LTE: Advocate for global poverty

Guest Writer, Guest

Editor’s note: The following letter was submitted by senior public relations major Nicole Iradukunda, who works as a public relations and marketing intern for the Borgen Project.

Did you know that you can advocate for the world’s poor, one email and a 30-second phone call at a time?

In fact, advocacy is defined by Merriam-Webster as “the act or process of supporting a cause or proposal.”

To advocate for a certain cause it is important for the public to know how they can contact their senators and representatives. In fact, The Borgen Project action center makes it easy to find your representatives in Congress. Therefore, anyone can email their senators and representative in support of a bill.

For example, I believe that advocating for the world’s poor can end global poverty and the Borgen Project beliefs align with mine. In fact, The Borgen Project website has prewritten emails about bills and legislation that they are lobbying for. Those emails advocate for the world’s poor and communicate about life-saving legislation and effective poverty-reduction programs.

“Your email to Congress matters because Congressional staffers keep a tally of every issue that people in their district contact their leader about. This information goes into a weekly report that is viewed by the congressional leader and key staff. Just one email will get the issue or bill on your reader’s radar,” said The Borgen Project.

Congressional leaders often support poverty-reduction legislation when 7-10 people in their district contact them in support of it.

Here in Cedar Falls, Iowa, our representative is Abby Finkenauer and our senators are Sen. Chuck Grassley and Sen. Joni Ernst. I urge readers to contact their senator to support the passage of poverty-reduction legislations.