Global Poverty Campaigns Weekly Update March 12, 2018
Global Poverty Campaigns
Weekly Update | Week of March 12, 2018
"It can be so nerve-wracking to walk into a meeting with your member of Congress or their staff, but it’s a magical moment when you realize, it’s their job to listen to me; my story matters."
– REAL Change Fellowship alum Tiffany Hsu. Read more of her story.
Take Action: Write a Letter to the Editor for World TB Day (March 24)
"I left the conference feeling inspired, appreciated, and happy that I had such a productive time in just five days. It is an experience that will stay with me for the years to come as I continue my work as an activist." – Macy Phung
RESULTS International Conference 2018 is July 14-17. Have you registered? The earlybird rate ends May 15!
The #LettersGetLOUD campaign is designed to help you enhance the impact of your meetings with members of Congress while inspiring others and growing our movement in 2018. Advocates are organizing their communities to write letters to members of Congress about ending poverty. These letters are being hand-delivered while meeting with our members of Congress. Through the campaign, we'll also hear your voices through the reading of these letters via videos shared on social media. (Check out the hashtag #LettersGetLOUD on Twitter.) Go to our #LettersGetLOUD page for complete support materials, including a campaign guide, tips on reaching out to your community, materials you can order to enhance your outreach/letter-writing meeting, and other helps.
#LettersGetLOUD for World TB Day on March 24. We have weighed in on the appropriations process in the House; next is the Senate. Now is the perfect time to begin making sure your Senators hear from you the same way. We are in the process of getting all the information on the timing of the Senate appropriations process, but that doesn't mean you have to wait to weigh in. Utilize the current appropriations materials and start letting your Senators know your thoughts on funding the priorities of global education and health – including the the eradication of tuberculosis! Gather your community to write letters. Record a reading of a letter and post on social media, utilizing the hashtag #LettersGetLOUD. Then take these letters with you as you meet with your senators. (Remember: the next recess for both chambers of Congress begins March 26, which means your legislators will soon be in their home districts and states!)
P.S. For extra credit, why not submit a letter to the editor in advance of World TB Day and invite others to do the same with this shareable link? You can also review our TB editorial packet for more facts and insights.
We have two key ways we weigh in on the budget/appropriations process every year: funding level requests and sign-on letters which emphasize the importance of a spending area/issue. As advocates, we take our appropriations requests related to health, education, and economic opportunity every year to our members of Congress and ask them to weigh in specifically on the process. Additionally, we use the power of the sign-on letter. A sign-on letter (also called a “Dear Colleague” letter) is like a petition in Congress. Sign-on letters are circulated by champions in Congress to ask other members to join them in showing their support for an issue.
This appropriations season, urge Congress to speak up on issues that build the foundation to end poverty. We are completing our appropriations requests and sign-on letters process for the House, and our advocates have done wonderful work. Final information is coming in as we speak on who signed our four appropriations "Dear Colleague" letters, and you can find the most up-to-date information on our website.
Next, the window for making our Senate requests is opening. Our policy team is gathering information on the timespan we will have for Senate requests, and we will share that with you as soon as possible.
1. Funding level requests: Take a look at our FY19 Appropriations memos outlining each of our requests: child health and nutrition; tuberculosis; the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria; and the Global Partnership for Education. Use our current action sheet and laser talk designed to help you make your requests to your senators and to enlist others into action via an education and action meeting.
2. Sign-on letters: These are forthcoming.
1. Outreach in 2018. So far in 2018, at least 23% of our global poverty groups have created an outreach activity – a #LettersGetLOUD letter-writing event, a talk to a faith-based group, a workshop in the community. Has your group done outreach 2018 and forgotten to report? That's an easy fix – report your event online. Need assistance brainstorming a great event for your community? Contact Lisa Marchal, Global Grassroots Manager, for support, and take a look at this terrific how-to guide. People are looking for us; give them the opportunity to meet you and RESULTS!
2. Other Statistics to Celebrate. Through February, you accomplished 49 media hits and 33 congressional meetings. Keep up the strong work!
3. April National Grassroots Webinar. Our April national webinar for global campaigns will be focused on our organization's commitment to and developing work on embodying a culture of anti-oppression and inclusion. It will be a rich and empowering conversation. You'll be hearing more as the April 14 webinar draws near. Mark your calendars!
March 19, 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.
March 22, 8:30 pm ET. RESULTS Introductory Call. Learn more about us! Dial (712) 775-8972, passcode 761262.
March 24. World TB Day.
March 26-April 6. Senate and House Recess.
April 14, 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. Focus: Embracing the values and practices of anti-oppression.
July 14-17, 2018. RESULTS International Conference.
Advocacy Resources (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.