Take Action Tuesday: January 9, 2018
Take Action Tuesday: January 9, 2018
It’s Take Action Tuesday and Welcome to 2018! Buckle up, advocates, we’re about to embark on a very big year. Before we get busy on 2018 though, let’s look back at the work we did together in 2017!
We began 2017 by launching the CARE Action podcast with a thorough overview of how CARE works in a tumultuous political climate. Then, we spent the year discussing everything from gender equity to the Inauguration, Bangladesh to the Budget, chocolate to fried chicken and faith to food insecurity. With 2018 gearing up to be a big political year with the 2018 midterm elections, you’re going to want to download every new episode and hot conversation we have about foreign assistance and advocacy for the world we want to live in.
And speaking of advocacy, these are the issues we lobbied our hearts out on in 2017 and will continue advocating for in 2018:
- The Foreign Assistance Budget is the meat-and-potatoes that feeds much of what the U.S. does around the world to advance diplomacy and address global poverty. And, it’s the biggest bargain in the entire budget. The foreign assistance budget comprises only 1 percent of the federal budget, but delivers immeasurable benefits in the US and around the world.
- How’d we do? We held the line for foreign assistance funding in 2017 (with a surprise boost for famine relief) and we’re holding our breaths for 2018.
- Food and Nutrition Security policies are critical for meeting the needs of the nearly-800 million people who don’t have enough food to eat. CARE Action advocated for emergency and long-term programs that lessen the frequency, severity and impact of devastating emergencies and develop a country’s self-reliance and ability to meet their own population’s needs.
- How’d we do? We raised enough awareness on Capitol Hill that in May, Congress approved $990 million for critical famine relief in Yemen, South Sudan, Nigeria and Somalia, and $1.6 billion for food aid.
- Gender and Empowerment are focal points for CARE because most of the 1.2 billion people in the world who live in poverty are girls and women. Our most important advocacy action for gender and empowerment this year was around the reintroduction of the International Violence Against Women Act in the Senate.
- How’d we do? It’s too early to tell, but we’re optimistic this bill is gaining traction with Members of Congress who recognize the importance of ending violence against women and girls globally.
- Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights are among the most effective, affordable and life-changing interventions that CARE Action advocates for and this year, we pushed hard to protect U.S. funding for international family planning and reproductive health.
- How’d we do? We were able to secure bi-partisan support for international family planning and reproductive health funding in the Senate.
We suspect the hair-raising, nerve-jangling, stress-inducing roller-coaster ride we started in 2017 isn’t going to end any time soon. We’re not worried though because we know our advocates and champions have been there for us through thick and thin and will stay strong for the long haul. Here’s how you can take action today if you have:
- 1 minute: Watch this video about last January’s Women’s March in Washington when CARE, CARE Action and millions of women around the world, walked in solidarity for women’s rights. Share it on social media and help reignite the fire and passion.
- 10 minutes: Start your advocacy for 2018 by making sure you’ve signed our petitions to Congress. Then email 5 friends and ask them to sign them too.
- 15 minutes: Freshen up your advocacy basics and sharpen up your advanced skills by logging on to Advocate U. Explore the issues, how to take action and how to use our advocacy power tools.
Keep your eyes on our blog and ears on the podcast for more information about the issues, events and opportunities that make CARE work and updates on how you can help in 2018. Like, we said, it’s going to be a very big year. Let’s do this!