Countdown to retirement: 34 days

The “34 Million Friends” campaign is a grass-roots movement that was independently initiated in July 2002 by two American women, Lois Abraham of New Mexico and Jane Roberts of California. Although they had never met, Lois and Jane were both outraged by the United States [Bush administration] withdrawal of $34 million approved for United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and they decided to take action. Each woman started her own email campaign, urging men and women across the United States to donate $1 or more to help bridge the funding gap. Their goal is to find 34 million friends to help UNFPA continue its invaluable work as the largest multilateral provider of family planning and maternal health care. So far, over 100,000 individuals and donors have contributed nearly $3 million. Jane and Lois continue to maintain an active schedule of speaking engagements and other activities to rally support for UNFPA's work and continue the momentum of 34 Million Friends. (~From their website)


Anonymous said...

Hi Terri, thanks a lot for this. We're actually almsot up to $4 million AND there are some great articles I've written at the web site and even blogged on Huffington Post. Go to and search Jane Roberts.

Terri said...

Thank you Jane! Lovely of you to come and comment. I heard of your organization last year through Code Pink here in Portland. You're doing such important work. I'll look for your articles.