19 December 2006

Support the Jubilee Act! (BR)

With the new year will come a new Congress. With the new Congress will hopefully come a willingness, if not an enthusiasm, to embrace a new attitude of humaneness and charity for the less fortunate.

We can get off on the right foot by kicking our elected representatives in their asses -- metaphorically speaking -- and telling them to support the Jubilee Act when it is re-introduced by Reps. Maxine Waters (D-CA) and Spencer Bacchus (R-AL) early next year.

If passed, the Jubilee Act will cancel the $200 billion collectively owed to the United States by the poorest nations of Africa, the existence of which serves as a convenient excuse for the borderline and outright tyrants of the continent not to invest in their country's infrastructure, economy and health.

The American Friends Service Committee runs a clearinghouse of information on debt-forgiveness news, activism and outreach. There you can learn about the movement, and download a sample resolution, which can then be tailored and introduced to your local representatives and passed in your town, city, council district or state.


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12/21/2006 1:17 AM  
Blogger Station Agent said...

I'm down with a global jubilee. Or a student loan jubilee. Seriously, good post, this is definately something we need to fix.

12/21/2006 2:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

GREAT POST!!! I would LOVE to read a new one from you EVERY DAY.

12/21/2006 3:21 PM  
Anonymous JollyRoger said...

Or we could hand the debt to the Chinese, who would probably work out some decent terms for repayment. I am sure the Chinese would rather hold the African debt, since we all know how much those dollars they hold are really worth...

12/22/2006 4:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Brendan, come back. Do another post. Soon. Please?

12/27/2006 6:34 PM  

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