DHPE Members We Need Your Help! August is a primetime for grassroots engagement
Monday, August 13, 2012
DHPE Members We Need Your Help! August is a primetime for grassroots engagement. And here are the resources to take action:
This January core federal programs and services face indiscriminate, across-the-board cuts of 8.4 percent through "sequestration.” Such cuts will devastate medical and scientific research; education and job training; infrastructure; public safety and law enforcement; public health; weather monitoring and environmental protection; housing and social services; and international relations. Every day these programs support economic growth and strengthen the safety and security of every American in every state and community across the nation.
Without bipartisan action in Washington as many as 2 million jobs will be lost, and critical services will be eliminated. Members of Congress know what they need to do to stop prevent these cuts. They just haven't yet mustered the political will to work together and make tough decisions. It's time to let lawmakers know that balancing the budget takes a balanced approach—they can't and shouldn't do it by cutting essential jobs and services alone.
August is a primetime for grassroots engagement. So the NDD Summit Steering Committee has developed a new toolkit to help you help your grassroots make their voices heard, available onlne:
The toolkit includes:
- A short video presentation to help grassroots understand the current debate, and the consequences of inaction;
- Tips on participating in a "Town Halls,” writing editorials for local papers, and engaging lawmakers through social media; and
- Frequently asked questions about "sequestration.”
We encourage you to freely customize—with your priorities, examples, and logo/brand—and share these tools with your grassroots.
Members of Congress have heard from the experts, and they've heard from the 3,000 organizations that signed our "NDD” letter. But it's not enough. They need to hear from the people that matter most—their constituents.
Thank you for your help in this effort, and be sure to SPREAD THE WORD by forwarding this message throughout your networks.