March 15: Join Catholics Around the Country for a National Day of Action

Imagine: Congress is considering slashing funding to assist the people of Haiti who are still reeling from a devastating January 2010 earthquake. A program that provides health and nutrition to 19,000 pregnant and lactating women and their children is in serious jeopardy. In southern Sudan, scheduled to become the world’s newest nation later this year, Congress is considering cutting assistance to small farmers that helps them grow more food and products they can sell for income.

Catholics confronting global poverty are uniting on March 15 to call on their members of Congress to stop balancing the budget on the backs of our brothers and sisters in Haiti, Sudan and around the world. Proposed cuts to poverty-focused international assistance will cost lives.

Please join Catholics Confront Global Poverty, CRS and USCCB, on March 15 for a national day of action to stop careless cuts to poverty-focused international assistance that cost lives. On this day, we are asking Catholics in the United States to:
 
• Call their members of Congress: Dial 1-866-596-7030 for talking points and to be connected to the Capitol Switchboard
Email members of Congress (choose email and/or fax)
• Visit members of Congress in DC or district offices
• Post information about this call to action online including Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, blogs, websites, and other media. Sample messages are provided below:

Sample: Create a Facebook Event

The proposed cuts to poverty-focused international assistance will cost lives. Join our national call-in day on Tuesday, March 15, and tell your members of Congress that they can’t balance the budget on the backs of poor people. Urge them to preserve poverty-focused international assistance because it saves lives and helps the world’s most vulnerable people lift themselves out of poverty. Fiscal responsibility demands shared sacrifice, not disproportionate and careless cuts that cost lives.

Facebook sample messages (these messages can be posted on Facebook and similar social networking sites)

Take Action Now: Tell Congress not to cut poverty-focused international assistance that save millions of lives, and help lift people out of crushing poverty. https://secure.crs.org/site/Advocacy?pagename=homepage&page=UserAction&id=709

Lives will be lost if Congress votes to cut funding for poverty-focused international assistance that fights disease and hunger. Please tell your members of Congress to stop these disproportionate and careless budget cuts! https://secure.crs.org/site/Advocacy?pagename=homepage&page=UserAction&id=709

URGENT: Tell your members of Congress to SAY NO to careless budget cuts that will cost lives among the world’s poor and to SAY YES to shared sacrifice: https://secure.crs.org/site/Advocacy?pagename=homepage&page=UserAction&id=709

Less than 1% of the US budget goes to poverty-focused international assistance, saving lives and lifting people out of poverty. Don’t let Congress make disproportionate and careless cuts that cost lives! https://secure.crs.org/site/Advocacy?pagename=homepage&page=UserAction&id=709

Sample Messages for Twitter

Twitter
Hashtag: #cutscostlives

I just told my members of Congress that careless cuts to poverty-focused international assistance costs lives. Join me to SAY NO to budget cuts that will hurt the world’s poor & to SAY YES to shared sacrifice. Will you? #cutscostlives @CatholicRelief {URL}

URGENT: Tell Congress that Careless Cuts Cost Lives! Stop disproportionate cuts to poverty-focused international assistance that helps fights poverty, disease, and hunger #cutscostlives @CatholicRelief

Tell Congress to stop careless cuts to poverty-focused international assistance that save lives and lift people out of poverty. #cutscostlives @CatholicRelief {URL}

<1% of US budget saves lives around the world and helps the world’s poor. DON’T let Congress take that away! #cutscostlives @CatholicRelief {URL}

Protect human life and dignity! Tell Congress NO to careless cuts to poverty-focused international assistance that saves lives. #cutscostlives @CatholicRelief {URL}

Proposed cuts to the overall budget are under 3% but poverty-focused international assistance is cut 27%. Tell Congress: these careless cuts cost lives. . #cutscostlives @CatholicRelief {URL}

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One Response to “March 15: Join Catholics Around the Country for a National Day of Action”

  1. Maureen Curtin Evermann Says:

    Congress!! please stop cuts to our international humanitarian efforts…………..stop all cuts to those in need of basic human services and dignity in U.S. & worldwide. Catholics Unite – National Day of Action, March 15, 2011. Support Catholic Relief Services.

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