By Jackson Dooling, NFTY-SW Social Action Vice President
Advocacy is a word that gets thrown around a lot. It’s something that most of us have heard in some sort of discussion about social action. But what is advocacy and why is it important? In every situation, we can choose to advocate for a cause. This can be done in many ways. Educating others, speaking out in support of an issue, and encouraging policymakers to support a specific cause are just a few examples. The key to advocacy is speaking up. The more we can educate and inform, the more work we can accomplish.
Our political representatives write the policies and laws for our country. It’s our job to show them that we care deeply about certain issues, and advocate for them. With malaria prevention in particular, the help of the government is indispensable. We must let our policymakers and representatives know that we support this work and encourage them to fund and invest in life-saving programs like the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. With our support, we can help ensure that the funding for these programs continues.
In 2005, the PMI was launched to help save lives around the world from this preventable and curable disease. Though it was originally only a five year plan, it was so successful that it was expanded through 2013. When the PMI began, a child died from malaria every 30 seconds, and now, thanks to these types of programs, it’s now every 60 seconds. Our work is far from over, though. We must continue to urge our representatives in Congress to remain strong in the fight against malaria and to continue funding the PMI at $680 million and $1.65 billion for the Global Fund to Fight Aids, Tuberculosis and Malaria. With your help, we can eradicate malaria.
While contacting your members of Congress may seem like a lot of work, the Religious Action Center has made it quick and easy. By taking two minutes out of your day, you can help save countless lives. Click here to view a letter that has been already been written so that you can show your support quickly and easily. All you have to do is fill out your contact information. Feel free to personalize the letter and make it your own! Can NFTY send 100 letters to Congress before the end of the month?