Saturday, May 14, 2011

Networking on Foreign Aid

Have you ever met anyone who has preached at the National Cathedral in Washington?  I have. And she's coming to New Mexico at the end of May. 

Meet Suzanne Berman, a regional organizer for CARE and the CARE Action Network (CAN).  Suzanne, who once worked in the Bread offices in Atlanta and Austin, offered a very nice reflection at the huge Interfaith Convocation sponsored by Bread and several other religious and anti-hunger organizations in 2007.  

We have organized a great networking event around Suzanne's visit.  Join us at La Mesa Presbyterian Church on Thursday, May 26, at 7:00 p.m.  Suzanne will tell us all about the work of CARE and recent CAN efforts.  Keith West-Harrison is the local volunteer coordinator for CAN.

We will also take the opportunity to hold a conversation about global poverty, foreign aid and the impact of recent and proposed budget cuts on development assistance.  Joining us in this conversation will be Maria Franco Tapia, a local staffer from Heifer International.  We have also invited representatives from the Oxfam Action Corps and RESULTS Albuquerque.

[Suzanne, Bread member Ellen Buelow and I  (and possibly a couple other people) are planning to visit the offices of Sens. Tom Udall and Jeff Bingaman on Friday, May 27, to encourage them, among other things, to keep poverty-focused development assistance adequately funded].

So mark your calendars, and I Hope to see you on May 26!

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