Global Poverty Weekly Update April 24, 2017
Global Poverty Campaigns
Weekly Update | Week of April 24, 2017
"I research issues related to inequality and health, and I always come back to policies and societal forces that shape how we live. Without a way to take action to change these policies, I feel really discouraged. I learned about RESULTS in a student group, and fell in love with the sense of empowerment I gained from taking action."
– RESULTS advocate Haley Medved Kendrick
But what's the tally for?
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.
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 in 2017!
Take advantage of our First 100 Days skills-building webinar series. Click to discover our webinar recordings for your on-demand learning.
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 (MCH) “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.
Current Signers for Senate Maternal and Child Health, Gavi, and Nutrition Letter (as of April 24) – 13 signers: Susan Collins (R-ME), Chris Coons (D-DE), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Maria Cantwell (D-WA), Mazie Hirono (D-HI), Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Chris Murphy (D-CT), Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Ron Wyden (D-OR)
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! Check out the current list of speakers as well as the current menu of workshops that will be available at this year's International Conference.
1. Our 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, but the earlybird rate ends May 15!
2. Invite Others! Use our new brochure to invite others to apply for the REAL Change program (which includes IC scholarship monies) by April 30 or to invite anyone to the IC before the earlybird rate goes away May 15. Then share your excitement on Twitter or Facebook and boldly ask someone new to join us in DC this summer.
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.
1. Race and Advocacy "Book Club" Webinar, Final Installment. April 27, 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. To participate, log in at http://fuze.me/34326078 or dial in by phone (201) 479-4595, meeting ID 34326078.
2. Ongoing Until April 30. REAL Change Fellowship. The 2017-18 REAL Change Fellowship for emerging leaders (age 18-30) is open for applications.
3. 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.
4. The Global Partnership for Education's (GPE) Case for Investment has been released. The report, "Fund Education: Shape the Future," was launched just last week, and our policy team will be offering more information soon on our advocacy around GPE's goal of securing $2 billion each year by 2020. Stay tuned!
5. RESULTS & RESULTS Educational Fund Grassroots Board Member Election. Would you like to take on a leadership role in governing our RESULTS community? Do you know someone who you think would be a strong voice for guiding our national organization? We are pleased to announce that we are now accepting nominations for the RESULTS & RESULTS Educational Fund Grassroots Board Member election, which will be held this summer. The two seats currently held by Vanessa Garcia and Cindy Changyit Levin will become vacant in July. This election will fill these seats, so that we continue to have four grassroots volunteers serving on our board. You can nominate someone who you think would be a strong voice representing RESULTS volunteers OR you can even nominate yourself if you want to take a bold new step in your leadership journey. Nominations will close on Sunday, May 28.
Ongoing Until April 30. REAL Change Fellowship. The 2017-18 REAL Change Fellowship for emerging leaders (age 18-30) is open for applications.
April 27, 8 pm ET. Race and Advocacy "Book Club" Webinar, Final Installment. The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration In the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander. To participate, log in at http://fuze.me/34326078 or dial in by phone (201) 479-4595, meeting ID 34326078.
May. Group Planning for the Remainder of 2017.
May 8-12. House Recess.
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. Earlybird Rate for the International Conference ENDS.
May 15-26. Friends & Family Fundraising Campaign.
May 28. Nominations Due for Grassroots Board Member Election.
May 29-June 2. Senate Recess.
July 22-25. RESULTS International Conference in Washington DC at the Washington Court Hotel. Registration is open!
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