Member meetup in Fort Wayne, Indiana

Congressional District Leader Jessica Gunn shares her Advocacy in Action experience in her home state of Indian.

Our first Advocacy in Action event in Fort Wayne, Indiana, was both fun and rewarding! Co-Congressional District Leader (CDL) Johnna Miller and I were joined by fellow ONE members at our local Ruby Tuesday to talk about ONE and our efforts. The manager at Ruby Tuesday was very accommodating and gave us a larger table, where we set up our ONE bands and materials, so we were easy to spot. It was great meeting other local ONE members – Paul, Megan and Pat – as we began by sharing delicious appetizers and getting to know each other a bit better.

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Photo caption: Signing letters over happy hours. Photo credit: Jessica Gunn

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 Photo caption: An example of the letters to the senators. Photo credit: Jessica Gun

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Photo caption: Signing the letters. Photo credit: Jessica Gunn

We then talked about ONE and our current objectives, as well as the state of the International Affairs Budget and some of the programs it funds. Although international affairs is less than 1 percent of the federal budget, it supports crucial programs such as Feed the Future, GAVI, the Global Fund and many more. After such a motivating info session, we busted out some pens and paper and wrote our senators, urging them to protect this vital funding and the precious lives it benefits. We had a very productive event. It was great to meet some new local advocates and I look forward to seeing everyone remain involved.

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