African Immigrants to US Congress: No Cuts to Health/Social Programs + Extend the Middle Class Tax Cuts
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African Immigrants to US Congress: No Cuts to Health/Social Programs + Extend the Middle Class Tax Cuts

    1. Petition by

      The National African Immigrants and Refugees Health Advocate Program (AIR Health)

Africans Get Fiscal (An Initiative on the impact of FISCAL CLIFF in the African Immigrant Community.)


On December 31, 2012, if Congress and President Obama fail to come to an agreement on measures to avoid the FISCAL Cliff, extreme cuts will be made and alter funding for the treatment of HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis, social services, education and a host of other programs that directly affect the African community. These cuts will change the way the Cameroon American Council serves the community and impact our grassroots efforts. In addition, there will be a yearly tax increase of $2,200 on middle class families which will change the way you spend money in the U.S and support your family back home in Africa (go to for more information). If FISCAL Cliff occurs, the very scope on how health issues are addressed, how government programs are dispersed, and how we spend our hard earned money will significantly change.

The FISCAL Cliff will:

● Reduce funding for HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis prevention and treatment
● Increase taxes on families by $2,200 a year
● Cut a select group of programs critical to providing services to children and families such as Medicaid and Welfare services
● Create job loss and possibly cause another recession
● Cut government benefits for veterans, Medicare, and federal programs
● Reduce government resources and threaten the ability of nonprofits like the Cameroon American Council and other African serving organizations to serve their communities

This is a critical and crucial time for our community and time is running out. With your voice and your help let’s make our concerns known. Please join us by signing the petition as we ask Congress to consider the long term effects the FISCAL Cliff will have on the African community ( to take further action).

On Tuesday, December 4, 2012 please follow up with your local congressional office and tell them:
1. You are against cuts that will negatively impact funding for health care, child care, increased state/local taxes and government benefits.
2. Raising taxes by $2,200 on middle class families will create financial strain and greatly affect the way you take care of your family.
3. The efforts of nonprofits such as the Cameroon American Council are vital for our community and help to bring a voice to a group that is so often overlooked.

We did it with the election, let’s do again
with the FISCAL cliff...make your voice count!

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 100 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Anita Kanitz STUTTGART, GERMANY
      • 7 months ago

      In countries where people have to flee their homes because of persecution and violence, political solutions must be found, peace and tolerance restored, so that refugees can return home. In my experience, going home is the deepest wish of most refugees.

      ANGELINA JOLIE, BBC News interview, Apr. 8, 2004

      The exile is a singular, whereas refugees tend to be thought of in the mass ... What is implied in these nuances of social standing is the respect we pay to choice. The exile appears to have made a decision, while the refugee is the very image of helplessness.

      MARY MCCARTHY, Occasional Prose

      We are all part of the human family and we should be about doing what all good families do - caring for our less fortunate brothers and sisters.

      - Dan O'Neill, Founder, Mercy Corps

      So often the world sits idly by, watching ethnic conflicts flare up, as if these were mere entertainment rather than human beings whose lives are being destroyed. Shouldn't the existence of even one single refugee be a cause for alarm throughout the world?

      -- Urkhan Alakbarov

    • Josephine Underwood CHAMPAIGN, IL
      • over 1 year ago

      I am African and working in health policy and advocacy.

      • over 1 year ago


    • w smith OJAI, CA
      • over 1 year ago

      I am very upset that SOCIAL SECURITY has been put on the cutting table when many politicians have promised not to cut it.

      Even President Regan said Social Security has nothing to do with the deficit .

      So why is it on the cutting table. ?????

      Most of us Social Security recipients are barely making it now but they want to make it even harder for us in order to help the rich get richer.


      Congress and President Obama must stand up to the Republican bullies.

      There have all ready been many spending cuts to entitlement programs.

      We don't need any more right now.

      The Republicans must be fair and act for the good of the middle class instead of demanding more cuts to help the rich.

      Social Security must be taken off the cutting table IMMEDIATELY and absolutely NO cuts whatsoever to other vital Social Services such as Medicare, Medicaid, the new health care law and Welfare.

      It is only fair that taxes must be raised on people making TWO HUNDRED AND FIFTY THOUSAND DOLLARS a year and up while leaving in place the fair tax cuts for the middle class.

      With all due respect, the Democrats spent the last 4 years caving into these bullies.

      Please don't do it any more.


      Dale Smith

    • Tambra Stevenson WASHINGTON, DC
      • over 1 year ago

      Because the children are our future!


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