We can’t speak up for poor people without speaking up to the powerful, writes Rev. Joel Edwards, director of Micah Challenge International. PEOPLE OF FAITH MUST SPEAK UP!
Bread for the World reports that “thousands of Christians, people of other faiths, heads of denominations, corporations, and nonprofit organizations have formed a Circle of Protection around funding for programs that are critical to hungry and poor people. These programs are threatened by budget cuts proposed by Congress.”
Take action today by calling Washington and by signing on to endorse the statements!
CALL YOUR CONGRESS PEOPLE TODAY
Sen. Hagan, Sen. Burr and the US Representative from your area!
Use the toll-free number 1-888-797-8717 (provided by Faithful Reform for Health Care) to call-in Tuesday through Saturday of this week.
Faithful Reform for Health Care reminds us that “Medicare and Medicaid remain on the chopping block in the federal debt ceiling debate. Yes, everyone knows that we have to have a debt ceiling deal. And, yes, everyone understands that both Medicaid and Medicare are facing serious financial challenges; and yes, we agree that improvements can be made. But those of us who view this issue from the faith perspective and through the lens of justice know that the current proposals strike against everything we believe about protecting vulnerable persons and working on behalf of the common good. “
We, in the faith community, are reminded by The Reverend Linda Walling of the “moral imperative to speak out on behalf of those who will be hurt by such cuts: low-income children, women, and men; low-income working families, persons with disabilities; and senior adults.” The North Carolina Council of Churches has endorsed the “Interfaith Statement of Principles – Protect Medicaid and Medicare.’” This important statement will be used to protect these important life-saving programs.
Use these links to sign the statement for your faith community and/or individually.
Please add your name! Individuals sign on here. And… please consider urging your congregation or community of faith to join you in this effort. National, state/regional, local organizations and congregations sign on here
Please take action today… and invite you friends and family to join you!
-Sandy Irving, Volunteer Program Associate for Health Reform
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