An Urgent Plea
Original post made by Cheryl Cook-Kallio, Jensen Tract, on Nov 20, 2010
Dear Friends of Education and Democracy,
There is a movement to pass an amendment that would stop funding for (and therefore eliminate) programs that promote civic education as well as other programs that promote a sound educational foundation. As you all know education is a prerequisite for democracy and it is in our power to stop this. It is imperative that as Californians, we contact the offices of Senator Feinstein and Senator Boxer and let them know that we want them to vote NO on the Coburn amendment.
Many of you know the impact the We the People has had on thousands of students in this area. This is not an earmark. It is available to every congressional district in the country. Please call and email our senators before Monday afternoon and tell them to vote NO on the Coburn amendment. If you have contacts outside the state please feel free to copy any portion of this email and ask them to do the same in their states.
This will take just a few minutes of your time. It will have a profound impact on our children.
Thank you for your prompt attention to this.
We the People Coach
Pleasanton City Council
(202) 224-3553 Web Form: boxer.senate.gov/en/contact/
202) 224-3841 Web Form: feinstein.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=ContactU...
On Monday, November 22, Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) will introduce an amendment to ban earmarks in FY11, FY12, and FY13 for the following programs - the Center for Civic Education's We the People and other programs, Teach for America, National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, Close Up, Communities in Schools, VSA, National Writing Project, Project GRAD, National History Day, Reach Out and Read, Reading Is Fundamental, and New Leaders for New Schools.
Without delay, please call both your Senators' offices and ask to speak with the education appropriations staff person. Identify yourself as a constituent. Urge the Senator to vote NO on the Coburn amendment. If you can't get the person on the phone leave a voice mail message. If you can't leave a voice mail message leave the message with the receptionist. To reach your Senate offices you can call the Capitol switchboard at 202-224-3121.
Also, send an email to the Senator's general email address which can be found on his or her website. You can get to your Senator's website through www.senate.gov. Urge the Senator to vote NO on the Coburn amendment.
Our friends in the Senate say if there is not enough opposition to this amendment on Monday it might pass and the above programs will be eliminated. Your help is crucial. Also, please ask family, friends, and as many other supporters of the program as you can to help.