Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Advocates: Know the Congressional Challenges Ahead - Reaffirm the SAVE for All Campaign

Add Your Organization to the Coalition on Human Needs’ Letter to the New Administration and Congress Reaffirming the Principles and Priorities of the Strengthening America’s Values and Economy (SAVE) for All Campaign

The Coalition on Human Needs and hundreds of national, state, and local organizations are part of the Strengthening America’s Values and Economy (SAVE) for All Campaign.

SAVE for All agrees on four guiding principles- that federal priorities must (1) protect and assist low-income and vulnerable people; (2) invest in broadly shared economic growth and jobs; (3) increase revenues from fair sources; and (4) seek savings from reducing waste in the Pentagon and elsewhere.

This campaign is currently circulating a sign-on letter for organizations addressed to the incoming Administration and Congress. There is also a petition for individuals to sign.

The letter (pdf) in part reads:

“We call upon you to make investments of proven effectiveness in order to fulfill this promise, and to reject policies and language that demean and discriminate against race, gender, immigrant status, disability or religion... We also call upon you to make the economy work for all by investing in our infrastructure and our people. We must invest in the work of rebuilding public housing and schools, roads, water systems, and public transit that protect health and safety and meet the needs of a modern economy. Further, we should give priority to low-income communities most in need, including communities of color, and hire from those communities... We strongly urge you to choose shared prosperity and fairness and to reject cuts that leave millions of Americans behind. We stand ready to support actions consistent with the SAVE for All principles and to oppose proposals that worsen inequality and harm low-income people.”

Organizations that should consider signing include (but are not limited to):       

  • Churches/Congregations/Synagogues/Mosques

  • Local Community Organizations/PTAs/Community Action Agencies

  • Service Provider Organizations (food banks, shelters, clinics, housing authorities, health centers, childcare providers, etc.)

  • Local and State Advocacy Organizations (civil rights groups, children’s rights groups, etc)

  • Local Chambers of Commerce, Businesses and Charitable Organizations

To read and sign the group letter and/or individual petition, click here (you then choose the appropriate option for you - organization or individual).

 ***Please forward this email to your networks, partners, and other interested parties.***

The deadline for this sign-on letter is January 5th, 2017.