Global Poverty Weekly Update August 17, 2015
Global Poverty Campaigns
Weekly Update | August 17, 2015
This summer brought the introduction of S.1911, the Reach Every Mother and Child Act in the Senate, which works for the end of preventable maternal, newborn, and child deaths around the world. The bill text is online, and you can also track progress on cosponsorship. (We're first wanting to get 25 cosponsors, 10 of them Republicans, by the end of the year.)
You all have done a magnificent job alerting the Senate to the bill while it was pending, and now it's here for support! Use the action sheet to support your work making this powerful cosponsorship request of your senators. And stay tuned for work on a companion bill in the House.
Utilize the August recess – and this laser talk – to book face-to-face meetings while senators (and reps.) are back in-state and in-district. Ask for cosponsorship. Invite folks who are curious about your RESULTS work and care about maternal/child health to come along to any local meetings you book. State the case to Congress of why this legislation is smart, compassionate, and necessary.
Ready to write an op-ed in support of the new Senate maternal/child health bill? Our brand new MCH media toolkit can help you hone in on the local hook, the relevant facts . . . all that you need to use your unique voice and craft a potent piece of personal writing that makes the case for this legislation.
The toolkit has a whole host of other helps that are useful no matter what kind of media piece you want to write and pitch, so check it out!
Also, if you're on social media, keep track of hashtag #savemomsandkids for news of August events on Capitol Hill highlighting the national coalition (including RESULTS!) working on MCH. Watch for more news on Twitter (@RESULTS_Tweets) and on our Facebook page.
1. Final Days for International Conference Survey. The 2016 RESULTS International Conference is scheduled for June 25-28, 2016, so we're already just ten months away from the next installment of the greatest advocacy party of the year! Give us your input on the 2015 conference via our survey so we can make next year's version the best it can be.
2. Board Nominations. We are taking nominations for an open grassroots board member seat opening this fall as Beth Wilson, one of our outstanding grassroots board members (who is eligible for re-nomination), finishes her term. Nominations of candidates for the open grassroots board member position must reach the RESULTS office by Tuesday, September 15. We are encouraging participation from across the breadth of our organization. Candidates for the grassroots board members must be engaged in an active RESULTS group. Candidates can be nominated by others or can nominate themselves. Please email your nomination to [email protected] or call (202) 783-4800 x152.
Are you a current or incoming RESULTS group leader for a global campaigns group? Then this opportunity is just for you! These training retreats, to be repeated several times over the next year and highlighting our global health campaign work and group leader best practices, will help both veteran and soon-to-be group leaders sharpen their skills, gain even more confidence in their leadership, and build relationships and rapport with fellow leaders.
September 12, 2 pm ET. National Grassroots Webinar (Global Campaigns). Here is the login information (no registration necessary): https://www.fuzemeeting.com/fuze/f2988286/30204806. To join by phone only, dial (201) 479-4595, meeting ID 30204806.
September 21, 8 pm ET. RESULTS Free Agents (Global Campaigns). Are you a RESULTS activist with our global poverty campaigns, living in a town with no RESULTS group? You are alone no more! To join, go to http://fuze.me/27781074 or (201) 479-4595, meeting ID 27781074. Contact Lisa Marchal, Senior Global Grassroots Associate, for more information on this monthly gathering.
Resources at Your Fingertips
Advocacy Resources (Weekly updates, action sheets, online action alerts, and more)
Report Your 2015 Advocacy
2015 Global Congressional Scorecard (See global poverty actions your members of Congress have taken over the past few years.)
Who Are the New(est) Members of Congress? (scroll down page)
Quote of the Week
“[S.1911] should bring people together across party lines, and I hope we will be able to get [the Reach Every Mother and Child Act] signed into law this year.”
– Senator Susan Collins (R-ME)