"I'm what the world considers to be a phenomenally successful man. And I've failed much more than I've succeeded. And each time I fail, I get my people together, and I say, "Where are we going?" And it starts to get better." - Calvin Trager
Is the Global Fund worth our money? You bet! Consider this:
*The Global Fund (a multilateral initiative) is working in 130 countries – expanding prevention as well as treatment. (Compare this with the president's bilateral initiative - PEPFAR - which is doing good work but in only 15 countries)
*The Global Fund provides 3/4 of all global HIV spending, 2/3 of TB spending, 1/2 of malaria spending.
*The Global Fund has put 400,000 people on lifesaving treatment
*The Global Fund has treated one million people for TB
*Call your senators RIGHT NOW and ask them to co-sponsor the Santorum-Durbin Amendment. You can find your senator's names at www.senate.gov. Also, you can go to http://episcopal.grassroots.com/ -- and if you are a member of the Episcopal Public Policy Network it will link you to that info. And if you're not ... well you get to join!
*The capitol switchboard is 202-224-3121. Just dial it and ask to speak to your Senator's office. When someone answers in the office, ask to speak to the staffer who handles foreign policy.
*Whtn the staffer answers, be simple, straightforward and specific. Say you are calling to urge your senator to co-sponsor the Santorum-Durbin Amendment to contribute an additional $566 million to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria. This is an essential part of the president's commitment to fight global AIDS. It is also a part of our commitment to the Millennium Develoment Goals.
I've got three meetings today. Lacy Clay (my excellent MO. District 1 representative) and then our Missouri senators -- Kit Bond and Jim Talent. Only I'm sure our meetings will be with staffers and not actually with them. Then it's meetings with some great folks at National Cathedral with Cathedral College and the Center for Global Justice and Reconciliation about working with EGR ... and then home AT LAST!
Oh, and if you have a moment, click over to Neha's blog and read her reflection on the street harrassment women in India experience. It's eye-opening.
| Mike at 3/13/2006 07:57:00 AM
EGR resources and connects the church to embrace what one person, one congregation, one diocese and one church can do to make this mission of global reconciliation happen.
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"Christ's example is being
demeaned by the church if they ignore the new leprosy,
which is AIDS. The church is the sleeping giant here.
If it wakes up to what's really going on in the rest
of the world, it has a real role to play. If it doesn't,
it will be irrelevant."