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Old 07-17-2002, 06:21 PM   #1
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So...two things.

1. I'm thinking of trying to set up a meeting with one of our Reps in VA. Any VA angels up for it?

2. Any ideas on how we could get more people on board? Other places I might contact? Do any of you have friends/family who might send a letter?

3. What do you all think of Ali's campaign to shut down Sellafield? Think we could pull it off? Get people to send the WH or Congress or O'Neill postcards? I wonder how that would even start.... (LOL Sherry lady loco)

I'm also thinking of setting up shop an afternoon or two at campus (GMU in Fairfax) with a table and copies of my letter. Will you all bail me out if I get arrested?

Anyway, just thinking....


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Old 07-17-2002, 06:24 PM   #2
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Also just got this from Jubilee USA. NICE NEWS! Please call if you're in the states listed below!


(Should I post this in Free Your mind, too??)



Jubilee USA Action Alert--Update on Debt Legislation
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Watch your mailboxes for the next Jubilee newsletter with updates on all
aspects of our work for complete debt cancellation, including the
illegitimate debt project, report-back from the G8 and plans for a massive
mobilization for the World Bank and IMF Fall meetings.


DEBT LEGISLATION HAS PASSED THE SENATE - NOW, HELP US WIN IN THE HOUSE!

**WE NEED YOUR HELP NOW MORE THAN EVER**

In April, companion bills were introduced in the House and Senate that, if
passed, would provide deeper debt relief by cutting an additional $1 billion
in debt service. These bills, the Debt Relief Enhancement Act of 2002 (HR
4524 and S 2210), have solid bipartisan support.

For the Jubilee USA Network position on the legislation, please visit:
http://www.jubileeusa.org/jubilee.cg...ew_Debt_Legisl
ation.html

In the last few weeks, significant progress has been made in both the Senate
and the House. The Senate version was incorporated into S. 2525 “The United
States Leadership Against HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria Act of 2002.”
This bill, sponsored by Sens. Kerry and Frist, unanimously passed the Senate
on July 12. However, the language is not as strong and binding as we want.
This means that we need to work even harder to get support in the House of
Representatives.

Rep. Smith has requested a mark-up of his bill before the House
International Relations Committee. While no date has been set, this is a
strong step forward. In addition, the
bill is continuing to attract co-sponsors from both parties.

**Because of this request, Jubilee USA has expanded its list of target
congressional districts. A list of these names follows. If you live in
these districts or know someone who does, please take action now!

We need you to write letters and make phone calls to these Representatives
to urge them to co-sponsor HR 4524. District visits are needed now more
than ever! Congress is in recess the entire month of August - this is a
perfect time to set up a meeting with your Representative in the district
office.

Arizona
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Flake (1-AZ)
Kolbe (5-AZ)

California
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Bono (44-CA)
Gallegly (23-CA)
Horn (38-CA)
Rohrabacher (45-CA)
Royce (39-CA)

Colorado
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Schaffer (4-CO)
Tancredo (6-CO)

Delaware
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Castle (At large-DE)

Florida
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Ros-Lehitnen (18-FL)

Illinois
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Biggert (13-IL)
Hastert (14-IL)
Hyde (6-IL)
Shimkus (20-IL)

Indiana
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Burton (6-IN)
Kerns (7-IN)

Iowa
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Ganske (4-IA)
Latham (5-IA)
Nussle (2-IA)

Kansas
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Ryun (2-KS)

Louisiana
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Cooksey (5-LA)
McCrery (4-LA)

Maryland
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Gilchrest (1-MD)

Minnesota
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Ramstad (3-MN)

Nebraska
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Bereuter (1-NE)

New Hampshire
---------------
Sununu (1-NH)

New Jersey
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Ferguson (7-NJ)
Roukema (5-NJ)

New York
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Gilman (20-NY)
Houghton (31-NY)
King (3-NY)

North Carolina
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Ballenger (10-NC)

Ohio
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Chabot (1-OH)
Oxley (4-OH)

Pennsylvania
--------------
Pitts (19-PA)

Texas
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Armey (26-TX)
Paul (12-TX)

Virginia
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Davis, Tom (11-VA)
Wolf (10-VA)

Wisconson
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Sensenbrenner (9-WI)

Wyoming
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Cubin (WY)


Write a letter, make a phone call, and consider organizing a district
visit. The following representatives are extremely important. We need your
action to make sure the legislation passes! Contact Sarah for more
information and help in organizing: sarah_jubileeusa@yahoo.com or
202-546-4470.


Sample Letter to Members of Congress
------------------------------------------------------------

Dear Representative --:

I am writing to express my support for deeper debt cancellation for
impoverished countries. Debt relief has proven to be effective in putting
kids in school and saving lives through increased access to health.
However, debt relief has not gone far enough. Complete debt cancellation is
needed for the fight against HIV/AIDS and to ensure global security through
poverty reduction.

Please co-sponsor the “Debt Relief Enhancement Act of 2002,” HR 4524, which
will provide an additional $1 billion in debt relief for poor countries.

Also, the World Bank will ask Congress this year for more of our taxpayer
money (IDA-13). I would like you to condition your support on deeper debt
cancellation and an end to harmful World Bank and IMF policies that prevent
poor people from having access to clean water, health care, adequate
education, and good jobs.

Please respond with your position on these important moral concerns.

Sincerely,

Your Name
Your Church
Your Address
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Old 07-17-2002, 06:30 PM   #3
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3. What do you all think of Ali's campaign to shut down Sellafield? Think we could pull it off? Get people to send the WH or Congress or O'Neill postcards? I wonder how that would even start.... (LOL Sherry lady loco)
Ooo Sherry, I really like this idea! count me in!
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Old 07-17-2002, 06:34 PM   #4
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You are a GENIUS!! Do you think Bono sends you subliminal messages through his songs? You have to be on the same wavelength with him, you're amazing!

I can't get away to go, but I think your Ali campaign idea with the cards is brilliant! I'll contribute to your bail if you get hauled away!

I'll be sure to write a congressman, even though mine is not on there I will pick the closest one. I will send to more than one if that works!
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Old 07-17-2002, 06:36 PM   #5
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The post card idea is a really good one but I think may be difficult to get off the ground. Ali's campaign really lucked out because they had the full support of the post office as well as several grocery store chains (if I'm not mistaken) to assist in the delivery and dispersal of the cards. For something like that to get off the ground an organization would need someone to help pay for the printing of the cards and the postage as well as have a way to get them to all the individuals and families interested in sending them out.
The ACLU sends faxes and e-mails via its Web sites. Members can send a letter to their representatives that the ACLU either e-mails or faxes for free. Maybe if you got some kind of form e-mail sent around, people could send those to their reps, Paul O'Neill, the president or whoever else.
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Hey, Kerry-Frist passed the Senate? Wow! Cool! It may not be everything we'd like it to be but it sure as hell is better than nothing! I think if it passed the Senate it should pass the House.
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Re: Angel Alert

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Originally posted by Sherry Darling
So...two things.

1. I'm thinking of trying to set up a meeting with one of our Reps in VA. Any VA angels up for it?

2. Any ideas on how we could get more people on board? Other places I might contact? Do any of you have friends/family who might send a letter?

3. What do you all think of Ali's campaign to shut down Sellafield? Think we could pull it off? Get people to send the WH or Congress or O'Neill postcards? I wonder how that would even start.... (LOL Sherry lady loco)

I'm also thinking of setting up shop an afternoon or two at campus (GMU in Fairfax) with a table and copies of my letter. Will you all bail me out if I get arrested?

Anyway, just thinking....


SD

wow! those are great ideas. i wish i lived near you and not Atlanta, otherwise I would help out. I will foward your website on to my best friend. she is an AIDS educator here in Atlanta and is very active with the AIDS community. It is through her hard work that has inspired me to help out as much as possible.
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Old 07-17-2002, 06:49 PM   #8
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Wah.

None of the reps are in my district here in Cali. I did have to laugh though, one of the reps for Ca is Bono... ( mary boh-no!)

Heh Heh!!!
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Old 07-17-2002, 06:59 PM   #9
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Good luck to all of you, it's a good cause. I hope no one gets arrested.
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Old 07-17-2002, 07:14 PM   #10
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We'll I don't know if this will do any good or not , but I wrote to my local Dem rep here that represents my district to ask her to pursuade the rest of the CA reps that are on the list.

I'm PUSHY arent I? We'll it can't hurt anyway, and I challenge the rest to do the same. Check the list out and even if your rep isn't on it , email your local Rep asking them to pass on the word :
You can find your rep by going here and entering in your zip code: http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/yourleg.html

here is the letter I wrote, you're welcome to copy it and send it along, altho I don't profess to be very good at letter writing...

Dear Sen. Bowen:

I know you are not on the list of Reps that are on the expanded targeted list for this bill ( Debt Relief Enhancement Act of 2002) but some of your fellow Reps are: Bono, Gallegly, Horn, Rohrabacher, Royce.
I don't feel it is appropriate for me to petition them since they are not in my district. So I am writing you to see if you can speak to them about the importance of this upcoming bill when the opportunity presents itself. The Senate bill has already been passed (S 2210) and has solid bipartisan support and is due before the House soon.

Below is the letter that I would send them if they were in my district and I thought I would forward it on to you for your reference.
Please let me know if there is anything else I can do,including working with your district office if you think it could help- and as always I appreciate your support.

Thank you!

Julie Cook
Redondo Beach, CA 90277

I am writing to express my support for deeper debt cancellation for
impoverished countries. Debt relief has proven to be effective in putting
kids in school and saving lives through increased access to health.
However, debt relief has not gone far enough. Complete debt cancellation is
needed for the fight against HIV/AIDS and to ensure global security through
poverty reduction.

Please co-sponsor the “Debt Relief Enhancement Act of 2002,” HR 4524, which
will provide an additional $1 billion in debt relief for poor countries.

Also, the World Bank will ask Congress this year for more of our taxpayer
money (IDA-13). I would like you to condition your support on deeper debt
cancellation and an end to harmful World Bank and IMF policies that prevent
poor people from having access to clean water, health care, adequate
education, and good jobs.

Please respond with your position on these important moral concerns.
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Good luck to all of you, it's a good cause. I hope no one gets arrested.

I don't think anyone is going to get busted, but if they did, hey, that might lead to more PR--and not necessarily bad. Getting busted in Birmingham didn't hurt MLK!
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Old 07-17-2002, 09:21 PM   #12
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Hmmmmm...

I suspect Ali had a little financial support from The Count of Monte Dublin for all those post cards. But there must be a way. They say you come up with great stuff in your sleep, so I'll try to dream about it. LOL.

I think a good first step might be contacting organizations already up and running (like Jubilee) to suggest it. It'd cost like what, $1.50 each? I'd be happy to pay for my own. Maybe those of us really committed could "sponsor" X amt of post cards. The next step is how to get them out. I think Ali milked some media to get the word out. Mmmmm...local news, local papers....

Anyway, a more practical place to start is CERTAINLY calling your rep. I sent the email and will follow up with a phone call. I love Jubilee-- they give you kind of a script for those of us (like moi) who might be kinda nervous. http://jubileeusa is where you can click and send.

I think also we could make some headway with family and friends. If every Angel could get 2 others to call and or write.... (feel free to send my letter which is on the site in my sig....make life easy...)

dsmith, welcome! I hope you'll join us! The form letter idea is a good one, and in fact, for Bush and O'Neill, that's just what we've done. Thanks! UVbabe, I hope you'll join our little campaign to by calling your rep, and sending a letter to Bush and O'Neill.

Links in the sig, as ya'll know. Cut and paste if angelfire argues with ya.

Thanks guys! This bill is past one hurdle, but it's got a bigger one ahead of it!

Cheryl

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Old 07-18-2002, 08:25 AM   #13
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I'm in VA but I'm terrified of meeting with the congressman. I don't have any fancy clothes, but I guess I could borrow some like Bono I just hope I wouldn't screw up and say something lame, I'm not the official type, but then again, Bono never was and look at him!

Thanks for all the info, I will do what I can!
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Old 07-18-2002, 01:12 PM   #14
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Re: Hmmmmm...

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dsmith, welcome! I hope you'll join us! The form letter idea is a good one, and in fact, for Bush and O'Neill, that's just what we've done. Thanks! UVbabe, I hope you'll join our little campaign to by calling your rep, and sending a letter to Bush and O'Neill.
The form letter thing definitely works. I pretty much get a letter a week from one of my representatives because I'm writing them so much on behalf of the ACLU!
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Old 07-18-2002, 05:16 PM   #15
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This is all very sad, but interesting and necessary. Sherry Darling you sound like an incredible lady! Go for it! I will write one too.
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