A treaty is an agreement between governments; popular support alone cannot create one. The chief executive of each government, whether a president, prime minister, ruling party chairman, or royal sovereign, must formalize his or her country’s support, in concert with that country’s laws. In the United States for example, treaties must be negotiated by the president and designated representatives, signed by the president, and finally ratified by the president after securing the consent of two-thirds of the Senate. The Congress can apply political pressure through its power of appropriation, as well as moral pressure - as can any other kind of organization, such as religious, civic, political, charitable, academic, professional, and youth groups.
However, organizational support is insufficient: the right to food can become real if and only if individuals take action to show leaders where we should go. It only takes a moment to send a president, prime minister, or a couple of legislators copies of the IFST, or to direct them to this website (www.treaty.org), and to urge them to pursue negotiations or to co-sponsor legislation in support of the International Food Security Treaty, and to report to you, their tax-paying employers, on their progress.
UNITED STATES CITIZENS can express their support by calling their Congressional Represenatatives in the Senate and House and letting them know you're counting on them to do everything in their power to support and advance the International Food Security Treaty as a fundamental principle of U.S. foreign policy and national security. Call the Capitol Hill Switchboard at:
IUS citizens can also find contact information for their congressperson, senators and the President at the following website: http://www.usa.gov/Contact/Elected.shtml
For those able to afford a little more time, media and fundraising events, petitions and ballot resolutions, advertising, meetings, marches, and rallies will help the IFST progress towards its goal of catalyzing an end to world hunger.
If you’d like to explore the possibility of volunteering some time in this way, please fill out the Volunteer Form and mail it to the address below or e-mail scans of both sides of it to firstname.lastname@example.org
The International Food Security Treaty is supported by two sister non-profit corporations. The International Food Security Treaty Association is responsible for much of the educational work done on behalf of the IFST. It has been granted 501(c)(3) status by the Internal Revenue Service and donations to it are tax-deductible in the USA. The International Food Security Treaty Campaign carries responsibility for much of the lobbying activity associated with promoting the IFST with lawmakers so donations to it are not tax-deductible in the USA.
Please note that to date all work on behalf of the IFST has been performed pro bono, with no donated funds going to salaries for anyone. While that is likely to change as the organization grows in the years ahead, donors should know that the boards of both IFST corporations are committed to ensuring that donated funds are used wisely and efficiently.
Later this year it will be possible to make online contributions to either the Campaign or the Association directly through this website. For the present, tax-deductible contributions to the Association and non-tax-deductible contributions to the Campaign can be made by check mailed to the following address:
International Food Security Treaty Association (or Campaign)
P.O. Box 1054
Lake Oswego, OR 97034
Finally, however you choose to promote the growth of the IFST, you can amplify your contribution by contacting and inspiring just one other person - friend, relative, neighbor, clergy, doctor, teacher, coach, co-worker, or anyone else - in any other district, state, or country to do the same. You’ll be fueling both the eradication of the unnecessary and dangerous suffering of millions of people caused by malnutrition, and a historic upsurge in the world's fortunes and morale.