Urging our nation's leaders to end hunger

22 posts from November 2007

Attention on Extreme Poverty

It's always a challenge to get the media to cover hunger and poverty.  One Bread for the World activist who has succeeded is Elaine VanCleave from Birmingham.  Yesterday she got a great Op-Ed piece published about the The ONE Campaign and the white bands.

Here's an excerpt.

Almost 50 years ago, President Kennedy challenged America to put a man on the moon. Now, we have another challenge, something that is more than one small step for man. We are being asked to save 15,000 lives a day, prevent the deaths of 10 million children a year, provide free access to primary education for out-of-school children and deliver access to clean water for 450 million people around the world.

We didn't go to the moon because it was easy. We went because we dreamed of overcoming the seemingly impossible. We went because the American spirit would not be held back. True to our American tradition, we must again lead in another amazing feat -- this time to save millions of lives around the world. We don't have to dream; we know we can reach this goal. We don't have to follow; we can lead the way.

I can't think of anything more impressive.

Read full Op-Ed

Big Farm Bill Vote Next Week: Call your Senators!

Photo originally uploaded by Jason Hightower

The farm bill passed out of the Senate Ag Committee late last week and it's heading to the floor of the senate next Monday.  Read about what happened to the bill in committee here.

Bread for the World, Oxfam and other coalition partners are urging activists to call their senators by early next week  Unfortunately, the committee bill did little to reform the commodity payment programs.  Senators have a chance to strengthen the nutrition program (especially the Food Stamp Program) and conservation and rural development programs and make the commodity programs fairer to all our nations’ farmers. It is their turn to seize the opportunity to create a more just farm bill.

Call your senators today at 1-800-826-3688 and ask them to support the following amendments:

* Lugar/Lautenberg Amendment: The Lugar-Lautenberg amendment would broaden the agricultural safety net by making a free revenue insurance program available to all farmers. This would save billions dollars that would be used to invest in nutrition programs, specialty crop programs (improving research and marketing opportunities for the majority of farmers, who currently do not benefit at all from farm programs); critical conservation programs and the McGovern-Dole international school feeding program.

* Grassley/Dorgan Amendment: The Grassley-Dorgan amendment would establish a hard cap for commodity payments at $250,000 per household, helping ensure payments are targeted where they are needed. The amendment would also make sure that payments flow to working farmers rather than their landlords. The money saved from capping payments to the largest producers and landowners would be redirected into nutrition and conservation programs.

* Other amendments that add funding to nutrition; At stake are additional investments in the Food Stamp Program—especially the standard deduction level. There will be several amendments offered to increase funding for nutrition programs. Senators should support amendments that build on the improvements made in the Senate Agriculture Committee.

Read the full action alert.

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