Sometimes I am amazed at how connected different parts of work and life are.
One of the issues that the Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) (the organization that I work for) is working on is banning cluster bombs. A couple of months ago, Matt wrote about how cluster bombs affect the poor. His video post on August 26th called "How Cluster Bombs Impact the Poor." is very good. Then a few weeks ago, one of my collegues that is working on the cluster bomb issue told me that Senator Voinovich from my home state of Ohio was critical to legislation to ban cluster bombs. So I went to his office with my collogues and asked him to sign the bill to ban these terrible weapons. We were met with some resistance, because Voinovich's staff said they hadn't heard from constituents on this issue. Never understimate the power you have to influence your Congressional representatives!
Then my collegues told me they were doing a Cluster Bomb Survivor Tour and needed connections in Ohio and Michigan, so I talked to my Michigan friend from college, who talked to pastors from our church, the Community of Christ. And it ended up that the Community of Christ congregation in Grand Rapids, MI hosted a very successful event. Check out the details of the event here. (Scroll to October 8th.)
Now there are going to be a lot more people telling their senators to join the cluster bomb ban. You could be one of them!
I am constantly amazed at how connected life is. And at the power of connections!