Posts by: Liz McKenna

Guest post from Victoria Webbe, Scoville Fellow at the Truman Project.

According to President Obama, “Africa can be the world’s next major economic success story.” This bold prediction was included in the announcement of the new U.S. strategy for involvement in the region, the Presidential Policy Directive for sub-Saharan Africa (PPD).

The optimism of [...]

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Earlier this week, an op-ed appearing in the Argus Leader, South Dakota State Senator and Truman Partner Angie Buhl explained why international development is important to all of us, even her hometown of Sioux Falls in  in South Dakota. As Senator Buhl says,

“Even in Sioux Falls, we know that after-school programs for kids [...]

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Yesterday, the House Appropriations Subcommittee on State Foreign Operations approved the FY 2013 bill that would slash international development and foreign aid funding. And well, we can’t say we are surprised. Given Congressman Paul Ryan’s budget proposal released in February and the appropriations just last week, it was only a matter of time before [...]

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Originally posted on May 4, 2012 on the ONE Campaign’s Blog.

Janessa Goldbeck from the Make US Strong campaign reports on her 4,200-mile trip across the country:

Three months ago, I set off from San Diego on what felt like the world’s heaviest bicycle with [...]

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In an op-ed appearing in The Atlanta Patch today, Georgia State Representative Scott Holcomb (GA-82) makes the case that international development is a vital tool in keeping America safe.

There’s a time-honored saying that any state legislator knows well: “All politics is local.” It remains true today. As a community, we need to [...]

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So long, Tallahassee!

On April 9, 2012 By

Great event last week – check out some photos below!

 Mayor John Marks & I post event.

 Representative Alan Williams addressing the crowd.

 Leon County At-Large Commissioner Akin Akinyemi asking me about how we can change the way some Americans think about international development.

And, here I am!

 Great crowd – students, veterans, electeds, and [...]

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Last week, Representative Paul Ryan and 227 of his colleagues in the House of Representatives voted to slash critical funding – international development and diplomacy programs – that keeps America safe.

Watch Janessa Goldbeck explain above how important international development is to America’s security, and sign the Make US Strong Petition to tell Congress development [...]

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Janessa just left her Make US Strong event at Tulane University where she met with local veterans, students, and professors.  Up next?  Janessa’s bringing the Make US Strong campaign to Senator Mary Landrieu’s office.  Stay tuned for meeting details…


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This morning, we learned some disturbing new details about House Budget Committee Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan’s (R-WI) FY2013 budget proposal. While yesterday’s releases left out any information about critical national security tools like international development and diplomacy, today we see that he would recklessly slash those programs.

Cutting International Affairs funding would [...]

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Today, House Budget Committee Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) laid out his proposal for the FY2013 budget. He was ardent about making sure the Department of Defense has the resources it needs to keep America safe, a principle we fully support.

However, one important piece of the budget that Ryan did not talk about, was our [...]

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