Global Poverty Campaigns Weekly Update April 16, 2018


April 16, 2018

Global Poverty Campaigns

Weekly Update | Week of April 16, 2018


Quote of the Week

"I have seen the importance of advocacy and public policy to ensuring good governance in countries around the world. Building advocacy for effecting political change is exciting and relevant for our current context."

– Nancy Morgan, RESULTS Advocate


Quick Action

Take Action: Write a Letter to the Editor Rejecting Cuts to Foreign Aid


Senate Appropriations: New TB Sign-on Letter, Deadlines Fast Approaching

1. The State and Foreign Operations Committee of the Senate has called for FY19 appropriations requests by April 26. This means we need to get our requests in to our own legislators well ahead of that date. Ask your senators to weigh in individually with funding level requests on our key issues: child health and nutrition; tuberculosis; the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria; and the Global Partnership for Education. Use our appropriations action sheet and laser talk designed to help you make your requests to your senators and to enlist others into action as well. 

2. Senate Sign-on Letter on Maternal/Child Health, Gavi, and Nutrition Closes April 20.  Click for the text of the maternal and child health/Gavi/nutrition sign-on ("Dear Colleague") letter open for signatures until the end of the week. Sign-on letters carry weight and influence as part of the entire appropriations process. Ask your senators to sign!

3. New Senate Sign-on Letter on Bilateral Tuberculosis Funding Closes April 24. Click for the text of this brand new sign-on ("Dear Colleague") letter supporting bilateral efforts to stem the tide of tuberculosis globally. Act fast – senators only have a week to sign.  

4. Keep Track of Senate and House Approps Via Our Website. Take a look at the round-up of the FY19 process in the House and your on-going work in the Senate. The blog is updated regularly. 

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LettersGet LOUD Can Add Power to Your Senate Advocacy. Take a look at this fantastic video demonstrating what #LettersGetLOUD can mean for your local group. Organize your community to write letters to Senators related to the appropriations process. See if someone would read their letter aloud and video it, then post it on social media (particularly on Twitter, with the hashtag #LettersGetLOUD). Amplify your Senate appropriations requests with the power of the community by taking these letters with you to Senate meetings you book for the recess starting April 30. Go to our #LettersGetLOUD page for complete support materials.


The 2018 International Conference: What Opportunity is Waiting for You There?

Grab a sneak peek of the conference on our website, then take advantage of the earlybird rate until May 15! Have you registered? 

As Ken Patterson, Director of Global Grassroots Advocacy, has said, " . . . [M]arches are a starting point for creating change, not an end in themselves. Politicians may be moved in the moment, but without well-informed persistence, their attention will quickly shift to other matters." That's why you are needed in Washington this July!

  • Respected Organizer Heather Booth to Join Us! Heather Booth is a leading strategist on progressive issue campaigns. She’s been organizing since the civil rights, anti-Vietnam War, and women's movements of the 1960s. In 1973, she founded and is now President of the Midwest Academy, which trains social change leaders and organizers. She’s managed campaigns focused on African-American election turnout, immigration reform, health care, financial reform, marriage equality, and most recently tax fairness. Learn more about Heather on the International Conference blog. She is also the subject of the 2017 documentary film Heather Booth: Changing the World. For more information on the schedule of speakers and workshops as it develops, check out the conference's own webpage

  • Nominate Someone for the 2018 Cameron Duncan Media Award. RESULTS is pleased to announce that it is now accepting nominations for the 2018 Cameron Duncan Media Award. This award is given each year to a journalist or editor for outstanding work on issues related to poverty. The award is named in honor of Cameron Duncan, a former associate executive director of RESULTS who devoted his life to fighting poverty. For all the details on how to submit a nomination, go to our websiteNominations are due April 23.

  • RESULTS Merchandise. Fun news: RESULTS now has an online, branded merchandise store! You can choose from a red with the RESULTS logo and a special design for the 2018 IC.

  • Stir Up Interest on Social MediaDon't let the IC be RESULTS' best-kept secret! Share with others this great list of reasons why it's worth the investment to attend. Print and share our promotion flyer. Finally, circulate this terrific promo video on your social media channels. 

  • Make Sure Your Group is Represented by Applying for Gap FundingApply for 2018 IC Gap Funding for U.S. advocates working on global poverty campaigns – to help make your attendance possible. We want every group represented at the conference, and we'd like that representation to include someone who's never been to the conference before. Could that person be you? 

  • Consider the REAL Change FellowshipThe REAL Change Organizing and Advocacy Fellowship to Fight Poverty is open for application. This learning opportunity designed for emerging leaders aged 18-30 may be ideal for you or someone you know . . . and the fellowship kicks off at the International Conference! 


Nominations Open for RESULTS Grassroots Board Member Election

Would you like to take a leadership role in the governance of our RESULTS community? Do you know someone who you think would be a strong voice for guiding our national organization?

We are pleased to announce that we are now accepting nominations for the RESULTS and RESULTS Educational Fund Grassroots Board Member election, which will be held this summer. One Grassroots Board Member will be elected by our volunteers. You can nominate someone who you think would be a strong voice representing RESULTS volunteers OR you can nominate yourself if you want to take a bold new step in leadership. Nominations will close on Sunday, May 14.

For more on qualifications and the nominations process, read more on our website. 


Reach Act Advocacy and Friends & Family Fundraising as Mother's Day Approaches

Reach Act/#LettersGetLOUD Outreach Guide Now Available. The Reach Act is an ideal piece of legislation to rally your community around as Mother's Day approaches. Invite individuals and groups within your community who have an interest in maternal and child health to write letters to their representatives and senators, asking for Reach Act cosponsorship. This way, you're including your community in our #LettersGetLOUD effort and maximizing reach and impact for our Reach Act campaign. Use this brand new guide to help you create your outreach/#LettersGetLOUD event around the Reach Act. And use this handy RESULTS inviting postcard to help roll out the welcome mat for newcomers. 

Friends & Family Fundraising Campaign Kicks Off May 3. Additionally, we'll prepare ourselves for a robust Friends and Family Fundraising Campaign on the theme of helping mothers and kids here and around the world. Join the kickoff support webinar on May 3 at 8:30 p.m. ET for all the tools and encouragement you need. Log in to http://fuze.me/37000190, or dial (408) 610-1042, meeting ID 37000190. 


Upcoming Opportunities and Calendar Items 

April 19, 1 pm ET. Letter-writing "Coffee Break." Log in to https://fuze.me/37038942, or dial (201) 479-4595, meeting ID 37038942. 

April 20, 1 pm ET. RESULTS Introductory Call. Learn more about us! Dial (712) 775-8972, passcode 761262. 

April 30-May 4. House and Senate Recesses. 

May 3, 8:30 pm ET. Spring Friends and Family Fundraising Campaign Kick-off. Log in to http://fuze.me/37000190, or dial (408) 610-1042, meeting ID 37000190. 

May 12, 2 pm ET. National Webinar/Conference Call for Grassroots. Login: http://fuze.me/30204806. Or to join by phone only, dial (201) 479-4595, meeting ID 30204806. (View recordings of past webinars on our website.) 

May 15, 9 pm ET. Dialogue: "Intersectionality." Who are you? How does who you are impact your experiences? Please join RESULTS volunteers for a reflection on the many aspects of ourselves – our age, religion, ethnicity, income, gender, and sexual orientation, for example – that impact our work as RESULTS volunteers. We will complete "cultural sketches" of ourselves to understand how our identities influence our values, decisions, behaviors, and opportunities. There is no need to prepare for the discussion – just come open to exploring your identity!  Log in to http://fuze.me/33986526, or dial (201) 479-4595, meeting ID 33986526.

May 21, 1 pm ET and 8 pm ET. RESULTS Global Free Agents Webinars (choose one). Login: http://fuze.me/35703902. Or to join by phone only, dial (201) 479-4595, meeting ID 35703902.

July 14-17, 2018. RESULTS International Conference.


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