Name: Meredith Walker
Location: MT, based in Missoula
Position: Political Affairs Intern
Fundraising Goal: $500
How did you get interested in global issues?
I got really interested in global issues through amazing social studies educators and high school speech and debate team (especially Extemp, where you have half an hour and no Internet to prepare a well-sourced 5-7 minute analytical speech on a given current national or global policy question).
Why are you volunteering your time to serve the world’s poor?
I’m volunteering because downsizing global poverty helps everyone. Ensuring basic access to resources (like food, clean water, and safe shelters) and opportunities for all human beings is not only essential from a human rights standpoint, it benefits the entire world by enhancing human capital and thus our possibilities for the future.
Impoverished people are also more vulnerable to extremism, so more poverty around the globe means that more people can be more easily swayed to take up arms for hateful ideologies like that of the so-called Islamic State. This is especially important for the US as a longtime coordinator of efforts against such extremism. If less global poverty reduced people’s vulnerability to hateful ideologies, we could safely bring more of our men and women home from combat more quickly.
Any interesting tidbits to share?
- I know two dead languages (Latin well and Ancient Greek somewhat well), two living ones well (English and Russian) and bits of other living languages.
- I can play brass and piano. Unfortunately, not both at once.
- I’m interested enough in global issues that I want to deal with them professionally.
My compassion/humility list:
I will do the following for any friends or family who donates in my honor…
- For $25: Translate a Latin epistle, (non-epic) poem, Bible passage, etc. of your choice—Ancient Greek Bible passage or section of a legal speech also available.
- For $75: Write a short ballad for the person of your choice. Instrumentation and other preferences can be accommodated.
I would say write a policy brief for you, but I don’t think anyone would take me up on that. $40.
- For $50: Walk your dog(s) several times.
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