Global Poverty Campaigns Weekly Update September 10, 2018

September 10, 2018

Global Poverty Campaigns

Weekly Update | Week of September 10, 2018

Quote of the Week

 . . . "[W]e need to do something differently . . . a little bit of bending isn't enough here. We need to break the curve . . . we need the way we talk about TB, the way we act on TB, to be dramatically different."

– Peter Sands, executive director of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, on our September national grassroots webinar

Quick Action

Take Action: Ask Senators & Reps. to Cosponsor and Lead on the Reach Act! 

Top Action: Get Published on TB During This Critical Time 

September Action Sheet: Write an LTE on TB. Use this new Action Sheet for September to rally your fellow advocates for education and action. Use the sheet to empower each other to write a letter to the editor on tuberculosis in the run-up to the September 26 UN High-Level Meeting (HLM) on TB. The sheet even has a meeting guide! By keeping TB in the news, we can keep influential pressure up on the subject in advance of the High-Level Meeting and during the period when appropriations on TB are being determined. 

Additional Details For Your TB Advocacy

Make a Champion-Level Ask of Your Senators and Reps. Regarding TB Funding. Funding for the end of the scourge of TB – a disease of poverty – is still under debate. We began making a champion-level ask of our legislators during the July International Conference, and we continue still. Here is the question to pose to your senators and representative: 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 More on the Context of the UN High-Level Meeting. A new blog post by TB Advocacy Officer David Bryden lays out more about what's at stake, what the opportunities are, and what may transpire as the HLM approaches. Keep in mind – the excellent work you did on Senate and House letters to the Administration in advance of the HLM is being leveraged. Those letters are making their way to the Administration, and the voices of those who want to eradicate TB are being heard. 

Watch the Livestream of the UN HLM on TB. Watch the proceedings of this critical meeting on September 26 via the UN Web TV link

The Reach Act: Still Work to Do  

Names on the waitlist to be added as cosponsors to the Reach Act have been released, so we have impressive numbers of cosponsors at this point. There are now 198 names on the House version of the bill and 47 on the Senate version. But there is more work to do. During this crowded time of year, we must continue to push this important legislation to the front, growing the list of cosponsors so that the call for support for this live-saving legislation is loud and clear. 

Ask your senator(s) or representative to support maternal and child health by cosponsoring the Reach Act today. 

The 2018 Mid-Term Elections: An Excellent Way to Enroll New People

The 2018 midterms will present exciting opportunities to engage members of Congress, and ensure candidates learn about our issues before they ever get to Washington. But moreover, your work getting our poverty issues in front of candidates signals that we're in it for the long haul. Some of these candidates will transform into legislators, and they will need to continue to hear from us, in our non-partisan manner, on issues of extreme poverty. In a sense, our work is just beginning. Those motivated by these times may be inspired to know there's no expiration date on this level of engagement. 

  • If you are 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! She can also guide you in training people in your community. 

  • When you have attended a townhall, record your activity in our Candidate Engagement Tracker

  • For more support resources, check out a new section on our website, RESULTS and the 2018 Election

Welcoming New Advocates into RESULTS

Welcome Series. We find new people when we table at events, do trainings, and go to town halls. After your initial conversation, invite them to check out our Welcome Series. The series will inform them about RESULTS in an inspiring way and get them started taking simple actions via a four-part email series. If someone is already a little familiar with RESULTS and receiving our actions and communications, you can go through the series at their own pace via our website. Let us help you engage new people!

Weekly Update Sign-up. After folks get acquainted with RESULTS, they can sign up to receive the Weekly Update! Connect them to the sign-up on our website. 

Orientation Session. After experiencing the Welcome Series and getting signed up for the Weekly Update, new folks can participate in an orientation session to get you well connected and on your way. Sign up online for one that fits. 

Powerful Film Bending the Arc. RESULTS Advocates will have access to Bending the Arc to show in your community at in-home viewings and at outreach events. Contact Ken Patterson or Colin Smith if you are interested in showing the film.

Upcoming Opportunities and Calendar Items 

MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR THE 2019 RESULTS INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE – Grand Hyatt Washington (DC) – July 13-16. Watch the dedicated webpage for announcements as plans unfold. 

September 13, 8:30 pm ET. New Advocate Orientation. If you are new to RESULTS, know someone new to RESULTS, or want to become a RESULTS advocate, please join us for our New Advocate Orientation! During this 60-minute live webinar, you'll interact with RESULTS staff and other new volunteers, learn more about our advocacy model and issues and get information on how to take action and get connected locally. Sign up here.

September 13. Training and Collaboration: Our Anti-Oppression Work Continues, 9 pm ET. Please join us for an anti-oppression webinar to openly discuss ways we as anti-poverty advocates can better support our communities. We’ll go over why anti-oppression work matters for our advocacy, discuss methods of responding to oppressive behavior using the new RESULTS Call-in/Call-out Guide, and provide an open space for sharing our experiences and learning from one another. To join, log in at or dial (669) 900-6833, meeting ID 292298302.

September 17, 1 pm ET and 8 pm ET. RESULTS Global Free Agents Webinars (choose one).*New Login.* Join via or, by phone, dial (669) 900-6833, meeting ID 285681999.

September 26, 9 pm ET. Captivating the Masses: Multi-Cultural Outreach and Recruitment. In order to end poverty, we need to build and strengthen RESULTS groups that are inclusive, welcoming, and valuable. Learn how to develop and maintain a balanced body of volunteers and discover practices that you can take back to your chapter to jump start your plan. Our guest speaker will be Valerie Bane, Public Affairs Director, Sacramento Chapter of Citizens' Climate Lobby. Login: or call in to (669) 900-6833, meeting ID 852534950.

October 3. Next RESULTS Action Network Community of Practice Meeting. Details TBD. 

October 13, 2 pm ET. National Grassroots Webinar, Global Poverty Campaigns. Join at Or join by phone at (669) 900-6833, meeting ID 510407386. 

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