Global Poverty Campaigns Weekly Update March 5, 2018


March 5, 2018

Global Poverty Campaigns

Weekly Update | Week of March 5, 2018


Quote of the Week

"In 2015, 193 countries, together with the World Bank and the United Nations (UN), committed to one of the most ambitious goals in human history: 'By 2030, nobody will live in extreme poverty, anywhere in the world.' Audacious as this objective may seem, it is imperative that we achieve it for our collective well-being and continued global progress."

– RESULTS blogpost featuring the work of Uplift on ultra-poverty around the globe. Read more. 


Quick Action

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


Leading with Action: FY19 Appropriations Requests and Sign-ons Window Closing

We have two key ways we weigh in on the budget process every year: funding level requests and sign-on letters which emphasize the importance of a spending area/issue. This is the time to make your final requests, as the window of opportunity is closing. 

Each year, every member of Congress has the opportunity to weigh in on our nation’s priorities through the appropriations process. Moreover, each year, RESULTS weighs in as well. This appropriations season, urge Congress to voice their support on issues that build the foundation to end poverty – health, education, and economic opportunity. Keep reading, then take action today!

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 and to enlist others into action via an education and action meeting. We have learned that the Foreign Operations Subcommittee of Appropriations (SFOPS) has set a deadline of March 16 to receive input from other representatives on FY19 spending levels. This means that your representatives will set their deadline to hear from you well before that deadline. This is the time to make your final requests.

​2. Sign-on lettersA “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. Sign-on letters are starting to be available for the support of your legislators, but the timeframe for getting signers on is always quite short. As of today, we have the following letters available for signatures:

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Extra Note on the Global Partnership for Education


Saturday: National Grassroots Webinar Featuring Dr. Jennifer Furin

March 10, 2 pm ET. National Webinar/Conference Call for Grassroots. Our special guest will be Dr. Jennifer Furin of the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School.The topic will be our TB advocacy in 2018. Dr. Furin is an infectious diseases clinician and a medical anthropologist who has spent the last 22 years working in the field of TB.  She specializes in community-based management of DR-TB especially among vulnerable populations in resource-poor settings. She is currently a lecturer at Harvard Medical School in the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine and has served as a consultant for the World Health Organizations, multiple National TB Programs and for MSF projects in Khayeltisha and Eshowe (South Africa) and Tajikistan. Login: http://fuze.me/30204806. Or to join by phone only, dial (201) 479-4595, meeting ID 30204806. 


Make the International Conference Part of Your Summer

RESULTS International Conference 2018 is July 14-17. We're aiming for every group in our network to be represented – including one new attendee from each group – and plenty of free agents advocates in attendance as well. 


#LettersGetLOUD Campaign

Dynamic. Creative. Bold. Now is the time to get LOUD!

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. 


Upcoming Opportunities and Calendar Items 

March 6, 1 pm ET. RESULTS Introductory Call. Learn more about us! Dial (712) 775-8972, passcode 761262. 

March 10, 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. Guest speaker: Dr. Jennifer Furin of Harvard Medical School. Topic: Tuberculosis. 

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. 

July 14-17, 2018. RESULTS International Conference. 


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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.

 

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