Global Poverty Campaigns Weekly Update September 17, 2018

September 18, 2018

Global Poverty Campaigns

Weekly Update | Week of September 17, 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: Write Your Local Paper About TB Using New WHO Data

Top Action: Get Published on TB This Week

Do You Have 15 Minutes? Use Those Minutes to Get Published on TB. Take our online action, which includes new, compelling WHO data, and submit your new letter to the editor to your local paper. Then share the link with a friend or fellow advocate and ask them to do the same. 

September Action Sheet: Write an LTE on TB. Use the Action Sheet for September to rally your fellow advocates for education and action. Use the sheet to empower others to write letters to the editor on tuberculosis in the run-up to the September 26 UN High-Level Meeting (HLM) on TB. There is still time. 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 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 U.S. is preparing its delegation. 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

Tweet About the UN HLM in Advance.

  • Sample Tweet #1: The @UN HLM on TB is a unique opportunity for leaders to commit to fight a disease with severe health, social, and economic consequences for their countries. #EndTB #UNHLMTB

  • Sample Tweet #2: Heads of state will gather in #NewYork on September 26 for the #UNHLMTB to drive comprehensive efforts to end #TB, the world’s leading infectious killer #EndTB

The Reach Act: Can We Reach Half of Congress?

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. As of September 19, there are 199 names on the House version of the bill and 48 on the Senate version. Can we reach 218 in House and 50 in the Senate? 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 the section on our website called RESULTS and the 2018 Election

Calendar Notes 

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 19, 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 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. Log in to or call in to (669) 900-6833, meeting ID 852534950.

October 3. RESULTS Action Network Community of Practice Meeting. Join at Or join by phone at (669) 900-6833, meeting ID 427674133. 

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

October 15, 1 pm ET and 8 pm ET. RESULTS Global Free Agents Webinars (choose one). Join via or, by phone, dial (669) 900-6833, meeting ID 285681999.

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