Next Monday, June 11, join us for a call-in day to ask Congress for their support on important World Vision issues. There are six — yes, six! — pieces of legislation that we’re asking you to call about. Use this quiz to choose the bill or act that best fits your interests… or make a call about as many of them as you want! The most important thing is that you make the call. If these bills don’t pass this session, they will die in Congress. These issues are critical now and can’t afford to wait.
It only takes 10 phone calls in one day on an issue to get a member of Congress’ attention. By being a part of our call-in day, your impact multiplies with everyone who takes action. Your influence is valuable — so make it count! Sign up below, and read on to find out more about the six pieces of legislation you can be calling about.
Tips for making a call
Here are some tips for calling Congress taken from our “Talking to Congress” blog series:
- A phone call can be quick, often taking less than one minute from dialing to hanging up.
- You can read off of a script.
- If you really do not want to talk to someone, call in the evening – you can leave a voicemail and it will be counted the same.
- Be polite. Staffers speak to hundreds of people a day, many who are angry, and many who are rude. Your kindness will be appreciated.
- If you would like, you can always ask for follow-up.
Sign up and on Monday, June 11, we will send you a reminder email to call your members of Congress. Fill in your information here, then learn more about the issues — and take our quiz to find out which one you should call about — below.
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Learn more about the issues
These are the six pieces of legislation most critical right now. Read more about them, and take our quiz to find out which one you might be most passionate about!
End hunger: The original Global Food Security Act, signed into law on July 20, 2016, created a unified U.S. government strategy to help fight global hunger through support of the Feed the Future initiative. Now, this bill is up for renewal. The Global Food Security Reauthorization Act (H.R. 5129, S. 2269) can help the nearly 815 million people around the world who don’t have enough food to eat each day.
Stop violence: The International Violence Against Women Act (S. 2120) aims to take effective action to prevent and respond to violence against women and girls around the world as a matter of basic human rights.
Save lives: The Reach Every Mother and Child Act (S. 1730, H.R. 4022) will help implement a more efficient, sustainable approach for saving the lives of moms and children. In turn, more children will be granted environments where they are protected, where families have a greater chance of being lifted out of poverty, and where they can live a childhood free from exploitation and violence.
Support education: The Protecting Girls’ Access to Education Act (H.R. 2408, S. 1580) is bipartisan legislation that, if passed, will prioritize access to primary and secondary education for displaced children, specifically girls.
Fight trafficking: Originally passed in 200, the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA, H.R. 2200, S. 1848) is the United States’ foundation to fight human trafficking domestically and abroad – and will expire soon. Now it’s time for this important bill to be reauthorized again in order for the U.S. to continue to take a stand on this critical issue. (The TVPA is designed to be reauthorized to keep up with the evolving strategies and tactics of human traffickers.)
Reduce conflict and fragility: Conflict and violence currently drive 80 percent of humanitarian needs and instability. They’re the main drivers behind the forcible displacement of an unprecedented 66 million people globally, surpassing natural disasters for the first time in history. The Global Fragility and Violence Reduction Act of 2018 (H.R. 5273) will strengthen the capacity of the United States to address root causes of violence and fragility.
Photo: Valentine Uwingabire uses World Vision’s eHinga (or eCultivation) smartphone app to learn how to best cultivate her Irish potato crops in Nyaruguru, Rwanda. ©2016 World Vision/ photo by Eugene Lee