Support the STOP Act
Recent reports about sexual assualt in the U.S. Military confirm that much more needs to be done to protect our women and men in the Armed Forces. Introduced by Representative Jackie Speier, HR 1593, Sexual Assault Training Oversight and Prevention (STOP) Act, would make significant improvements to how sexual assault is handled by the U.S. Military.
Currently soldiers are required to report sexual assault to their immediate supervisor who then takes the complaint up the chain. This can be problematic, however, if the supervisor is also the offender. Under the STOP Act, punishments for sexual assault will be handed down by a judge and not by commanders in the military who may be protecting their colleagues. The bill will also create a separate office with experts to handle investigations and a unit to provide medical services.
Moms for Moms - A Petition for Global Health Funding
Every 60 seconds a child dies from malaria. The World Health Organization (WHO) credits increased prevention and control measures for reducing malaria mortality rates by more than 25% since 2000. A United Nations report in December 2012 warned that a slowdown in funding threatens to reverse gains in malaria prevention.
Collection of signatures will begin with World Malaria Day, April 25, and run through Monday May 13th. Every United Methodist conference is encouraged to add at least 100 signatures to this petition.
You do not have to be a United Methodist to sign, nor do you have to be a mother!
Petition to Members of the United States Congress:
World Malaria Day - Advocacy Letter
April 25th 2013 is World Malaria Day. Contacts are encouraged to write congress and ask for continued support of Global Health Assistance for illnesses of poverty like malaria. Malaria is 100% preventable and treatable yet 670,000 die from it every year.
Urge Your Senator to End Gun Violence Today
The terrible gun shooting in Newtown, CT happened just a few months ago and already we have seen thousands more die due to gun violence. As the Senate begins to debate gun violence prevention legislation we must let them know that we want them to do all they can to keep our communities safe from this epidemic of gun violence.
This IS the Day to Stop Gun Violence
After the tragedy losing 27 lives to gun violence in Newtown, Conn, all of us know — regardless of where we stand on access to guns — there are simple things that Congress can and must do to prevent gun violence and more senseless tragedies.
This letter is to be sent to President Obama asking that meaningful action be taken. A church in Virignia vowed to keep the letter in its church foyer, solicit new signatures and send it in repeatedly until Congress takes action.
You and your congregation are encouraged to do the same, so we can work together to ensure fewer gun-violence tragedies in the future.
The letter is to go to:
President Barack Obama
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500
People of Faith are Unified in Commitment to Non-Violence
We need your help to protect the lives and safety of our gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender brothers and sisters in Uganda.
The Uganda Parliament is considering a bill that would impose more severe punishments for homosexual acts, which are already illegal there. The re-introduced bill would put LBGT individuals and their families at great risk. It has been called the "world's most harsh and comprehensively homophobic law."
The petition is directed to:
- Uganda Parliament Speaker Rt. Hon. Rebecca Kadaga
- President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, Uganda
- CC: Bishop Daniel Wandabula, East Africa Conference of The United Methodist Church
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Stand With Us Against Malaria, HIV&AIDS and Tuberculosis
No single organization will overcome malaria working alone. We all must stand together to fight this disease.
The children of Africa need your voice. The U.S. government has a tradition of providing critical support to vulnerable communities as they struggle to fight life-threatening diseases like malaria, but global health funds are at risk every year.
Please join us in encouraging elected officials to support continued Global Health funding in the U.S. budget. Because when it comes to saving lives, everyone has a part to play.
Without continued US government support, families in Africa face a grave future - decades of hard work and progress could be undone.
I am Prophet-Driven
We the people called United Methodist are committed to ministry with those living in poverty. As witnesses to the economic hardships faced by our brothers and sisters in the United States and around the world, we believe their needs and interests must be the focus of any recovery agenda. We reject the notion that those on the margins must suffer first and recover last. Instead, scripture demands we place those living on the economic margins at the center of our vision of a just economy.
Take Action! Tell Congress to Invest in Mothers and Families
Every two minutes somewhere in the world a woman dies from complications during pregnancy or childbirth. Nearly all of these women live in parts of the world where poverty is debilitating and healthcare is inaccessible. This is a moral tragedy that calls us to respond with Christ’s compassion and love.
Please help us support healthy mothers and healthy births by reaching out to your Members of Congress and encouraging them to continue our investments in international family planning programs. These investments can drastically reduce the number of maternal deaths and help create thriving communities.
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As a United Methodist and a constituent, I am writing to urge you to support increased funding for international family planning in the Fiscal Year 2014 budget.
Investing in family planning is both an issue of public health and morality. The United Methodist Church is a global denomination of more than 12 million members with an historic commitment to family planning and ensuring the health of women and children. Our Social Principles affirm the right of all people “to have access to comprehensive reproductive health/family planning information and services which will serve as a means to prevent unplanned pregnancies, reduce abortion, and prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS.”
As a person of faith, I am deeply troubled by the alarming rates of maternal and child mortality around the globe. Every two minutes a woman dies from complications during pregnancy or childbirth—a total of more 287,000 women per year, most of whom live in the developing world. More than 222 million worldwide would like to prevent pregnancy but have no access to modern contraceptive services. By meeting this need, women and men would be empowered to make healthy decisions about the timing and spacing of their children, and the lives of both women and children would be saved.
As you make decisions about U.S. foreign assistance, I urge you to increase spending for international family planning for FY2014.