DFW/RESULTS Nov. 2020 Webinar: COVID & Beyond
Please reach out to your Senators’ and Representative’s Legislative Director with a request that their bosses speak to leadership about passing an emergency COVID relief bill now. Use the sample email below to craft your message and follow up with a phone call. Copy the legislative aide for foreign policy if you have that contact information (let us know if you don’t and we can get it for you). It is really important that we push those who are supporting these issues to speak to others in leadership, especially in the Senate.
- Look up your members of Congress, their contact information, and staff here.
- Form email address for staff using these formulas:
- Send an email, then follow up with a call to the staff member asking if the Senator or Rep will take the action outlined in your email. Continue contacting the staff until you get an answer to your question.
- Put others in action by asking them to take this online action.
Sample Message to Senators and Representatives (edit and personalize)
As a Dining for Women advocate, I’m extremely concerned about the impact COVID-19 is having on women, girls, and children in resource-poor countries. Women are typically the caregivers and the ones who see to food and nutrition for families, so if they are struggling, families and countries are struggling.
And women are struggling. Projections are that global hunger will double, and thousands of infants will suffer or die of severe malnutrition. An estimated 80 million children are at risk of vaccine-preventable diseases for lack of access to regular health services. AIDS, TB, and malaria cases and deaths are projected to rise to levels we haven’t seen in 10-20 years. Cases of female genital mutilation (FGM) are projected to go up by 2 million and 7 million unintended pregnancies could result from the lack of access to overburdened healthcare systems. Young girls are suffering as well. It is projected that many will not return to school, that child marriage could increase by 2.5 million and more than 1 million vulnerable girls will face the risk of adolescent pregnancy because of lockdowns. Domestic violence against women and girls is also up.
Please browse through the 172 pieces of media from across the county, including XXX pieces from our state, calling on Congress to include a global response to the global COVID-19 pandemic in any supplemental bill. Americans do care about what is happening around the world and want action.
- 172 pieces of media calling for a global response to the global pandemic
I’m calling on your boss to please speak and write to leadership, imploring them to craft and pass a COVID-19 relief package now that includes at least $20 billion in international development assistance with much of it going to organizations on the front lines in low-income countries—organizations like the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB, and Malaria and Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance.
Can you please get back to me and let me know if your boss will take this action? I’ll be following up with a phone call soon.