Global Poverty Campaigns Weekly Update August 6, 2018
Global Poverty Campaigns
Weekly Update | Week of August 6, 2018
"Sen. Tom Cotton's office informed me recently that he has agreed to become a co-sponsor of [the Reach Act]. My words are insufficient to explain the emotions that were accompanied by that news. When his staff told me the news they also added, 'Thank you for stopping by and putting this on our radar. Had you not brought this to our attention, the senator would not have taken action.'"
– David Cook, RESULTS advocate in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette on Monday, August 6
Take Action: Ask Senators & Reps. to Cosponsor and Lead on the Reach Act!
Know Someone Who Might Want to Get to Know RESULTS? Invite Them to Our Welcome Series!
Join our national grassroots webinars via Zoom, starting August 11. The login is https://results.zoom.us/j/510407386. Or join by phone at (669) 900-6833 or (929) 436-2866, meeting ID 510-407-386.
Mark your calendars for this joint national grassroots webinar with our U.S. poverty advocate colleagues, focused on how we're going to see that our issues show up during the mid-term election process. The 2018 midterms will present exciting opportunities to engage members of Congress, and ensure candidates learn about our issues before they even get to Washington.
It happened! We achieved 100 signatures on a key House letter to the Administration, due in no small part to your advocacy! In September, heads of state and other leaders will gather for the first-ever U.N. High-Level Meeting on Tuberculosis (HLM), and the letter from the House sends a clear message that the U.S. must show up with high level representation and push for strong targets to find the missing millions of people suffering from TB. Congressional action can help encourage strong United States’ leadership at the HLM. Any final declaration from the meeting should focus on finding those not yet reached with TB treatment and increasing the investments in the global fight against the disease.
You can see the full list of signers on the blog. Send your thanks and consider writing a letter to the editor about this bold action!
Now, on to the Senate. Here is our request. Senators Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Todd Young (R-IN), Maria Cantwell (D-WA), and Dan Sullivan (R-AK) are circulating a sign-on letter to the Administration calling for bold U.S. leadership at the upcoming UN HLM on Tuberculosis. Make the request: "Will you support a letter to the Administration urging support for the HLM and U.S. leadership in the global fight against TB?" The letter will close August 31.
Additional Appropriations Request for House and Senate. Also, both the House and Senate Appropriations Committees have proposed increased funding in fiscal year 2019 (FY19) to fight this global epidemic. Contact your representatives with the question, "Will you speak with the leadership of the State/Foreign Operations (SFOPS) subcommittee of Appropriations and urge them to support the higher FY19 House funding level of $302 million to fight global TB in any final spending bill?"
Read the full blog post by Crickett Nicovich, Senior Advisor for Global Policy and Government Affairs, for a bit of context and the support resources you need, including letter signer lists, background facts on TB and sample language you can use to make requests.
Let’s keep following up with offices to make sure they hear about the needless tragedy of TB still affecting millions each year and how global efforts can change the course of this deadly disease.
We are committed to getting this legislation passed. Let's keep going!
As of August 6, we have 44 states (plus DC) and 191 legislators showing up on the House version of the Reach Every Mother and Child Act (H.R.4022) and 26 states and 32 legislators showing up on the Senate version of the bill (S.1730). This is due in no small part to your advocacy.
The Reach Act will make U.S. efforts on maternal and child health the best they can be through coordination, efficiency, and bold goals. We need to keep the momentum going through cosponsorship. Get senators and representatives to cosponsor the Reach Act, and if they are already cosponsors, move them up the Champion Scale by asking them to advocate for and lead on the issue.
Our advocates are getting powerfully creative in their post-conference follow-up, making sure their requests to legislators on tuberculosis and the Reach Act get attention, circling back to their fellow advocates and Action Networks about progress made, celebrating accomplishments . . . here are some of things YOU can do:
We know this isn't an exhaustive list of all you've been up to by any stretch – but hopefully it will inspire your thinking!
Throughout August. New Member Orientations. Contact Amanda Beals, Global Grassroots Expansion Manager, for more details.
August 11, 2 pm ET. National Grassroots Webinar, Global Poverty Campaigns. This month, joint with our U.S. poverty advocate colleagues. *New Login.* Join at https://results.zoom.us/j/510407386. Or join by phone at (669) 900-6833 or (929) 436-2866, meeting ID 510-407-386.
August 20, 1 pm ET and 8 pm ET. RESULTS Global Free Agents Webinars (choose one).*New Login.* Join via https://results.zoom.us/j/285681999 or, by phone, dial (669) 900-6833 or (929) 436-2866, meeting ID 285-681-999.
Advocacy Resources to Help You Take Action (Weekly updates, action sheets, online action alerts, and more)
Report 2018 Actions
115th Congress Congressional Scorecard: See global poverty actions your members of Congress have taken.
Contact the Grassroots Board Members of the RESULTS Board. Also, you can view the most recently published minutes from Board meetings on the RESULTS website, as well as download RESULTS’ most recent Annual Report.