An important part of the work we do here at Franciscan Action Network is build relationships. Many times, those relationships support one another in the form of signatures on letters either supporting or opposing legislation that is currently up for votes in our Congress. Recently, two letters came to us from organizations we have worked with on various issues.
First, a letter to all members of Congress urged swift passage of the Voting Rights Amendment Act of 2014 (HR 3899/S 1945) was signed by 86 organizations including Franciscan Action Network and several institutional member organizations. While voting rights is not a key FAN issue, it is about human rights, especially for poor people, and has become a matter of great concern for our country.
FAN also signed onto a letter to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) at the White House to urge an increase in funding for programs addressing international violent conflicts. The letter was initiated by the Prevention and Protection Working Group (PPWG), which for 7 years has advocated to strengthen the U.S. government’s structural capacities and funding for prevention of violent conflict and mass atrocities, and protection of civilians in these crises.While funding for prevention does exist, it is inadequate to help prevent another mass atrocity such as the Rwandan genocide 20 years ago and the crisis in the Democratic Republic of the Congo which has taken 5.4 million lives during the past 20 years and continues today.
Copies of each of the letters are posted as follows:
VRAA = Voting Rights Amendment Act
PPWG = Prevention and Protection Working Group