Hundreds of Christian Activists to Meet with Members of Congress in June
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Washington, DC, May 12, 2011
Bread for the World is equipping Christians for advocacy as Congress considers budget cuts and a credit limit that could drastically impact hungry and poor people. Under the theme “Changing the Politics of Hunger,” hundreds of activists will come to Bread’s National Gathering 2011 to learn how to voice the issues they care about to Congress.
“Hunger is not caused by a lack of food, but by the politics that govern who is provided for and who is not,” said Rev. David Beckmann, president of Bread for the World. “I believe God is calling us to change the politics that render our neighbors—whether next door or on the next continent—hungry. National Gathering 2011 is a great opportunity for Christian activists to learn how to talk to their lawmakers about this issue and influence lasting change for people all over the world.”
National Gathering 2011 will be held at American University in Washington, DC, June 11-14, 2011. The event features plenary sessions, workshops, and worship services geared toward “Changing the Politics of Hunger.” The event will culminate on June 14 with Lobby Day, where attendees will meet with their members of Congress and have an opportunity to test their advocacy skills.
The proposed debt ceiling and extreme cuts to non-defense discretionary spending will impact hungry and poor people, as programs that support them stand to be eliminated or drastically altered. Bread for the World urges lawmakers to negotiate a responsible budget that includes cuts in spending as well as increases in revenues, helping to reduce the deficit while also protecting programs for hungry and poor people.
“Lobby Day provides all of us with a great opportunity to tell our lawmakers we care about hungry and poor people,” said Rev. Beckmann. “We must remind Congress that hungry and poor people did not create the deficit, so cuts to programs that support them are both unwarranted and will not help to reduce it.”
National Gathering 2011 participants also will hear from world-renowned preachers, high-level government officials, members of Congress, development and nutrition experts, and journalists. Confirmed presenters include New York Times food columnist Mark Bittman, Rev. Gabriel Salguero, president and founder of the National Latino Evangelical Coalition, Ched Myers of Bartimaeus Cooperative Ministries, 2010 World Food Prize laureate David Beckmann, and the Watoto Children’s Choir of Uganda.
Click here to learn more about Bread for the World’s National Gathering 2011.
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