Global Poverty Weekly Update April 1, 2019
Quote of the Week
“People shouldn’t be lucky to survive [tuberculosis].”
~ Dr. Dalene Von Delft ~
From PBS NewsHour’s World TB Day special segment
Appropriations: At Work in the Senate
We’ve worked on the House. Now time for the Senate – and we can’t hesitate!
- Appropriations funding requests. We have four appropriations requests, plus a “Dear Colleague” letter on basic education. The Senate Subcommittee on State and Foreign Operations has a deadline for receiving appropriations requests of April 26, which means individual congressional offices will have earlier deadlines. Act now. Use this link for all four appropriations memos, as well as this laser talk. Make a call to your senators, ask for the foreign policy aide, and take those requests to the Senate if you haven’t already!
- FY20 Senate Basic Education and Global Partnership for Education Letter. This letter, led by Senator Van Hollen, asks appropriators for robust funding for basic education the the Global Partnership for Education. The deadline to sign on is April 12. Details on the letter and how to sign on are on our website.
But even as we work on appropriations work for the Senate, we can’t do it without a celebration! Congratulations on some terrific work getting signers on the House “Dear Colleague” letters across our issues. Here’s how the tallies came out:
- Global Fund/PEPFAR letter = 147
- Global TB letter = 77
- Maternal/child health/Gavi/nutrition = 146
- Basic education = 127
You can see if your representatives signed on via our tracker.
Keep “Setting the Agenda” in Congress
Advocates across our entire network have blown past the 200-meeting mark, and the ticker is climbing. Our “Set the Agenda” campaign finishes after the two-week recess set for mid- to late-April . . . a great time for more meetings!
Our “Set the Agenda” . . .
- Every group/free agent meets with each congressional office they cover.
- Every group/free agents has at least one face-to-face meeting with a member of Congress
- Every group/free agents makes an invitation to a new person to join in a congressional meeting.
We want to know how we’re doing toward our goal, and we know that through reporting.
Unique Guest for our April 13 National Webinar
Mark your calendars for April 13, 2 pm ET. That is when we will hold our national grassroots webinar, global poverty campaigns. We are excited to have Margaret McDonnell with us. She is the executive director of the UN Foundation’s Nothing But Nets campaign, a campaign tied in with the Global Fund as well as wider maternal/child health. You can see her bio online.
Join at https://results.zoom.us/j/510407386. Or join by phone at (669) 900-6833 or (929) 436-2866, meeting ID 510407386.
And did you know we offer closed captioning during the webinar? The captioning link is http://west.typewell.com/faelapgb.
How Can I Get to the International Conference?
“The RESULTS International Conference was an eye opener for me. I realized that anyone and everyone can be an advocate for issues that matter. I never thought I’d go to the U.S., much less Capitol Hill. But on the last day of the RESULTS International Conference, that’s exactly where I found myself. Standing in front of the Capitol dome with hundreds of other advocates, all I could think was, ‘This is a central place of power. Decisions are made here. And here I am.’” – Joyce Matogo
- 2019 International Conference Registration is Open. Earlybird rates are in effect until May 15. Register today for this special event July 13-16 in Washington, DC. You can also book your hotels through the conference site.
- Enlist Your Community to Help You Get to the IC. Now is the time to start saving and start raising travel funds with this helpful sample letter. This letter is designed to help you garner funds locally due to the fact that your experience at the IC will be a benefit to your community. When you bring back what you’ve learned to your community, you widen the impact of the International Conference and engage in outreach. It’s a way to keep the power of the IC going, and it’s a way you demonstrate your leadership in your circles. A winning combination!
- Bob Dickerson Award. For more than 15 years, Bob Dickerson of Seattle was an inspiring RESULTS grassroots volunteer leader – tireless in his advocacy, unstinting in his encouragement and support of other activists, and a generous financial supporter of RESULTS’ work. At the IC, we seek to honor his spirit, found in our memories of him and found in the actions and attitudes of so many of our advocates. Nominate a fellow advocate today. Details are online, and the deadline to nominate is June 22.
- What’s on the Agenda? Check out the emerging schedule and make your plans! And watch this brief video which talks about the value of the IC in the words of past attendees!
News You Can Use
- Global Fund Advocacy Resources. At your next RESULTS meeting or gathering, write letters to the editor about support for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria using our monthly action sheet. You can pitch your paper with our new Global Fund editorial packet. Also, before you write, get inspired with this powerful piece by PBS NewsHour marking World TB Day.
- Thank you to everyone who donated and spread the word during Monthly Giving March. We’re excited to report that you unlocked the full $10,000 match! Twenty-five new donors joined the Investors in Change, contributing over $500/month (that’s $6,000/year)to support advocacy to fight poverty! You can still join them as an Investor in Change any time – every gift makes a huge difference!
- The REAL Change Fellowship 2019-20 Class Accepting Applications. The time to apply is winding down. Consider the online application for this leadership program for young leaders aged 18-30.
Next Congressional Recess: Starts week of April 15 (two weeks)
April 3, 8 pm ET. RESULTS Action Network Community of Practice. Join other Action Network Managers to learn and share best practices for building and managing a local Action Network. Join the webinar at https://results.zoom.us/j/427674133, or by phone via (929) 436-2866 or (669) 900-6833, meeting ID 427674133. You can also join our Facebook page, request to join the group listserv, and find resources online.
April 4, 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.
April 13, 2 pm ET. National Grassroots Webinar, Global Poverty Campaigns. Featuring Margaret McDonnell, Executive Director, UN Foundation’s Nothing But Nets campaign. Join at https://results.zoom.us/j/510407386. Or join by phone at (669) 900-6833 or (929) 436-2866, meeting ID 510407386.
April 15, 1 pm ET and 8 pm ET. RESULTS Global Free Agents Webinars (choose one). Join via https://results.zoom.us/j/285681999 or, by phone, dial (669) 900-6833 or (929) 436-2866, meeting ID 285681999.
April 18, 9 pm ET. Quiet Leadership. Continuing on the third Thursday of each month up until the International Conference, Regional Coordinator Misty Novitch is hosting an encore of the book club focusing on learning and practicing the coaching techniques explored in David Rock’s book Quiet Leadership. You can find the syllabus online. Questions? Contact Lisa Marchal, Global Grassroots Manager. To join, go to https://results.zoom.us/j/482992263. You can also join by phone at (929) 436-2866 or (669) 900-6833, meeting ID 482992263.
May. Spring Friends and Family Campaign. More on that to come.
June 4, 8 pm ET. Special national webinar on organizing with Dr. Hahrie Han. More details soon.
July 13-16. RESULTS International Conference. Grand Hyatt Washington (DC). Check out the information page and register before the May 15 earlybird deadline!
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- Report 2019 Actions
- 116th Congress Congressional Scorecard (coming soon). Use this tool to 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.