The following is a copy and paste of an e-mail I received from the Alliance for International Educational & Cultural Exchange (posted with permission):
It’s appropriations season again and in this intense budget climate, it is more important than ever that we raise our voice in support of State Department exchange funding.
The Alliance is currently working with Rep. Hank Johnson (D-GA)’s office to send a Congressional sign-on letter to House SFOPS appropriations subcommittee Chairwoman Granger and Ranking Member Lowey, asking for robust exchange program funding in FY 2015.
In a similar effort in 2012, we were able to obtain 52 Congressional signatures – our goal this year is to exceed that number!
And we need your help in gathering as many signatures for this letter as possible!
Please act today and send a letter to your Representative, urging him or her to sign Rep. Johnson’s letter in support of the highest possible funding level for State Department exchanges in FY 2015.
A pre-written letter is available here: http://capwiz.com/alliance-exchange/issues/alert/?alertid=63106071
You can send this letter as is, or better yet, strengthen its impact by personalizing it and demonstrating the local impact of exchanges in your home community. Please also call on your contacts – family, friends etc. – and ask them to write their Representatives as well.
You can learn more about the great work the Alliance for International Educational & Cultural Exchange is doing by visiting their website!