April 11, 2005

An Opportunity to Take Action

This post is a little different. It's slightly political. If that's not your thing, feel free to move on, and check back later in the week when I'll probably have a nice little story to post. However, if you believe that Jesus calls us to care for the poor, the elderly, and people with disabilities, read on. This is a message that comes from the California Council of Churches....

Dear Friends:

1. Three Minutes Can Save $Billions for Human Needs

As Tax Day approaches, Americans have good reason to tell Congress how they think their dollars should be spent. Congress will soon vote on a final budget resolution, and they're considering proposals to cut billions from programs that support poor children, working families, people with disabilities, and the elderly. (See CHN fact sheets on how the cuts affect people in your state.)

The outcome of the budget proceedings might come down to three crucial minutes.

That's how long it will take to call your members of Congress.

Call Your Representative and Senators on Tuesday, April 12: Tell them: We'll pay our share in taxes, but we expect you to set the right priorities when you spend those dollars! Tell them to oppose budget cuts in basic programs such as assistance for the elderly and disabled, the Earned Income Tax Credit, Medicaid, foster care, TANF (Temporry Aid to Needy Families), child care, and food stamps.

TOLL-FREE CALL-IN NUMBER: 1-800-247-2971
This toll-free number is provided courtesy of the American Friends Service Committee which has launched a new budget campaign, www.saveourservices.org

If you can't get through on that line, please call the U.S. Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121, or find your Legislator's direct line through the California Church IMPACT web site.

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