WANTED: Community Organizers
Objective: Using the internet as a primary communication tool, coordinate a multi-state event on the Day of UMOJA, December 26, 2010. 2) Through this coordinated effort, gain the attention of Organizing for America and request, through a letter campaign, President Barack Obama mention ending child hunger at the 2011 State of the Union. 3) Ask the 157 House of Representative members who voted against feeding America’s children a simple question: WHY?
Vision: Thanks to INTENSE lobbying on the part of First Lady Michelle Obama, on December 2, 2010, Congress ended a 7 month fight to provide $4.5 billion towards the feeding of 16.7 million hungry American children. It is called S. 3307, The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kid’s Act. It passed in the Senate by unanimous consent, then stumbled through the House, receiving 157 “NO” votes.
It is completely unacceptable that 157 persons who claim to represent our best interest chose to vote against feeding American children. After all, this is crucial – necessary – funding in a Recession that ensures our children remain fed at SCHOOLS struggling to educate children from a severely eroded property tax base. In support of our children, By 2015: AMERICA proposes a grassroots movement to inspire President Barack Obama to mention “ending child hunger by 2015” at the 2011 State of the Union Address.
Towards this end, we are planning an ACTION in Anchorage, Alaska on December 26, 2010 – the first day of Kwanzaa, called UMOJA or UNITY. We are inviting COMMUNITY ORGANIZERS in other states to please contact us and join in. Through SKYPE, cell phones, email and social networking sites, we believe that it is possible to communicate our passion to see our children fed to the President and First Lady of the United States of America. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to become an organizer.
Should you choose to accept this mission, you initial tasks are:
- Between Monday, 12/6 and Friday, 12/10, 2010 find a sponsoring agent for a Kwanzaa celebration or organize one at a church or community center which operates with the heart of the people in mind.
- Connect with the nearest branch of Organizing for America and ask them to support getting our message to the President. If not, find a friendly Senator or Representatives. (We will help you do this.)
- Contact your nearest Food Bank and ask if anyone on staff specializes in Child Nutrition. They should know all the ends and outs of how to administer the program. (This is a potential speaker at the UMOJA event and valuable source of organizing talent.)
- Contact a media source: newspaper or local tv reporter/station, who will agree to cover the event.
Since, this can get very overwhelming quickly, establish a team of persons, whom you trust, to assist you in achieving the goal. We in Alaska are OPEN to assisting you. Join this Movement! Our children are counting on us.
I, and 16.7 million children, thank you for reading these few words and being moved, in your heart, to ACT!
Lead Coordinator – Anchorage, Alaska