Wednesday, March 16, 2005

Speaking Out

From Sojourners, via Chuck Currie:
Sojourners is offering another opportunity to you to make your voice heard on the budget debate on going on in Congress. Here is their message:

As Christians committed to social justice, we believe that budgets are moral documents. Apparently, Congress didn't get the memo.

The House and Senate Budget Committees approved budgets last week that make dramatic cuts to Medicaid, Food Stamps, and countless other low-income programs while extending tax cuts and (unbelievably) proposing new ones for the wealthiest Americans. This week, the budgets will be discussed and voted on by the full House and Senate, with all members of Congress being able to participate.

Your response to our "The Budget is a Moral Document" campaign has been overwhelming. Almost 20,000 of you have sent e-mails to Congress in the past month, and staff on Capitol Hill report they have never seen this much constituent response about the budget. As people of faith, we must now ramp up our efforts and send one clear message to Congress: Don't pass a morally bankrupt budget!

Here are the two most important things you can do.

Step 1

Call your senators and representative now! Sojourners and Call to Renewal have set up a toll-free phone number for you to reach Congress:

(800) 707-1009

This number will connect you to the Capitol switchboard. Ask for your senator or representative by name). Once you're connected, tell them to stand up for your values by:

Voting YES on amendments that restore funding for Medicaid, Food Stamps, Earned Income Tax Credits, Child Care, and other key work-supports for low-income families.

Voting YES on amendments that repeal tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans.

Voting NO on any budget that goes against biblical and moral principles by fattening the rich at the expense of the poor.

Some tips about how to make a successful call!

Introduce yourself as a constituent and as a person of faith. Say what city or town you're from. Remember: They are your public servants.

Make your request. Remember that you are asking them do something specific (voting yes or no on various proposals), and try to keep calls under two or three minutes.

Make it personal. Explain quickly how this budget will affect you, your friends, or your city/state.

Be polite. Remember, the people answering the phone will get plenty of these calls today, and it's their job to report to their boss what you tell them. Make sure to say "thank you" at the end of the call.

Repeat two times. Please call both your senators and your representative(s). Don't disregard an elected official because you think s/he is too liberal or conservative. Everyone needs to hear this message.

Don't give up. Having trouble getting through? Call your senators and representatives' offices directly (Look up your senators here and your representatives here).

Don't be discouraged if you can't get through on the first try - busy signals mean others are being heard and you are making a difference!

Step 2

Send a letter to your member of Congress. Click here to do it.

Related Post: Would Jesus Pass Tax Cuts For The Rich And Leave The Least Of These Behind?

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