Global Poverty Weekly Update August 28, 2017


August 28, 2017

Global Poverty Campaigns

Weekly Update | Week of August 28, 2017


Quote of the Week

"Being aware of social issues is not enough. We must exercise our democracy to bring the change we wish to see in our communities across the globe." 

– Mahima Karki, former RESULTS REAL Change Fellow from Boston


Quick Action

Take Action: We Need House Members to Cosponsor H.Res. 466 on Global Education


Leading with Action: Ask Your Rep. to Support Global Education Through H.Res. 466 

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:

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)." 

Thanks to your incredible advocacy, there are currently 20 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. 

Current House Cosponsors: Reichert, Clay, Conyers, DelBene, Donovan, Fitzpatrick, Gallego, Heck, Herrera Beutler, Holmes Norton, Larsen, Lewis, Lowey, Messer, Napolitano, Ross, Ryan, Soto, Thompson, Yarmuth

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New! Our new fact sheet offers even more background on the resolution.

New! Gather around for the September National Grassroots Webinar featuring Lisa Bender, Education in Emergencies Lead at UNICEF, who will be our special guest. Saturday, September 9 at 2 pm ET. Login: http://fuze.me/30204806. Or to join by phone only, dial (201) 479-4595, meeting ID 30204806. 

New! September 13, 9 pm ET. Webinar: The Global Partnership for Education: What Is It, and Why Do We Care? Login: http://fuze.me/35674518. Or dial (201) 479-4595, meeting ID 35674518.

Extra credit: We also need a lead Republican for the Senate version of the resolution. Will one of your senators lead? We can support you in making this ask. 


The First Step to Getting Published? Write! 

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. It's back-to-school time, so it's the perfect time for you to sharpen your pencil or fire up your laptop and get writing! 


Fall is the Perfect Time for an Outreach Meeting

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.


Inspiration For Us All

1. Condemning White Supremacy and Working for Equity. Read these recent potent words from Executive Director Joanne Carter in light of recent events in our nation. 

2. What Are You Accomplishing in 2017? So far . . . 

  • 152 face-to-face meetings with representatives, 40 face-to-face meetings with senators, and 604 congressional meetings overall

  • 237 outreach activities with 58% of groups participating

  • 273 piece of media 

3. How Does Our Work Help Bring Peace and Justice? A recent piece by the Global Partnership for Education tells us how. 

4. Congratulations New Grassroots Board Members. We’re excited to welcome Willie Dickerson and Steve McGee to serve three-year terms as representatives of the volunteer grassroots body. Read more about these terrific new leadership additions on our blog as we also express our gratitude to those grassroots board members ending their terms. 


Upcoming Learning and Action Opportunities  

Through Labor Day. House and Senate Recesses. 

September 9, 2 pm ET. National Webinar/Conference Call for Grassroots. Login: http://fuze.me/30204806. Or to join by phone only, dial (201) 479-4595, meeting ID 30204806. 

September 13, 9 pm ET. Webinar: The Global Partnership for Education: What Is It, and Why Do We Care? Login: http://fuze.me/35674518. Or dial (201) 479-4595, meeting ID 35674518.

September 13, 9 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.

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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