, Chair of the Committee on International Justice and Peace wrote the Senate and the House to urging them to avoid sequestration.
Due to the holiday, we won’t send out a weekly update next week. Please look for the Action Alert and our next weekly update during the week of November 26th.
In the meantime, we wanted to share this Thanksgiving prayer with you and your loved ones.
Your Catholics Confront Global Poverty Team
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