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Old 07-16-2004, 08:11 AM   #1
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Wheresoever you be, PLEASE call, fax or write your Reps. Here's the Action Alert from Jubilee

Jubilee USA Network
Countdown to Freedom from Debt Campaign
July 15, 2004

Greetings, Jubilee supporters! Congratulations! Together, we sent more than 640 fax messages to the US Treasury Department yesterday calling on Treasury Secretary John Snow and Undersecretary John Taylor to support 100% debt cancellation for impoverished countries. Thanks for your great efforts.

We have more great news ? groundbreaking new legislation, the JUBILEE Act, has been introduced into the US House of Representatives. We need your help to move this important bill forward. Please call your Member of Congress and ask them to co-sponsor the JUBILEE Act.

Apologies for another request so soon ? but we want to act fast, before Congress leaves for recess on July 23rd... so we have moved up this action from its original date of July 26th in the Countdown. ** Please call on Friday July 16 and the week of July 19-23 for most impact, though you can call throughout July and August. **

Read on for all the details on the Jubilee Act, and see for talking points, and much more! And please send any replies/questions to Marie Clarke at or Lisa Vu at as I will be away from e-mail for the next week.


Action Alert: Ask Your Member of Congress to Co-Sponsor the JUBILEE Act

"Should gold sit wherever the IMF keeps it? Or should the money that that gold represents be used to alleviate some of the most desperate poverty in the world. I don?t know how anybody can think that?s a hard question,"
? Representative Barney Frank (D-Massachusetts), speaking about the JUBILEE Act, announcing the bill?s introduction on June 3, 2004

"It?s the right thing to do for us. It?s the right thing to do for the countries that are heavily indebted. For us it?s a good thing because it makes the world safer. It makes the world more stable. And it is the right thing to do for growing democracies because the greatest threat, I think, to democracy and freedoms is poverty."
-- Representative Spencer Bachus (R-Alabama), June 3, 2004

Summary of Requested Action: Call your Member of Congress and ask him/her to co-sponsor the JUBILEE Act (HR 4793), which calls on the IMF, World Bank, and regional development banks to cancel 100 percent of the debt for 50 impoverished countries. You can reach your Representative via the Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121. You can also get their phone number from the web via!

We need to get dozens of additional Congressional co-sponsors to join the 6 initial co-sponsors listed above! For the remainder of July, our strategy is to focus on encouraging Republicans to co-sponsor the bill, to ensure that the bill maintains a bipartisan balance. When making calls, mention to your member of Congress that Representatives Bachus (R-AL) and Leach (R-IA) are initial co-sponsors, which may influence him or her to support the JUBILEE Act. Though we especially want to outreach to Republicans at this time, please feel free to ask your Democratic member to co-sponsor as well.

We need a strong bipartisan list of co-sponsors to build up the support for this bill and to help to educate Congressional staff and members about debt cancellation. The more co-sponsors we have, the more likely the bill will be able to move through committee this year!

Please call your Representative and/or a Republican on the target list at today and ask them to co-sponsor the JUBILEE Act, H.R. 4793. When you call, ask to speak with the legislative aide who works on international debt, or IMF and World Bank issues. For talking points to use when calling, see the Jubilee USA website. To co-sponsor the bill the staff should call Kathleen Sengstock in Representative Maxine Waters? office at (202) 225-2201. If your Representative has already co-sponsored the bill, please call to thank them. For more information, feel free to contact Marie Clarke at 202-783-0215 or email

Find all the resources you need to call today online at including:

* A summary of and talking points on the JUBILEE Act
* Frequently Asked Questions about the JUBILEE Act
* A copy of the actual bill HR 4793 in PDF format
* A target list of Members
* Some recent press coverage of the JUBILEE Act
* The press release announcing the legislation
* Quotes from Members of Congress who support the bill
* Links to Educational Resources and more on debt!

These resources are at:

Remember, please send any replies/questions to Marie Clarke at or Lisa Vu at

So many of you at Interference have supported this. Let's not miss this chance to really see some change! After the G8, they're listening like they NEVER have before!!!


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Old 07-18-2004, 10:55 AM   #2
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this is fantastic opportunity that we can't slip through the cracks..and I hope everyone who can gets behind this and calls their REP..

thanks Sherry for the alert
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