Sunday, March 18, 2012

A Tribute to a Tireless Advocate of Ending Global Poverty

Former US Rep. Eva Clayton wrote a very nice tribute about her colleague, the late Rep. Donald Payne, in the the Huffington Post. The piece is entitled "Saluting the Congressman Who Served the Poor Around the World."

Rep. Payne, a Democrat from New Jersey who served on the Bread for the World board of directors from 2004 to 2009, passed away on March 6 of complications from colon cancer. 

Rep. Payne was a strong supporter of human rights and worked tirelessly to provide humanitarian assistance to developing countries, particularly in Africa. He was the ranking Democrat on the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, and Human Rights.

Read more about his accomplishments from Bread for the World and ABC News 

Here is an excerpt from Rep. Clayton's tribute: 
We can learn from the principled legislator and humanitarianism that Congressman Payne continued to be right up until his death. He demonstrated his commitment through proposing legislation and providing leadership to protect critical programs that would protect the most vulnerable among us, particularly those living in developing countries around the world. This was evident by his legislation to support Somalia, Zimbabwe and Haiti.

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