TIME IS RUNNING OUT FOR U.S. AID TO AFRICA
by Jennifer Davis, American Committee on Africa
New York, New York, United States
July 5, 1996
American Committee on Africa
The mailing says a final Congressional vote on U.S. aid to Africa could be only days away; the House of Representatives has already voted to eliminate the Development Fund For Africa which guarantees Africa at least a small share of the aid budget; the Senate vote could come as early as the week of July 16. The mailing says without this, money for Africa, the world's poorest continent, can too easily be diverted to other regions; if Communists threaten a come-back in Eastern Europe or the Mid-East peace process is in danger, any administration could be pressured to rush in additional funds at Africa's expense; this is why it is so critical that Congress officially earmark aid for Africa. The mailing says every Senator needs to hear from his or her constituents in the next few days about aid to Africa; we need to send the message that development aid must be earmarked especially for Africa just as it is for Eastern Europe and the Mid-East. The mailing says U.S. aid to Africa is helping people build a brighter future; this year 45,000 South Africa families will have basic water and sanitation; thousands of children in Uganda and Malawi are going to school for the first time; U.S. aid inoculates children against deadly diseases, and provides rural families with health clinics and clean drinking water; if U.S. development aid is abolished or diverted, people throughout Africa will suffer or even die. The mailing says we have been straining our limited resources to get this message to the Senate: ACOA is mobilizing women's organizations to protect aid programs for women and children; State and municipal legislators are contacting their Senators on aid; We are reaching out to church, civil rights and community leaders across the country. The mailing says although aid has been our top priority we have also been busy on other fronts: * Our ecumenical Religious Action Network of congregations from coast to coast is working on behalf of political prisoners in Nigeria. * We are building links between women in the U.S. and southern Africa. * We are developing plans to make Africa an issue in the presidential election. The mailing says only your help makes all this possible; that's why I'm turning to you today to ask you to contribute as generously as you possible can.
Used by permission Africa Action (successor to the American Committee on Africa).
Collection: William Minter Southern Africa Papers