I spent yesterday morning in league with RESULTS, Bread for the World, and the Soroptomists (4 of us in all) doing MDG advocacy with two of Sentator Reid's aides. Today, I was at a large meeting at Mandalay Bay hosted by Senator Reid to discuss ARRA (American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009) aka the stimulus package.
I am not used to all this political stuff, don't know how to act -- can't tell if I'm supposed to be Nathan or Richilieu. Actually though, the Senator's staff were a class act. They knew their facts -- both the underlying facts of the situations and the political realities of what can and cannot be achieved this year. I felt heard and understood.
There were a lot of administation people from various departments and agencies today. It was a bit of information overload. Clearly a shotgun approach to the stimulus. I hope some good will come of it. We have some folks whose lives are severely impacted by this economic crunch. I plan to pass on some of what I heard to folks in the diocese who might be able to make good use of it. I am particularly interested in several programs that make money available to First Nations reservations.