Bread for the World Campaign Encourages Christians to Use their Voice During Election Season
Washington, DC, October 24, 2012
Bread for the World is launching a multifaceted campaign in Colorado and Florida to encourage Christians to engage in advocacy. With the help of the Eleison Group, Bread for the World is unveiling a series of Christian radio spots in both states. The campaign also includes sending email messages to more than 10 million Christian voters, urging them to ask President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney to make eliminating hunger and poverty a priority during their campaigns.
“The book of Proverbs calls on leaders to ‘speak out, judge righteously, defend the rights of the poor and needy’ (31:9),” said Rev. David Beckmann, president of Bread for the World. “Regardless of which candidate we support, Christians are called to be a voice for struggling families and to hold our leaders accountable for their responsibilities toward the least of these.”
The radio advertisements feature clergy from Colorado and Florida, Pastor Rick Schmitz and Rev. Libby Shannon, respectively. The ads urge people of faith to use their voices to help protect programs that assist hungry and poor people from potentially dangerous budget cuts—issues that were largely ignored during the presidential debates.
The deficit-reduction proposals Congress is considering could result in severe cuts to programs for hungry and poor people here in the United States and abroad. Recently, faith leaders from the Circle of Protection obtained exclusive videos featuring President Barack Obama’s and Governor Mitt Romney’s views on hunger and poverty. The Circle of Protection comprises more than 65 heads of denominations, relief and development agencies, and other Christian organizations.
The email messages call on Christians to watch the videos and sign a petition asking the candidates to address poverty in their campaigns. To date, more than a million Christians have responded to the email messages and nearly 75,000 have watched the videos.
“There is so much at stake for hungry and poor people this election season, but hunger and poverty were rarely discussed during the three presidential debates,” said Rev. Gary Cook, director of Church Relations at Bread for the World. “People of faith have an enormous opportunity to use the power of their voice to ensure struggling families are not left out of important decisions about our nation’s economic future.”
For more than a year, leaders of various Christian denominations and agencies have come together to advocate for a circle of protection around funding for programs that are vital to vulnerable people in the United States and around the world.
Bread for the World is a collective Christian voice urging our nation's decision makers to end hunger at home and abroad.
Fito Moreno, Interim Media Relations Manager, 202-688-1138