Global Poverty Weekly Update August 24, 2015
Global Poverty Campaigns
Weekly Update | August 24, 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.) 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.
This late summer recess ends September 8. Use the time – and this laser talk – to book face-to-face meetings while senators (and reps.) are back in-state and in-district. Ask for cosponsorship of S.1911 in the Senate. Or ask your representatives to become members of the new International Basic Education Caucus, the TB Elimination Caucus (currently 37 members) and the Global TB Caucus (over 500 parliamentarians currently).
Annual data on the world's progress in tackling maternal/child health (MCH) will be coming out in mid-September and will be one of our best news hooks of the fall. UNICEF's annual release of their child survival data, the Global Nutrition Report, and the Sustainable Development Goal Summit all happen in September. These are superb reasons to write! We'll share more details soon, but right now is the time to lay the groundwork both in starting your written drafts and in getting your local papers on board.
Another great media hook, available right now, is the bipartisan House letter to President Obama calling on him to maintain robust support for maternal and child survival programs in his 2017 budget, currently in formation. The recent letter had 105 total signers (including 21 Republicans). It was a true bipartisan showing far exceeding our goal of 60 total signers (including 20 Republicans).
Our brand new MCH media toolkit can help you hone local hooks and insert other relevant MCH facts . . . but the most valuable component is your unique voice, used to craft a personal piece that makes the case for the maternal/child health legislation on which we've been working so diligently. Take advantage of the last few weeks of summer and get writing!
RESULTS staff and volunteers are working across the country to bring new advocates to our movement to end poverty. Check out some of the exciting opportunities we have coming up. If you know people in any of these areas, please contact Amanda Beals to connect them with an event. Additionally, many of our groups have also started using key online tools and community partners to recruit in new areas too. For information on how to use VolunteerMatch or LinkedIn, or to learn how to engage with the American Medical Student Association (AMSA) to recruit new, high quality advocates, please contact Amanda. (Also contact Amanda if your group is actively doing general recruitment in a new area.) The expansion team is ready to support you!
Upcoming RESULTS Group Starts
Where grassroots outreach is happening:
1. 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.
2. #Savemomsandkids. That's the Twitter hashtag where a lot of maternal/child health buzz is happening.
3. Three New People. Are there three new people you could invite to your next RESULTS meeting? Are there three new people you could tell about RESULTS using our inspiring new laser talk? Who are your three new people who might become voices that help change the world?
4. Our Blog is Blazin'. Ten Senators have sent a letter applauding the Obama Administration for taking the first steps toward an action plan on drug-resistant TB. Video highlights from the International Conference are now available. Tiny tots took to the Hill to advocate for saving moms and kids everywhere. RESULTS was recently highlighted by Global Citizen. Check it out!
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
"Great things are done by a series of small things brought together."
– Vincent Van Gogh