Global Poverty Weekly Update April 10, 2017
Global Poverty Campaigns
Weekly Update | Week of April 10, 2017
"I'm passionate about promoting equality and justice for all. Whether you live in one of the wealthiest nations in the world or the poorest, there are high levels of inequality. The more people working together, the better!"
– Judy Hamilton, RESULTS Charleston (WV)
1. Editorial Packet. Earlier this spring, the White House released a budget blueprint that would slash U.S. investments in the fight against poverty around the world. Pitch this editorial packet to your local editor, asking them to issue a call for the preservation of this vital funding.
2. April Action Sheet Focused on the Senate. Now is the time to urge members of Congress to voice their support for protecting and increasing funding for anti-poverty programs in global health and education for fiscal year 2018. The House has completed the official process for weighing in, so now we turn our attention to the Senate. There are two key actions RESULTS advocates can take with their senators: 1) Ask your Senators to make a personal appropriations request to the State and Foreign Operations Appropriations Subcommittee (SFOPS) leadership and 2) ask your Senator to sign on to a maternal/child health “Dear Colleague” letter. Check out the PDF and Word versions of this Action Sheet and utilize at your next meeting so you can enroll your group and new invitees to take action.
1. Advocacy Workshop Guide and April 12 Webinar. We face a unique opportunity at this moment. Countless people are waking up to the fact that apathy and disengagement are no longer an option in our political process. They want to get involved, but they don’t know what to do or how to do it. RESULTS volunteers serve as the model of what an engaged, informed citizen looks like. Sharing that experience with others will bring new people into our groups and strengthen the democratic process. As you may have discovered already, we are supporting you to engage people in your community each month with the monthly Action Sheet by automatically attaching an accompanying sample meeting agenda. But are also finding that community groups are interested in more comprehensive training.
3. Race and Advocacy "Book Club" Webinar. April 13, 8 pm ET. Are you interested in exploring the critical relationship between advocacy and anti-oppression? Please join RESULTS for a virtual opportunity for a conversation around the book The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration In the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander. We invite you to this webinar beginning the discussion around systematic oppression in the United States and how it relates to our RESULTS global and U.S. poverty campaigns. Chapters four and five (correction) will be discussed during this installment. To participate, log in at http://fuze.me/34326078 or dial in by phone (201) 479-4595, meeting ID 34326078. Final date: April 27.
4. World TB Day/Week Round-Up. The week of World TB Day we saw an intense effort to educate and inspire members of Congress. Read about what was done, what was accomplished, and what's ahead in a blog post (corrected link) by TB Advocacy Officer David Bryden.
5. RESULTS Launches New Report, “From Free to Fee,” in Kenya. Recently, the East African Center for Human Rights (EACHRights) and RESULTS Educational Fund in partnership with the Global Initiative for Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights (GI-ESCR) launched two reports in Kenya. The reports were launched as part of community meetings through which both organizations sought to bring back the results of their reports to the communities where the field research had taken place. The events provided a space for dialogue and the opportunity for all actors involved to commit to work together to ensure the realization of the right to free, quality education for every child. Read more online.
Our goal is to have 100% of RESULTS groups and Free Agents meet face-to-face with their members of Congress or meet with local staff in person with participation by DC policy staff by the end of April. The scoreboard is looking great with completed and scheduled meetings. Check out the tally in real time on our First 100 Days resource page. #First100Days #RESULTS100
When You Meet . . . Take the Senate Maternal/Child Health Sign-on Letter and Ask for a Signature. The Senate "Dear Colleague" letter asks appropriators for robust funding for maternal and child health, Gavi, and nutrition to support ending preventable maternal and child deaths. The deadline for signing this bipartisan letter is now TBD, but we absolutely don't want to wait. Check out the letter and ask your senators to sign today!
As Part of the First 100 Days, Reach Out to Your Community. It's having coffee with someone who wants to know more. It's inviting a new potential advocate to your local meeting, framed as an advocacy workshop by using our monthly action sheets and sample meeting guide – like the March Action Sheet (also in PDF) helping you write a letter to the editor about appropriations. It's all of these things, and in this time of invigorated civic awareness, you and your fellow advocates are perfectly primed to bring interested folks into our critical advocacy work. Report an outreach activity using our handy form. Help us get to 500 outreach moments!
One Last Thing: Ask an interested friend, neighbor, or family member to write a letter to the editor that asks for support for a budget that prioritizes our global anti-poverty programs.
Dr. Jim Yong Kim, President, World Bank Group . . . Ann M. Simmons, writer and editor at the Los Angeles Times . . . U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown . . . Pam Fessler, Correspondent, NPR National Desk . . . and more. These are some of the speakers you'll be able to see and hear at this year's International Conference! And take a look at the growing menu of workshops that will be available at this year's International Conference.
1. Who have you invited? Use our new brochure to invite others to apply for the REAL Change program (which includes IC scholarship monies) or to invite anyone to the IC. Then share your excitement on Twitter or Facebook and boldly ask someone new to join us in DC this summer.
2. Our new International Conference video. Check it out! It shows you all the reasons you and those you are inviting should make the investment to join us in our nation's capital July 22-25. The RESULTS International Conference (IC) is a chance to use your voice to change the world. Registration is now open at earlybird rates!
3. Help getting to the conference. Global poverty advocates: apply for scholarship help – what we call "gap funding"! And check out our conference FAQ for cost-saving tips on flights and more.
Ongoing Until April 30. REAL Change Fellowship. The 2017-18 REAL Change Fellowship for emerging leaders (age 18-30) is open for applications.
April 10-21. House and Senate recesses.
April 12, 9 pm ET. It's Go Time: Tools and Practices for Engaging Your Community in Advocacy Webinar. To join, log in at http://fuze.me/34577774 or dial in at (201) 479-4595, meeting ID 34577774.
May 13, 2 pm ET. National Webinar/Conference Call for Grassroots. Login: https://www.fuzemeeting.com/fuze/f2988286/30204806. Or to join by phone only, dial (201) 479-4595, meeting ID 30204806.
May 15-26. Friends & Family Fundraising Campaign
July 22-25. RESULTS International Conference in Washington DC at the Washington Court Hotel. Registration is open!
Advocacy Resources (Weekly updates, action sheets, online action alerts, and more)
Report 2017 Actions
2015 & 2016 Global Congressional Scorecards (See global poverty actions your members of Congress have taken over the past few years.)