Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Child Nutrition Bill

A message from Catholic Charities USA:

Congress is poised to make significant progress against child hunger and childhood obesity by increasing children's access to important programs. But Congress is running out of legislative calendar days to bring the Child Nutrition Bill to the floor and complete the reauthorization before it expires September 30.

If a Child Nutrition Bill is not passed this summer, millions of children will miss out on improved access to the nutritious food they need to grow and learn. Your voice is needed to demonstrate national support for completing a strong Child Nutrition Bill this year. Please contact your member of Congress today. Click here to take action.

Monday, July 26, 2010

TIP Report

The Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report for 2010 is available and well worth the time to peruse. For the first time, the US is included in the "tier" placements, which means that the US State Department is holding its own "feet to the fire" for the first time. Click here to view the site that allows you to see interactive maps and videos and to view the TIP Report in pdf format, should you choose to do that.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Remember Free Rice?

Remember when we heard about and we went to the site a few times a day to work toward donating rice through the UN Food Program? This site is still alive and well! Let's try to remember to click on it at least once a day. It could improve vocabulary or knowledge of geography, or a whole host of things!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Blue Planet Project

The "Blue Planet Project" is a global initiative working with partners around the world to achieve the goal of water justice, which is based on the right to water and the principles that water is a public trust and an important part of the common good. Click here to learn more and to send a message to the UN.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Ask President Obama to Follow Through on His Pledge

As you may know, the year 2015 is the deadline for the fulfillment of the Millennium Development Goals. So, how are we doing? Probably not as well as we could be. Click here to add your signature to the thousands of others asking President Obama to "make good" on his promise to lead the global effort to attain the MDGs by 2015.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Cardin-Lugar Transparency Amendment

Click here to read the press release indicating the passage of the Cardin-Lugar Transparency Amendment. Why is this important? Click here to read the blog explaining this. Essentially, the amendment makes it mandatory for all companies listed on the New York Stock Exchange to disclose what they pay foreign governments for extracting oil and gas or mining gold and diamonds. This helps to shed light on the finances of some of the corrupt governments that receive such payments but do not use the payments to help their people.