Eric LeCompte, Executive Director of Jubilee USA and colleague David Beckman of Bread for the World recently co-authored an op-ed in The Hill on true political leadership. Read excerpt below and follow link to full article.
Spencer Bachus: True Leadership
By: Eric LeCompte and David Beckman
"At the U.S. Capitol recently, the faith-based anti-poverty coalition Jubilee USA was honored to celebrate House Financial Services Committee Chairman Emeritus Bachus as a 'Jubilee Champion' for his long-standing commitment to promoting economic opportunity and alleviating poverty in the world’s poorest nations. Jubilee USA Network, a coalition whose founders and members include more than 650 faith communities, has worked closely with Mr. Bachus on economic reforms to protect vulnerable people.
In 1999, many of the world’s poorest countries were saddled with unpayable debts to financial institutions and wealthier nations. Some were spending more money paying back debts incurred by former dictators than on the health and education of their own people. Drawing on the Biblical practice of Jubilee, people of faith all over the world called to forgive these debts if the funds were then used for social betterment. Religious groups across the United States advocated for debt relief."
Read more here [link here].