Global Poverty Weekly Update August 15, 2017
Global Poverty Campaigns
Weekly Update | Week of August 14, 2017
"My brothers can’t afford to buy food. I am struggling to become educated so I can help my family. I have realized that it is only education that can change things for me."
– Harrison Nyamawi, Kenyan Student from GPE Website
There is a global crisis in education–263 million kids who should be in grade, middle, or high school are not. And many others with some school still can't read because of poor quality education. The data seems dire, but this is a vast improvement over how it was 10 years ago, and the US has been key in that progress. We must ensure that the US continues to lead on global education. We can do this by educating our Representatives on the Global Partnership for Education (GPE), and getting them to voice their support for it. Here are actions you can take:
2 Minute Action. Use our online action to ask your representative to cosponsor House Resolution 466, "Supporting the role of the United States in promoting children's access to quality education in the poorest countries through the Global Partnership for Education (GPE)." You can write an email, Tweet at them, and post on their Facebook page using our online action.
15 Minute Action. Use our August Action Sheet on Writing a letter to the editor on GPE to write and submit a letter to the editor, educating the public, and calling on your representative to take action.
Now more than ever, it's important to look boldly at the reality of race and gender bias — and understand how the two can combine to create even more harm. Kimberlé Crenshaw uses the term "intersectionality" to describe this phenomenon; as she says, if you're standing in the path of multiple forms of exclusion, you're likely to get hit by both. In this moving talk, she calls on us to bear witness to this reality and speak up for victims of prejudice. Watch the TED talk before joining here, and join us on Wednesday, August 16 at 8:30-9:30 pm ET via Fuze: http://fuze.me/34326078, or dial in by phone: (201) 479-4595 Meeting ID: 34326078#. You can download the Fuze application here.
1. Senate Passes READ Act. Your advocacy was a key part of a long-sought victory. RESULTS applauds the Senate for passing the READ Act, legislation that will improve the lives of millions of children around the world who don’t have access to a quality education. The READ Act (Reinforcing Education Accountability in Development Act, H.R. 601) will ensure that U.S. investments in global basic education are having the greatest impact, while also advancing quality education services for children affected by conflict or emergencies. In addition, the bill will strengthen the accountability and transparency of global education programs to ensure that every dollar is spent wisely. Read more about this spectacular victory – and what the next steps are – in our newsroom.
2. Reach Every Mother and Child Act. On August 2, the Reach Every Mother and Child Act (S. 1730) was reintroduced in the Senate. In the words of our executive director, Joanne Carter, "“The opportunity and the imperative to help end preventable child and maternal deaths can unite us across borders and across party lines.” Read more on our blog. Use our laser talk to call and ask your Senators to cosponsor S. 1730.
1. House Resolution 466 on the Global Partnership for Education (H.Res 466). Thanks to your incredible advocacy, there are currently 18 cosponsors (including originator Rep. David Reichert of Washington state) on H.Res. 466 supporting the Global Partnership for Education. Is your representative on the list? Get a "yes" answer from them during the August recess and let us know. We also need a lead Republican for the Senate version of the resolution. Will one of your senators lead?
Current House Cosponsors: Reichert, Clay, Conyers, Donovan, Fitzpatrick, Gallego, Heck, Herrera Beutler, Holmes Norton, Larsen, Lowey, Napolitano, Lowey, Messer, Ross, Ryan, Soto, Thompson, Yarmuth
2. Continue working for in-district meetings by contact House and Senate schedulers. Check out the Town Hall Project to see where your legislators will be during August.
3. Report Your International Conference Hill Meetings and Enjoy Photos. Take a few moments to make sure the outcomes of your fabulous work on the Hill are recorded so we can build on what you achieved. And after you're done, take a look at some wonderful photos from the International Conference on our Flickr page.
4. Use the July or August Action Sheet. You've got inspiring tales of empowerment and success to tell, and people will want to be part of what you're up to. Plus, we're making our way toward our 2017 goal of 500 outreach events. From setting up a coffee with a prospective advocate to a full outreach event, use your creativity to share about the "Voices That Change the World." Use the July Action Sheet and companion meeting guide if you want to write your members of Congress about the Global Partnership for Education. Or use the new August Action Sheet and companion meeting guide if you'd like to take action by writing your local paper.
August 9. Grassroots Board Election. Don't miss the opportunity to vote for two fellow RESULTS volunteers to represent the grassroots on the boards of RESULTS and RESULTS Educational Fund. This is a very important decision and we have great candidates. Now, we just need your vote by midnight ET on August 9! Find information on the candidates and how to vote on our blog.
August 12, 2 pm ET. National Webinar/Conference Call for Grassroots featuring special guest Selamawit Adugna Bekele, a passionate education, youth, and gender activist from Ethiopia. National Webinar/Conference Call for Grassroots. Login: http://fuze.me/30204806. Or to join by phone only, dial (201) 479-4595, meeting ID 30204806.
August 16, 8:30-9:30 pm ET. Webinar: "Examining Intersectionality." Wednesday, August 16, 8:30-9:30 pm ET. A continuation of RESULTS' work examining oppression, privilege, and how we can move forward as an organization that is progressively more inclusive and barrier-free. To prepare, check out Kimberlé Crenshaw's Ted Talk on the subject. To join the webinar, log in to http://fuze.me/34326078 or dial in by phone to (201) 479-4595, passcode 34326078.
August 25, 1 pm ET. RESULTS Introductory Call. The perfect RESULTS primer for people newly interested in RESULTS. Contact us with any questions and have folks RSVP for the call.
All of August. House and Senate Recesses.
December 31. Last Day for Leaders for Action. We have had a group of generous donors step up to create our Leaders for Action Matching Fund. All donations made through the end of 2017 will be matched dollar for dollar up to $100,000 thanks for Leaders for Action! Donate today.
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Report 2017 Actions
115th Congress Congressional Scorecards: See global poverty actions your members of Congress have taken this year and over the past few years.
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.