Global Poverty Campaigns Weekly Update July 30, 2018
Global Poverty Campaigns
Weekly Update | Week of July 30, 2018
"When I saw all of you, it immediately lifted my spirits and gave me strength. Your dedication is making a difference. Never feel like your voice isn’t heard.”
– Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) at the 2018 RESULTS International Conference Advocacy Day Kick-off
Take Action: Ask Senators & Reps. to Cosponsor and Lead on the Reach Act!
NOTE: NEW LOGIN FOR NATIONAL GRASSROOTS WEBINARS BEGINNING IN AUGUST!
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.
At this year’s RESULTS International Conference, advocates helped to launch a multi-month campaign to raise the global profile of the leading infectious disease killer, tuberculosis (TB). This ancient disease has not had the high level political engagement needed to turn the tide against this airborne contagion. 1.7 million people each year are killed by TB, even though it is curable. Of the over 10 million people sickened by TB each year, 40 percent of TB patients are never even found by their health systems. But, U.S. leadership can make a difference and there are real signs of progress.
There are key opportunities to continue to build global momentum in the fight against TB. In September, heads of state and other leaders will gather for the first-ever U.N. High-Level Meeting on Tuberculosis (HLM). 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. Additionally, both the House and Senate Appropriations Committees have proposed increased funding in fiscal year 2019 (FY19) to fight this global epidemic.
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 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.
For the House:
1. HLM Meeting Request: Co-chairs of the Tuberculosis Elimination Caucus, Reps. Eliot Engel (D-NY), Don Young (R-AK), and Gene Green (TX) 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 remain open until the end of Thursday.
Current Signers for HOUSE UN HLM Letter – 69 signers: Eliot Engel (D-NY), Don Young (R-AK), Gene Green (D-TX), Andy Barr (R-KY), Karen Bass (D-CT), Donald Beyer, Jr. (D-VA), Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR), Mike Bost (R-IL), Brendan Boyle (D-PA), Salud Carbajal (D-CA), Michael Capuano (D-MA), Kathy Castor (D-FL), Joaquin Castro (D-TX), David Cicilline (D-RI), W. Lacy Clay (D-MO), Barbara Comstock (R-VA), Gerald Connolly (D-VA), Danny Davis (D-IL), Peter DeFazio (D-OR), Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), John Delaney (D-MD), Lloyd Doggett (D-TX), Mike Doyle (D-PA), Anna Eshoo (D-CA), Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA), John Garamendi (D-CA), Al Green (D-TX), Denny Heck (D-WA), Jim Himes (D-CT), Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), Pramila Jayapal (D-WA), Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX), Ro Khanna (D-CA), Ruben Kihuen (D-NV), Daniel Kildee (D-MI), Derek Kilmer (D-WA), Rick Larsen (D-WA), John Larson (D-CT), Brenda Lawrence (D-MI), Barbara Lee (D-CA), Sander Levin (D-MI), Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), Mia Love (R-UT), Nita Lowey (D-NY), Stephen Lynch (D-MA), James McGovern (D-MA), Jerry McNerney (D-CA), Luke Messer (R-IN), Beto O'Rourke (D-TX), Jimmy Panetta (D-CA), Donald Payne, Jr. (D-NJ), Mark Pocan (D-WI), Jamie Raskin (D-MD), Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA), Dutch Ruppersberger (D-MD), Pete Sessions (R-TX), Jackie Speier (D-CA), Chris Stewart (R-UT), Mark Takano (D-CA), Bennie Thompson (D-MS), Dina Titus (D-NV), Niki Tsongas (D-MA), Marc Veasey (D-TX), Ann Wagner (R-MO), Frederica Wilson (D-FL)
2. Appropriations Request: 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?"
For the Senate:
1. HLM Meeting 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.
2. Appropriations Request: Contact your senators 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?"
We are committed to getting this legislation passed. Now is not the time to give up!
As of July 30, 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 31 legislators showing up on the Senate version of the bill (S.1730). This is due in no small part to your advocacy.
This legislation will make U.S. efforts on maternal and child health the best they can be through coordination, efficiency, and bold goals. But we need even more cosponsors and champions in Congress to move this bill. 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. Current cosponsors have a real stake in this legislation – encourage them to help gain the support that's necessary.
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!
NOTE: NEW LOGIN FOR NATIONAL GRASSROOTS WEBINARS BEGINNING IN AUGUST!
Join our national grassroots webinars via Zoom, starting August 11 at 2 pm ET. 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. If your interested in talking to candidates this fall, sign up here and Carly Pildis, Senior Associate for Advocacy and Organizing, will reach out to you with opportunities ideas, and training!
Have you ever wanted to host a Reclaiming Our Democracy book group with RESULTS founder Sam Daley-Harris phoning or Skyping in to your group? Now's your chance! Attend one of these identical intro conference calls to discuss the book group idea by emailing Sam directly at [email protected]. Please provide your name and the session you'll be attending (see choices below) so he can welcome you. The call-in number is 712-775-7031 with this PIN: 342 421#.
To discuss the book group idea with Sam and begin to set up your own group, choose one of these calls:
1. Monday, August 6, 8 pm ET
2. Tuesday, August 7, 10 pm ET
3. I can't make either of these times. Please send me a recording of the call.
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.