• Petitioned USAID and the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations

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The Senate Committee on Foreign Relations
USAID and the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations

Embrace an alternative to capitalism founded on Love and Respect

    1. Jeff Mowatt
    2. Petition by

      Jeff Mowatt

      Parkend, United Kingdom

In October 2011, Dr Rajiv Shah spoke of the need for USAID to embrace an Enlightened Capitalism.by "helping support the work of markets that can deliver profits and create jobs and deliver economic opportunity for women, minorities and the poor."

It was the same call made to USAID and the Committee on Foreign Relations four years ago in February 2008 when my colleague Terry Hallman called for support in "establishing an alternative form of capitalism, where profits and/or aid money are put to use in investment vehicles with the singular purpose of helping the world's poorest and most vulnerable people"

It came in a fax which described RICO activities in which disabled children had become means for organised crime to profit and where children often died through neglect.

This was the primary focus of our project which at that time had persuaded the government of Ukraine to pledge 400+ rehab centres for these disabled children and we'd applied to an USAID small grant program for investment in the first of these. The response was to say that USAID did not have sufficient funds to deal with the problems of this group of 'retarded children'.

The project goes back to 2006 when in his article 'Death Camps, For Children' my colleague Terry Hallman described conditions at an institution in Torez. Last year, the Sunday Times on discovering Torez had concluded: "If by our deliberate blindness, children are allowed to suffer such depravities then, by our inaction, we are all guilty."

This was the primary focus in a proposal from 2006, setting out a strategy plan for social enterprise and a social investment fund. The proposal pointed out that for what was then being spent in Iraq, 1.5 billion dollars each week, the project could be adequately funded over 5 years .

In 2010, USAID and The British Council who had both been approached for support in this work determined to create their own social enterprise initiative, albeit without the social objectives we'd set out. We subsequently applied to become partners, to be disregarded.

In August 2011, Terry Hallman died, unable to fund the medical treatment which may have saved his life. His death gave the opportunity to reveal the full scope of his actions.including his call on the Senate which ended:

"Thank you for your time and attention to this. I and others will look forward to hearing from you. I hope we continue to realize ever more fully that outside the box and inside the box have only a box in the way. We outside the box know quite a bit of what's going on, many times in exquisite detail, perhaps in ways that those inside the box can't quite as easily access if at all. We are grossly underfunded in favor of missiles, bombs, and ordnance, which is about 100% backwards. Now, with even the US Pentagon stating that they've learned their lesson in Iraq and realize (so says top US general in Iraq ten days or so ago) that winning hearts and minds is the best option, I and others shall continue to think positive and look for aid budgets and funding spigots to be opened much more for people and NGOs in silos, foxholes and trenches, insisting on better than ordnance, and who understand things and how to fix them. We can do that. We can even do it cost-effectively and with far better efficiency than the ordnance route. Welcome to our brave new world. Except it's not so new: learn to love and respect each other first, especially the weakest, most defenseless, most voiceless among us, then figure out the rest. There aren't other more important things to do first. This message has been around for at least two thousand years. How difficult is it for us to understand?"

We want an alternative to capitalism, but it's not by any stretch of the imagination one in which vulnerable children and those who speak out for them are brushed under the carpet. Neither do we want a capitalism which hijacks and dilutes social purpose to accommodate the will of moguls

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Reached 25 signatures
    2. Tymoshenko: Speak out loudly and clearly about human rights in Ukraine

      Jeff Mowatt
      Petition Organizer

      As the daughter of the imprisoned PM calls on the US Senate, there is news of progress from speaking out.

    3. The Childen in Families Initiative

      Jeff Mowatt
      Petition Organizer

      Progress in an economy of love and respect which the instigator did not live to see.

    4. Meeting the corporates

      Jeff Mowatt
      Petition Organizer

      In response to his blog on the marriage between corporates and social enterprise, I relate to David Lloyd how both private and public money from the UK is being used to undermine our cause and as a consequence, prolong the misery of the children which USAID cannot afford to help.

    5. Reached 10 signatures
    6. Campaign updated with video of Torez from His Kids Too

      Jeff Mowatt
      Petition Organizer

      Thanks all for your support. These are Images from Torez, the location described in the 2006 article 'Death Camps, For Children', and described in the fax of February 2008 to USAID, The Senate Committee on Foreign Relations and others.

    7. Reached 5 signatures

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    Reasons for signing

    • Gaillard Lee Johnson SNOQUALMIE, WA
      • over 2 years ago

      The goal of helping those in need via a voice to shout their oppression should extend to all creatures, not just humans. Animals are killed everyday for a ugly lie that has been spread through the years; that men must die for military objectives, and animals for food. As Terry so compassionately noted in 8/2011, that 2000 years ago we were given simple 'rules' by which to live via compassionate, and it was swept under the rug in favor of a system of death instead. The message is simple, which is that as a species born out of the miracle of the known universe, that we are responsible to use this gift wisely and compassionately, and that our works should be about mercy, not sacrifice, sharing not greed and capitalism. The universe was freely given to us, with no money expected, and sharing the resources that make it up to allow all creatures, great and small to exist in harmony and peace with its world, is the whole of the law, and its sad that somehow, as a species, we missed the memo from so long ago, but its back now, so lets embrace it with open arms and allow it to propel us forward in love and compassionate for all. Man shall not live by bread alone, but yes, love shall replace capitalism, and rightfully give a voice to everyone and let us all share the precious resources that god so lovingly provided.

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    • robin smith LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
      • over 2 years ago

      make a positive difference, drive a positive change

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    • Oliver Hirsig BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA
      • over 2 years ago

      We are all in this together!

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    • vanessa bradshaw ELY, UNITED KINGDOM
      • over 2 years ago

      BECAUSE I CARE AND I HAVE HUGE CONCERN FOR PRESENT AND FUTURE GENERATIONS

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    • Alan Bowman BORDE HILL ESTATE, UNITED KINGDOM
      • over 2 years ago

      To support the need for change and the weakest in this world who have no voice unless we who should know better and want to see it speak up

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