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Old 06-01-2005, 05:12 PM   #1
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Time for Action for Africa's Future

This is the month, folks. There will be much information on efforts to put pressure on the G8 leaders to keep their promises which they have made to assist Africa out of her current situation.

I can't express adequately in words just HOW IMPORTANT our pressure on these world leaders can really lead to an improvement in the lives of MILLIONS of the world's poorest people.

So, to get this month started, here are some things that YOU CAN DO to help:





Jubilee USA UPDATE
June 1, 2005
www.jubileeusa.org

With just five weeks to go before the G-8 summit begins on July 6 in
Gleneagles, Scotland, we need your help to make our final push to
achieve a
bold deal on debt this summer.

Though signs have been disappointing in recent months with IMF debt
cancellation looking less certain and fewer countries being considered,
we
must keep the pressure on our government and the rest of the G-8 in the
critical next 5 weeks, while we build our movement for the long-term to
achieve our full vision.

This edition of Jubilee USA Update is full of ways you can take action
with
your community, your congregation, your friends and co-workers in
support of
debt cancellation. Please forward this alert broadly to friends,
colleagues,
and listserves! Look for more frequent updates in the 5 weeks ahead and
check back at www.jubileeusa.org often!

BELOW:
1) 5 Ways to Take Action with 5 Weeks Left Before the G-8 Summit
2) News: World Council of Churches Calls for IMF & World Bank to Sell
Gold
Reserves to Balance World Debt
3) Jubilee USA Drop the Debt Newsletter Summer 2005 edition is out!
4) Donate Now to support Jubilee USA Network

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1) 5 Ways to Take Action with 5 Weeks Left Before the G-8 Summit

There are 5 ways you, your friends, and your co-workers can support
Jubilee
USA in our call for a bold deal on debt at the G-8 Summit:

1. CALL IN to the Treasury Department on June 7 and to the White House
on
June 29! Ask Treasury Secretary Snow and President Bush to support
100%
debt cancellation for all impoverished nations, including IMF debt. See
www.jubileeusa.org for more detail, phone numbers, and talking points.

Also join with Catholic Relief Services and others in a call-in day on
June
2. See http://www.usccb.org/sdwp/international/debt6205.htm for
information
on June 2.

2 . SEND A POSTCARD. Join in our “Wipe out Debt in 2005” postcard
campaign:
President Bush and Secretary Snow need to get your message on debt. You
can:
* Order colorful postcards to get signed. Email
coord@jubileeusa.org to
order.
* Sign a postcard on-line at www.jubileeusa.org.
* Download a pdf version of the cards and print them out yourself.
Please return the cards to our office by June 25th. We will deliver
them to
the White House on June 29!
* AFSC is also collecting signatures on an on-line petition to
Snow:

http://www.afsc.org/africa/new-afric...now-Letter.htm

3. WRITE A LETTER TO THE EDITOR OR OP-ED. Writing a letter to the
editor is
easy, and letters are an effective tool to reach people in your
community as
well as decision-makers with our message. Visit www.jubileeusa.org for
tips
and samples of an effective Op-Ed or letter to the editor.

4. TELL NEWMONT MINING COMPANY TO STOP BLOCKING A DEAL ON DEBT.
Colorado-based Newmont along with other gold companies and trade
associations are using their influence in Congress and with the
administration to block a deal on limited use of IMF gold to finance
IMF
debt cancellation. See www.jubileeusa.org for links to resources to
take
action on Newmont beginning on June 2.

5. STAGE A LOCAL ACTION OR EDUCATIONAL EVENT. You could organize a
viewing
of Life and Debt, stage a teach-in, or organize kids in a community or
church summer camp to do street theatre and draw local attention to the
debt
and the G8 summit. Contact Jakeya Caruthers at jakeya@jubileeusa.org
for
more summer action ideas!

See www.jubileeusa.org for a flyer highlighting the top 5 ways you can
take
action in the 5 weeks before the G-8 Summit!

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2) News: World Council of Churches Calls for IMF & World Bank to Sell
Gold
Reserves to Balance World Debt

Christian Today, Saturday, May 28 , 2005,

The world’s largest ecumenical body of churches urged the G8 nations to
cancel debts for poor countries and help reduce poverty by promoting an
economy of sharing and justice, in a letter sent to UK Prime Minister
Tony
Blair ahead of the next G8 meeting in July.

"Life in dignity for all in just and sustainable communities is the
framework that has determined the ecumenical vision," the World Council
of
Churches (WCC)’s General Secretary, Samuel Kobia, wrote. "We are
convinced
that such a vision can become a reality only when economic, financial
and
ecological justice is addressed holistically, with democratic
participation
of all, at all levels."

The letter, sent in late May, encouraged G8 members to "cancel 100% of
illegitimate debts for poor countries," and suggested the IMF and World
Bank
could sell their gold reserves to help balance out the debt. The letter
also
said the banks in the North should return "stolen wealth" from the
global
South.

On trade, Kobia said poor countries should be given the right to
protect
their agricultural sector and encouraged developed countries to
eliminate
trade subsidies to even out the competitive field.

The following is the full text of Kobia’s statement, as released by the
WCC:
http://www2.wcc-coe.org/pressrelease.../pr-05-31.html

Other recent news on debt includes:

Mark Engler, “Debt Cancellation: Historic Victories, New Challenges,”
Foreign Policy in Focus, May 2005
http://www.fpif.org/papers/0505debt.html

Gumisai Mutume, “New Urgency for Cancelling Africa’s Debt,” Africa
Renewal
(UN), April 2005
http://www.un.org/ecosocdev/geninfo/...o1/191debt.htm

New Jubilee USA Fact Sheet on Debt Cancellation, the IMF, and Gold
Sales
http://www.jubileeusa.org/press_room/g8factsheet.pdf

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3) Summer 2005 Jubilee USA Newsletter is out!

This month’s edition features in-depth reports and analysis on the
current
status of debt cancellation efforts within the G-8, a report from the
April-May 2005 Global Connections Tour, an update on the JUBILEE Act,
reports from Jubilee’s efforts in March and April at the spring
meetings of
the IMF/World Bank, and news article on the status of debt and debt
cancellation initiatives in Nigeria.

See www.jubileeusa.org for a downloadable, PDF version of the
newsletter.

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4) Donate today to Jubilee USA Network

We are on the threshold of a significant step forward on debt. For the
first
time, the Group of Eight (G-8) wealthy nations has agreed in principle
to
100% debt cancellation for a number of
impoverished countries. And Jubilee continues to work toward this and
other
victories!

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Old 06-02-2005, 07:35 AM   #2
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Jamila! Thanks so much for posting this. I was jsut getting ready to. Guys, I know how typical it is for these action alerts to say "the time is now", "this is it, let's go"

But seriously, as someone who is a member of the Jubilee Network Council, as the coordinator of Jubilee VA, I follow this issue closely. And there has never, ever been a better shot at seeing teh debt dropped.

Please call. If you only make one call to your reps on this, this is it!

As always, feel free to contact me here with questions.

And while we're on the subject, hey Starsgoblue: did you ever get that meeting set up with your rep? How'd it go?
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Thanks for the post Jamila!

God bless
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Quote:
Originally posted by Sherry Darling

And while we're on the subject, hey Starsgoblue: did you ever get that meeting set up with your rep? How'd it go?
I was actually going to email you....I had originally called to request a meeting and was told I had to do so in writing--which I did. I just called yesterday to see what was up and the woman there said they'd never recieved a letter. I am really curious how a letter that I specifically dropped off at the post office never got there. Now I was told I have to write yet another letter, that I couldn't set up a meeting through a phone call....I'm sending another letter today, that's attached to 20 constituent signatures of people in the area that agree with me. I'm not going away!
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Now THAT, my friends, is an angel. You still have my contact info and the info I sent you about Jubilee? They're there to help you with this stuff. No need to reinvent wheels.

Peace and blessings, hon!

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Thanks for the post
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Yea I still have Jubillee's contact info...I also have a person from DATA personally helping me out with this as well. Let's just hope the letter actually gets there this time, I am really curious about the fate of the last one.

Thank you for the encouragement!
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i signed the One campaign and had my friends sign it...was wondering if any of you had information as to how many people have signed so far? (you seem to be pretty involved )

i think this is a great way to get involved, along with writing letters to senators and representatives. especially for people my age as we're trying to save money for college and often feel that donating such minimal amounts makes little difference. this is a good approach, and i hope it's taken seriously.
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Somewhere close to, near, or around 750K....last time I heard.
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Hey Stars: I suspect some foul play here. They're trying to duck and run, your'e dangerous to them and they want to try and get rid of you.

Here's a trick. Have go to the Governor's's office and try to physically hand-deliver a letter in person, and have a digital camera or some recording device wired on you so you can document that he/she got it. If they make excuses again, contact the local media. Better yet, contact the local media and have them do a front-page writeup in the biggest local paper (I'm sure you can find SOME way to win over a sympathetic editor..ESP if you live in a state where the evangelicals are particularily active and you maker them aware of this and your frustrated efforts.) Or maybe find a local media figure who is sympathetic to the officals' views, that runs favorable stories on them, and win THEM over. That way, they don'thave a media outlet to run negative stories on you. (such as this "White band" nonsense. I still wear mine. And if someone asks me about "slave labor", I'll tell them if you've bought a toy or clothes or anything made of plastic, then you've bought slave labor, b/c pretty much EVERYTHING is made in China these days, and the way to fight this is to contact your Congressman and urge them to hold China accountable. And furthermore, 100 yrs ago your great-grandma was the slave laborer in the tenement, what if people hadn't bought "American" back then? Whre would YOU be? So there.)

Hey, if they try chicanery, show them you're savvy too. Maybe we should start taking "Bono lessons'?

As for me...Maybe I should do his too, but I'm too shy, I guess. I have made a dozens of copies of my pamphlet from the concert and have been posting it at bus-stops, downton bulletin boards, campus bulletin boards, etc. I even stuck a "ONE" ad on a Pepsi 'Oneness" ad..you've seen the ones....
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I agree with Teta040 - the best way to get anything done with an elected official and/or their office is to hand deliver it in person or send it certified/priority mail so that you can track it.

Back in March, a coalition of local AIDS organizations and reps from Global AIDS organizations (moi included) met with the office staff of our newly elected Congressional Representative to share our views on AIDS funding and to hear theirs.

And I agree with stars - The ONE Campaign is nearing the 1,000,000 mark but still has a slight way to go.

And it's always good to have more than a million signatures on the petition by the G8 meeting.

So everyone needs to SIGN UP FOR THE ONE CAMPAIGN NOW - you will save lives if you do.

Thanks everyone for the positive vibes!
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Yes, I am getting a delivery confirmation on this second letter. The more I think about it I feel something went wrong with it somewhere because I personally mailed the letter from the post office. It's a terrible thing to think that someone may have tried to dodge this, not to say the Congresswoman personally had any responsiblity, but honestly how does a a 8 X 11 manila envelope get lost from the PO to downtown?

But then again, she should be scared---she works for me.
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Stars, they DO work for us. At least, that's what they tell us. I think most of us have gotten too complacent and are happy to have them looking out for our best interests. *COUGH* In the end, they are really whatever creature we tell them to be. If we tell them nothing, they'll do as they wish. And if their wish isn't yours, too bad.

LOL....your footer is..um..distracting, BTW Was that you perchance?
And to think, 10 days ago I stood 2 feet away from the man....*sigh*

T's mind starts "moving in mysterious ways"

And thanks Jamila for agreeing with me. I haven't forogtten that thread a few days ago...
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I WISH! I'm just as cute as she is! He totally should!
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You girls rock for doing so much.

I've sent the letters out to my friends and family, and bought the wristbands, but there's so much more I could be doing...
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