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The Next Step for RIF: Dear Colleague Letter

In response to the recent Action Alert raised by Reading is Fundamental, more than 30,000 letters have been sent to Congress. RIF's President and CEO, Carol Rasco, has just issued an updated appeal for action towards the next step in RIF's battle. Here is her updated message, with links:

Please ACT NOW and help RIF build support for our funding by sending an e-mail to your members of Congress asking them to sign the RIF Dear Colleague letter.

Since we first shared the disappointing news of President Bush’s proposed elimination of funding for RIF in his fiscal year 2009 budget less than two weeks ago, more than 30,000 messages have been sent to Congress urging legislators to reinstate RIF’s funding.

This initial outpouring of support has prompted RIF’s congressional champions to capitalize on the momentum by circulating in Congress a Dear Colleague letter on behalf of RIF. The Dear Colleague letter asks members of Congress to sign-on in support of RIF’s funding. This is an important next step in the campaign to protect RIF’s FY09 funding.

We are asking Congress to appropriate $26 million to fund RIF’s book distribution program for some 4.6 million underserved children and families in fiscal year 2009. The funding is critical to support our reading motivational programs at nearly 20,000 locations nationwide.

We hope you will share this message with six or more friends who will also contact their members of Congress. Thank you in advance for your support!

Take Action!

Even if you sent letters last week, this is a different letter, towards a more concrete further action. If you support RIF, please consider helping via the Take Action link above.