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Get Involved With the Countdown To Freedom From Debt - (59 Days Left)!

Jubilee-USA
August 4th, 2004

As of today, there are 59 days until October 1, Debt Decision Day. We are off to a great start in our Countdown campaign. So far, you have generated more than 640 faxes to the US Treasury and in just the past two weeks the number of co-sponsors of the JUBILEE Act has jumped from 6 to 18!

For the full action alert, talking points and more, see the Jubilee USA website at www.jubileeusa.org

 

But we have much more to do to mount enough pressure on the administration and Congress to support our call for 100% multilateral debt cancellation for impoverished nations by the G-7 Finance Ministers meeting on October 1. Read on to find out how you can take action this month, and to get the latest news and updates from Jubilee USA.

Below:
1) TAKE ACTION: Set Up District Visits with Your Representative: Support the JUBILEE Act!
2) TAKE ACTION: Send An E-Card to the IMF/World Bank with the Irish Debt Campaign
3) New Drop the Debt Newsletter is Out
4) Register to Vote via the Jubilee USA website
5) New Web Resources for Jubilee Members: Candidate Profiles and Jewish Jubilee Congregations
6) Donate to support the movement for Jubilee Justice!
7) Upcoming Events

 

1. TAKE ACTION: Set Up District Visits with Your Representative: Support the JUBILEE Act!

Congress is on recess until September 7, which means your Representative is in your District. Please set up a meeting at your Member of Congress’ local office and ask him/her to co-sponsor the JUBILEE Act (HR 4793), which calls on the IMF, World Bank, and regional development banks to fully cancel the debt of 50 impoverished countries. Debt cancellation will free up critical resources for the fight against HIV/AIDS, for education, and clean water. To find out where your Member’s district offices are, click here to find your member's Web site (http://www.house.gov/). If you are unable to set up a meeting, you can still call them at their district offices; or call their staff in the DC office via the Capitol switchboard at 202-224-3121.

For the full action alert, talking points and more, see the Jubilee USA website at www.jubileeusa.org

 

2. TAKE ACTION: Send An E-Card to the IMF/World Bank with the Irish Debt Campaign!

The Debt and Development Coalition in Dublin, Ireland is running a “Debt Kills” e-card campaign to mark the 60th anniversary of the IMF and World Bank. The message of the campaign is clear: the IMF and World Bank must use their own resources to cancel the debts owed to them by the poorest countries in our world NOW.

You can send an e-card from www.debtireland.org

 

3. New Drop the Debt! Newsletter is Out

The summer edition of Jubilee USA’s quarterly newsletter is out. In this month’s edition, get a full report on policy developments on debt coming out of the G-8 summit, including reports on local action and photos, as well as updates on legislation, the April spring IMF/World Bank meetings, and much, much more!

See it online at: http://www.jubileeusa.org/jubilee.cgi?page=newsletters.html

4. Register to Vote via the Jubilee USA Website!

The election is less than 100 days away. Are you sure your name appears on the voter rolls? If you are not registered to vote or need to update your voter registration information, click here now:
http://www.jubileeusa.org/jubilee.cgi?path=/take_action&page=registertovote.html

If you are already registered to vote, do your friends a favor and forward them this e-mail. With the 2004 presidential race less than 100 days away and shaping up to be just as close as it was in 2000, each and every vote will be vital in determining the course our nation takes in the future. We’ve partnered with Working Assets to register voters for the upcoming election. It’s easy, it’s quick and it’s a great way to support the values we all believe in -- because when you register to vote or update your registration via the Jubilee USA website, Working Assets will make a donattion to Jubilee USA.

Click here to register today:
http://www.jubileeusa.org/jubilee.cgi?path=/take_action&page=registertovote.html

5. New Web Resources for Jubilee Members

Jubilee USA members, there are two new helpful resources on the Jubilee USA Network that you don’t want to miss! First, we have a new section in the Jubilee Congregations section of the site with Jewish resources on debt and Jubilee. The page includes an overview of the Jubilee Congregations program, articles on Jubilee and economic justice by prominent Jewish authors, and how economic justice relates to Jewish values.
See a link at the bottom of the page: http://www.jubileeusa.org/jubilee.cgi?path=/jubilee_congregations

Also new on the site --profiles of the candidates for President on issues of international debt. The profiles of Senator John Kerry and President GGeorge W. Bush are our effort to educate voters about how the two candidates have historically voted or acted on issues related to international debt cancellation.

See: TBD
6) Donate to support the movement for Jubilee Justice!

2004 is a critical year for Jubilee! Organizing around the 60th Birthday of the IMF and World Bank, the G8 meetings in Georgia in June, and now on the Countdown to Freedom from Debt, all in the context of an election year, has Jubilee buzzing! Unfortunately, all of this great work and the resources we are providing cost money and we are stretching every penny to the limit! Please consider contributing an investment of any amount in Jubilee. You can make a secure, tax-deductible gift to Jubilee USA Network online – simply visit our website and follow the instructions. Thank you for your commitment to this important work!

Donate online at: http://www.jubileeusa.org/jubilee.cgi?path=/donate.

You may also mail a check to Jubilee USA Network, 222 E. Capitol St., NE, Washington, DC, 20003.

7) Calendar of Upcoming Events

August – All month/Nationwide – Set up local meetings with your Member of Congress – Ask them to Co-sponsor the JUBILEE Act! See www.jubileeusa.org for the full alert.

September 1 – Nationwide -- 30 Days to Debt Decision Day! Countdown to Freedom from Debt Call-in Day to the White House and Treasury Department. Check www.jubileeusa.org in late August for details.

September 18-19 – Washington, DC – Green Festival. It's a party! ... with a purpose. Green Festival celebrates what is working in our community: Local businesses, green technology, youth empowerment, fair trade, social investing, renewable energy, environmental justice.... The event will include Live music, arts and crafts, organic food and drinks! With over 250 Green Business, 50 visionary speakers, 20 movies from the DC Environmental Film Festival, and 40 Community Groups. All this for only $10 a day. Jubilee USA will have a booth – so stop by! For more info.: www.greenfestivals.org.

September 21 – 10 days to Debt Decision Day. Join Jubilee USA in Washington, DC outside US Treasury.

October 1 – Debt Decision Day! G-7 Finance ministers meet. Ring in debt freedom at picket outside G-7 Finance Ministers meeting in Washington. Ring in Debt Freedom solidarity actions across the country.


Neil Watkins
Outreach and Communications Coordinator
Jubilee USA Network
(202) 783-0129
www.jubileeusa.org