February 24, 2009

Call for immediate debt cancellation for Haiti!

Haiti Needs You: Make A Call for Haiti Today!

Please call your US Representative TODAY and urge him/her to sign on to the Congressional letter to World Bank President Zoellick calling for immediate debt cancellation for Haiti.

59 Representatives have already signed (Click here to see). Let's get 10 more in the next two days!
1. Dial the Capitol Switchboard – 202-224- 3121. Ask to be connected with your Representative’s office. (http://www.house.gov/).

2. You will be connected with the receptionist. As to speak to the staff person who handles international issues.

3. Whether you speak to the staffer in person, or just leave a message on his/her voicemail, here’s what to say:

“My name is ___________ and I am a constituent from __(your city)___. I am calling to ask that Representative ___________ sign Rep Waters’ letter calling on World Bank President Zoellick (sell – lick) to cancel Haiti’s debt. Haiti should be freed to use its resources for education and health care rather than debt repayment. To sign the letter, contact Kathleen Sengstock in Rep. Waters office”

4. If you are speaking to the staff person be sure to thank them for their time and ask whether they think that the Representative will sign the letter.

5. Let Jubilee know the results of your call, by emailing mimi(at)jubileeusa.org.

The deadline for signatures is 12pm on Wednesday, February 25th, so please act now!

Haiti is scheduled to pay $1.6 million/month in debt payments over the coming six months -- $10 million—to the World Bank. The InterAmerican Development Bank has reached an agreement to suspend most of Haiti’s debt payments in this time of crisis. The World Bank needs to do the same.

Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA), Rep. Spencer Bachus (R-AL), and Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) have written a letter to World Bank President Robert Zoellick, urging him to suspend all further debt service payments from Haiti and grant the nation complete debt cancellation. Rep. Waters is asking her colleagues in the House of Representatives to join her by signing the letter. The more Representatives who sign on to the letter, the stronger the message to World Bank President Zoellick – cancel Haiti’s debt and allow the Haitian government to focus on the needs of its people.

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