Take Action Tuesday: February 13, 2018

Take Action Tuesday: February 13, 2018

2/12/18

 

It’s Take Action Tuesday and once again, the budget is on the top of our minds.  Even though our advocates have just finished fighting to stop drastic budget cuts from becoming reality in 2018, this week, the Trump administration is looking ahead to 2019, and cuts to foreign aid are just as bad. 

Yesterday, the Trump administration released their budget for 2019. If this “wish list” truly reflects their plan for American humanitarian assistance going forward, then our work this year as advocates is cut out for us. Continuing with their recommendation for deep cuts to foreign assistance, our job is to tell Congress and the world that America cares about foreign assistance and opposes these cuts!   

In fact, funding foreign assistance at levels that facilitate effective humanitarian and development assistance is how America helps feed the world. It’s how we ensure that the record-breaking numbers of mothers and children currently facing famine conditions can survive and rebuild lives that are full of potential. It’s how we help countries facing drought, flood, earthquake and other natural disasters to pick up the pieces and put them back together in ways that make their communities stronger. It’s how we educate the next generation of global citizens, entrepreneurs, investors, problem-solvers and peacekeepers.  Bottom line, it’s the right thing to do. America’s investment in foreign assistance is how we eradicate poverty, address disparity and support our global and national security and that’s something we cannot short-change.   

For this Take Action Tuesday, we’re asking you to raise your voice so that members of Congress hear directly from their constituents that foreign assistance is too important to be cut.  Here’s how you can help if you have:

5 minutes: Make the call to your member of Congress and tell him/her:

My name is ___________ and I am a constituent in your district/state.  I am calling about foreign assistance funding for 2019.  As an advocate for CARE, a leading humanitarian organization fighting global poverty, and as an American citizen, I support robust funding for foreign assistance. Our national security, the global economy and America’s reputation as a global leader are at stake and I’m asking you to step up when it’s needed most. 

10 minutes: Sign up and give that message in person  – Register to attend this year’s CARE National Conference, May 21-23, 2018 in Washington D.C. for three days of information, inspiration and advocacy with hundreds of fellow CARE Advocates  before we take our message to Capitol Hill.  Then, invite 5 friends to come with you.

30 minutes: Relax with a podcast – Once you’ve made the call and signed up for the conference, you’ve earned some downtime.  Download “ CARE Action’s Special Election 2018 podcast episode, where CARE Action’s Executive Director Rachael Leman interviews political consultant and campaign manager Jon Seaton about his predictions for the 2018 Election and his best strategies and tips for influencing candidates. Then, share it on social media and tag @CARE and @CAREActionNow.

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