January 28, 2005

January 28, 2004

Dear [Senators/Representatives],

We, the undersigned, are writing to express our support for United States Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist's statement that it is the responsibility of the United States government to ensure that all federally funded abstinence-only...

December 31, 2004

The National Adult Literacy Survey defines literacy as “using printed and written information to function in society.” A 1992 NALS study shows that around 23 percent of adult Americans are functionally illiterate, reading at or below a fifth-grade level. An additional 28 percent, about 50...

December 31, 2004

As a child, Elizabeth Lancer spent eight years in France with her family. She and her sister lived their lives in French, speaking it at home and at school. But when they returned to the United States, they experienced a frustrating form of culture shock.

“When we came back to the...

July 13, 2004


July 13, 2004

Dear Senator/Representative:

As organizations in the faith community, we call on Members of Congress to complete action on a reauthorization of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF). This important...

May 28, 2004

May 13, 2004

Dear Colleague:

Please join me in signing the attached letter to Senator McConnell and Senator Leahy urging them to include $250 million in the FY 2005 Foreign Operations appropriations bill to support the elimination of school fees in the poorest nations on...

May 27, 2004

Lack of universal access to primary education is one of the most significant threats to the future of the developing world. According to a new report by Oxfam International, universal education is "the single most effective preventive weapon against HIV/AIDS." Moreover, education is essential...

May 7, 2004

Ten years ago, the nations of the world came together in Cairo, Egypt and established a plan-of-action to ensure access to education, health care, family planning, and a clean environment for all the world’s citizens. Central to the commitment established in Cairo was a recognition of the...

April 30, 2004

THE REV. MacDONALD JEAN, senior priest in the Episcopal Church of Haiti and a member of the Conseil des Sages (Council of Wise Ones) that selected the new interim government of Haiti, spoke of politics, hope and gratitude during an interview with Nan Cobbey in Port-au-Prince. The full text of...

March 28, 2004

In February we wrote asking you to support the Snoweflake Campaign – an effort to add $6 billion in child care funding to the bill reauthorizing welfare – known as Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF). This bill is now expected to be on the Senate floor as soon as March 30. We are...

March 10, 2004



Global AIDS Pandemic:In its 2005 Budget the White House includes $2.8 billion to fight HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria, $200 million of which is for the Global AIDS...