Global Poverty Weekly Update August 7, 2017
Global Poverty Campaigns
Weekly Update | Week of August 7, 2017
"I am inspired to be an advocate by my family, my community, and the opportunities this world has to offer. Everyone deserves a happy and healthy life."
– Savannah Dysard, RESULTS advocate in Pennsylvania
Selamawit Adugna Bekele, a passionate education, youth, and gender activist from Ethiopia, will join us for the monthly national webinar/conference call on Saturday, August 12 at 2 pm ET.
Selamawit has worked as a teacher, community leader, and education advocate in her country, with a special focus on women and girls. Most recently, she was appointed a Global Youth Ambassador by A World at School, a diverse movement of youth, business leaders, influential individuals, NGOs, faith groups, and media aimed at making sure all children receive a quality education safe and free from discrimination. She is also a U.N. Representative for Moremi Initiative, a Ghana-based Pan-African organization for promoting young women's leadership and social justice in Africa, and serves as a Vital Voices Fellow, serving as a young leader in the global women's movement.
To join the webinar, log in at http://fuze.me/30204806. Or, to join by phone only, dial (201) 479-4595, meeting ID 30204806.
Both on our blog and at the International Conference, advocates have had a chance to hear about our Grassroots Board member candidates. 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.
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.
3. Your Incredible Advocacy So Far in 2017 (January-June). Keep Going!
1. House Resolution 466 on the Global Partnership for Education. Thanks in part to your incredible advocacy, there are currently 17 signers (including originator Rep. David Reichert of Washington state) on H.Res. 466 supporting the Global Partnership for Education. Is your representative on the list?
Reichert, Clay, Conyers, Donovan, Fitzpatrick, Gallego, Heck, Herrera Beutler, Holmes Norton, Larsen, Lowey, Napolitano, Lowey, Messer, Ross, Ryan, Soto, Thompson, Yarmuth
Keep those requests going out to your representatives so that we can significantly up that number when the House is comes back from recess. Check out the Town Hall Project to see where your legislators will be during August.
2. 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.
3. 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, and other options in between, 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 and make that activity your event focus. Or use the new August Action Sheet and companion meeting guide if you'd like to take action by writing your local paper.
4. Mark Your Calendar for an Important Discussion. 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. 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. We hope you will join us for a discussion exploring the relationship between intersectionality and poverty, to better understand the complex barriers faced by those living in poverty.
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. 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.
Advocacy Resources (Weekly updates, action sheets, online action alerts, and more)
Report 2017 Actions
2015 & 2016 Global Congressional Scorecards (See global poverty actions your members of Congress have taken 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.