Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Advocacy Vignettes: Voices for Those Who Have Been Ignored

Here are some  more photos (courtesy of Ellen Buelow) from our visit with Sarah Cobb from Sen. Tom Udall's staff here in Albuquerque on June 4 as well as a couple of pictures from the Lobby Day reception in Washington on June 12.  (And here's my previous Lobby Day post).

Terese Rand Bridges

I am not a Christian activist because that is a redundancy. To be a Christian is to act in the world-to act with God 

- Rev. Gabriel Salguero
Lamb's Church, New York City
Sarah Cobb

In a slum that I visited in Jaipur, USAID workers were helping with prenatal visits for villagers, child health services, and developing creative ways to encourage healthy lifestyles for kids. Just like we focus on strengthening our communities at home, Gandhi called on India to focus on building self-sufficient villages. 

-Sen. Tom Udall 

We are not voices for the voiceless. We are voices for those who we have ignored. 

-Faustine Wabwire
foreign assistance policy analyst at Bread for the World Institute.

Keith West-Harrison (CARE Action Network), Carlos Navarro

If an elephant has its foot on a mouse and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality.

-Bishop Desmond Tutu

David Beckmann introduces Sen. Patty Murray

We should end the subsidies for yachts and boats before we cut prenatal care

 -Sen Patty Murray, D-WA
at Lobby Day Reception

David Beckmann and Rep. Jim McGovern
"...hunger costs at least $167.5 billion due to the combination of lost economic productivity per year, more expensive public education because of the rising costs of poor education outcomes, avoidable health care costs, and the cost of charity to keep families fed....We know that hunger would be even worse in the country if it weren’t for programs like the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, the school meal programs and other federal anti-hunger programs. These programs are literally a lifeline for millions of hungry children, parents and seniors." 

- Rep. Jim McGovern, D-Ma.  (from floor speech, April 17, 2012)
[Rep. McGovern made similar comments at Lobby Day Reception]

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