Hunger and Elections 2008

>> The Global Hunger Crisis And Elections 2008

This site, developed by the Christian humanitarian/advocacy organization Bread for the World, has a lot of extremely useful information about the upcoming US federal election on its website right now.  In addition to general information about why elections matter, you can take a closer look at some key issues (the global hunger crisis, the Millennium Development Goals, poverty-focused development assistance, trade and agriculture, foreign assistance reform, ending hunger in the United States, moving out of poverty in the United States).  A nifty elections map contains answers about anti-hunger and poverty policy posed to all the candidates currently running for US Senate (though not all have responded to the questionnaire, as of yet).

These are some very good resources designed to facilitate informed voting.  We need to care about what our political leaders think and do about the world’s most pressing problems.  Potentially millions of lives depend on US policy on issues like global hunger, poverty, and disease.*  Those people have no say in American elections: it is up to those who do have a voice in this election to use it on behalf of people around the world whose lives and wellbeing may hinge on the results of this election.  That’s the reality of politics within a superpower.  Votes matter — and not just to the people who cast them.

 
*  Poverty, hunger, and AIDS are, of course, all tied up together.  Poor nutrition, for example, is damaging to health in general; it can also make it difficult or impossible for people living with HIV/AIDS to take the antiretroviral medications that drastically improve survival and quality of life.

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~ by h.e.g. on September 11, 2008.

2 Responses to “Hunger and Elections 2008”

  1. Great post! I’m glad you found these resources helpful. You may also want to read a recent poll about voters perspectives on hunger. http://www.alliancetoendhunger.org/building-political-will/hunger-message-project/index.html

  2. Thanks so much for the link, Holly! I just added a post discussion that poll here: https://faithandaids.wordpress.com/2008/09/16/what-american-voters-think-about-hunger/

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