Here are a few of the things that will happen because of sequestration cuts (from the Coalition of Human Needs):
- WIC nutrition aid denied to 600,000 American children and mothers
- 70,000 American children in poverty without Head Start
- 30,000 American children in poverty without child care
Globally, as a result of sequestration of contributions to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB, and Malaria (from Oxfam):
- 1.5 million fewer insecticide-treated mosquito nets will be available, leading to 4,000 deaths from malaria
- 54,800 fewer TB patients will receive treatment, leading to 6,600 more TB deaths.
- 61,000 people will not be treated for HIV/AIDS.
But, back to our question: What can the average person do?
RESULTS is an organization committed to empowering everyday people to exercise their own political power by urging Congress to take action for people in poverty. This is the action suggested by RESULTS from February 26. Now, that the cuts are inevitable, your call can be more an expression of disappointment, frustration, outrage or whatever you are feeling. But your member of Congress NEEDS to know this. There are appropriations discussions for 2014 right around the corner and some of this damage can be helped next year...but ONLY if they hear from you and know what you want!
From RESULTS Weekly U.S. Poverty Update, Feb 26: