Fwd: Call Your Senator Today to Say 'No Child Soldiers'

From: Suzanne A.
Sent on: Friday, July 13, 2007 1:27 PM
I've never sent a message out to the meet-up before, so I hope this is how I do it!?  Anywho, sorry to those of you already on World Vision's list serv, but for everyone else today is a Senate call-in day to support the Child Soldier Prevention Act of 2007.  Our recent meet-up on child soldiers was so powerful and informative and strongly encouraged me to want to do something about it.  Well here's how we can do that!
Happy calling,

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From: World Vision <[address removed]>
Date: Jul 13,[masked]:40 PM
Subject: Call Your Senator Today to Say 'No Child Soldiers'
To: [address removed]

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Dear Friend,

I am contacting you today because your senator can help us curb the number of children exploited as "child soldiers" around the world.

Here are the facts: About 250,000 children are used in conflict situations around the world, mostly by rebel groups. However, the U.S. Department of State reports that nine foreign governments also are using children in conflict situations. Notably, the U.S. government provides military assistance to eight of these nine countries. This military assistance ranges from training to millions of dollars worth of weapons.

However, a bill recently introduced in the U.S. Senate would put restrictions on U.S. military
Around the world, some 250,000 children are used in conflict situations, mostly by rebel groups. Call your senator today and ask him or her to co-sponsor the Child Soldier Prevention Act of 2007.
(c) May 2005, Jon Warren/World Vision

assistance for governments that use child soldiers. The Child Soldier Prevention Act of 2007 (s. 1175) is already co-sponsored by more than a dozen U.S. senators, including both Republicans and Democrats. Still, additional co-sponsors are needed in order for this bill to be passed.

Today has been established as a national call-in day to fight the use of child soldiers. This call-in day is being supported by World Vision and a number of other nongovernmental organizations.

Join us as we advocate for an end to child soldier use. Help us ensure that U.S. taxpayer dollars are not used to finance the exploitation of children in armed conflict.

We provide you with a short script and the phone number of your senator's office. Calls to Senate offices are usually taken by receptionists who briefly note the topic of your call. You will not be asked for detailed information! Please use our call log to let us know when you made the call.

Your voice is powerful! Thank you for partnering with us as we advocate for children around the world.

God bless,

Rich Stearns
President, World Vision U.S.
World Vision is a Christian humanitarian organization dedicated to working with children, families, and their communities worldwide to reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice.

Last year, 87 percent of World Vision's total revenue went to programs that benefit children, families, and communities in need.
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