October 2011 Global Call: GPE is a Good Investment

October 21, 2011
by Ken Patterson

We are in the final month of a 3-month effort to gather support for the Education for All Act, and ultimately to get the Obama administration to commit funding to the Global Partnership for Education (formerly FTI) in November.

Joanne Carter, Executive Director, introduced our guest speaker, editorial writer Jay Evensen of Deseret News in Salt Lake City. Jay did an excellent job talking about why he writes editorials on our issues, and on how to work with editorial writers. This is a must-listen segment. Joanne also spoke about the death of Winstone Zulu and how he would want us to continue on in strength to combat AIDS and TB.

Jen Maurer, Senior Legislative Associate, highlighted the push to get signers on Rep. Schakowsky’s letter to Secretary of State Clinton. As of November 21, we have 27 signers. The letter stays open until Wednesday, November 26, 35 pieces of media. We need to push hard this week.

Ken Patterson hosted two shares, one from Eloise Sutherland that focused on the need to let editorial writers that their writing matters, and that we are committed to having their work read by decision makers. It was a fantastic story about their recent meeting in Austin. Phyllis Bjorkman then shared about their recent fundraiser in Tacoma. It was a smashing success!

Ken encouraged groups to determine who was reaching out to which office on the Schakowsky letter, and determine what the groups would do for World AIDS Day with our excellent resources.

Lisa Marchal, Global Grassroots Associate, led us in learning a laser talk we can use to make calls on the Schakowsky letter.

1. EFA support materials including FTI and EFA Act fact sheets, outreach resources, etc.

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