Global Poverty Campaigns Weekly Update March 19, 2018
Global Poverty Campaigns
Weekly Update | Week of March 19, 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)
World TB Day is Saturday, March 24. 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 that can enhance your writing.
Other tools for the week:
1. #LettersGetLOUD and Appropriations. You have weighed in on the appropriations process in the House, and your work has been terrific. We are currently working to get a full round-up of the signers on all letters, and we will update our blog post on it, "Funding the Fight Against Global Poverty," as we get all the information. Expect some exciting and inspiring numbers.
Next, the window of opportunity for our Senate requests is opening. 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.
We are in the process of getting all the information on the timing of the Senate appropriations process as well as details on the Senate "Dear Colleague" letters, but that doesn't mean you have to wait to weigh in. 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 current action sheet and laser talk designed to help you make your requests to your senators and to enlist others into action as well.
This is where #LettersGetLOUD can come in. The LettersGetLOUD campaign is designed to help you enhance the impact of your meetings with Senators while inspiring others and growing our movement in 2018. Organize your community to write letters to Senators related to the appropriations process. See if someone would read their letter aloud, video it, and then post it on social media (particularly Twitter, with the hashtag #LettersGetLOUD). Book meetings with your Senators for the upcoming congressional recess beginning March 26. Hand-deliver written letters to your members of Congress. Amplify your Senate appropriations requests with the power of the community.
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.
2. #LettersGetLOUD and Outreach Work Together. 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!
RESULTS wants to play an active role in calling out and dismantling systemic forms of oppression. RESULTS realizes that if we are to achieve our mission of ending poverty, we must open our ranks to everyone, especially those experiencing oppression, and we must actively work to dismantle the built-in mechanisms of oppression. The challenge for many of us is that, if we are not part of an oppressed group, we may not recognize when oppression is occurring nor understand the experiences of those affected. Therefore, part of our anti-oppression effort must be our own personal learning. We must understand what is going on, how oppression affects others, and how we can undo the structures that perpetuate it.
In April, our Global Poverty Campaigns National Webinar on April 14 (as well as the U.S. Poverty Campaigns National Webinar on April 3) will focus on understanding this issue, what RESULTS is doing about it, and how to address these issues locally. We’re also planning additional trainings on April 17 and May 15 to keep this conversation going. We hope you will join us. This will be the start of a journey for some of us, and the continuation of a journey for others. Our goal is to give everyone in RESULTS an opportunity to learn about systemic oppression and how we can be allies and activists in dismantling it.
April 14 Global Poverty Campaigns National Webinar. Login: http://fuze.me/30204806. Or to join by phone only, dial (201) 479-4595, meeting ID 30204806.
RESULTS International Conference 2018 is July 14-17. The earlybird rate ends May 15! Have you registered?
"When I attended the RESULTS International Conference for the first time, I had no advocacy experience. Now, I walk into meetings with members of Congress feeling confident, informed, and empowered." — Kaylee Rogers, former REAL Change Fellow
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.
April 16, 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.
April 17. Training related to our on-going work to call out and dismantle systemic forms of oppression in our advocacy work together. Details forthcoming.
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.