Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Advocacy: Support a White House Conference on Food & Nutrition

An advocacy opportunity from the Greater Chicago Food Depository....
Call Your U.S. Representatives Today!

Support a White House Conference on Food and Nutrition

Legislation supporting a White House Conference on Food and Nutrition has been introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives! Call your Congressperson and urge him/her to co-sponsor legislation calling for a White House Conference on Food and Nutrition (HR6127). If your Representative is on the Agriculture or Education and Labor Committee, it is even more important that they hear from you. The following Illinois U.S. Representatives are on the the Agriculture or Education and Labor Committees: Rep. Judy Biggert, Rep. Danny Davis, Rep. Phil Hare, and Rep. Timothy Johnson.

What You Can Say

"My name is ________and I am calling from ________ to urge Representative _______ to support legislation calling for a White House Conference on Food and Nutrition and to sign on as a co-sponsor of HR 6127.”


Nearly 40 years have passed since the United States convened a White House conference to comprehensively address the issues of food, hunger, health and nutrition in America. While we have made great strides, more than 35,000,000 of our neighbors face a constant struggle against hunger, 12,600,000 of whom are children and 5,000,000 of whom are seniors, the disabled and the critically ill. We now have a tremendous opportunity to discuss the power of nutrition at the highest levels in the country and to bring about real change in how we care for those who are too young, too old, too sick or too hurt by life to care for themselves.

To reach your Representative’s office toll-free, call the Capitol switchboard at 1-800-828-0498.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Contact Obama's VP Pick, Joe Biden, with ONE

The following is wording from the ONE campain, but I'd like to add my 2 cents. Joe Biden was one of the heroes of the Lantos-Hyde Act (still looking for the link to the op-ed that talks about that...will post soon). The Lantos-Hyde Act, passed in July, is the biggest global health bill in our nation's history. It tackles the triple threat of AIDS, TB and malaria...three deadly diseases of poverty. The passage of that bill was long and complicated...it came dangerously close to being hung up in the Senate. And it might have, if Joe Biden hadn't provided leadership to shepherd it through. Many people on both sides of the aisle deserve credit for the success of Lantos-Hyde...and Biden was one of the leaders.
Senator Obama finally announced his vice-president choice, Senator Joe Biden - and I just took action with ONE.org to make this national political moment a meaningful poverty-fighting moment.

Click the link below to send Joe Biden a digital postcard letting him know that you want leadership as committed to ending extreme poverty and global disease as we are.

Click here to send a message to Joe Biden

It's important we contact him now, before he gets swept-up in an inevitable blur of coast-to-coast campaigning and crushing national media attention.