Global Poverty Weekly Update August 8, 2016


August 8, 2016

Global Poverty Campaigns

Weekly Update | Week of August 8, 2016

Quote of the Week

"To quote Bill Gates, 'Put simply: the Global Fund isn't just one of the kindest things people have ever done for each other – it's also one of the smartest investments the world has ever made.'"

– David Schubert of RESULTS Houston, advocating for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, in the Houston Chronicle

National Grassroots Webinar This Saturday, August 13

Plan now for the August National Grassroots Webinar/Conference Call for our global campaign work on Saturday, August 13 at 2 pm ET.

Our guest will be Thokozile Phiri, powerhouse TB-HIV advocate. Login: https://www.fuzemeeting.com/fuze/f2988286/30204806. Or to join by phone only, dial (201) 479-4595, meeting ID 30204806. (Want to download the Fuze app to your desktop or phone? Go to https://www.fuze.com/download

P.S. If you attended our July joint webinar with our entire U.S. grassroots network, you heard of the fun of the International Conference this year. Check out our wrap-up on the biggest International Conference to date!

Take Action in the Run-up to the September 16 Global Fund Replenishment Meeting 

The Global Fund now has a plan to help save 8 million lives and prevent 300 million new infections from HIV, TB and malaria by 2020. It will do this by supporting countries to scale up proven treatments, target the people who need it most, and work with local communities to make sure every dollar is maximized. Now it’s up to world leaders to invest the $13 billion it will take to put that plan into action. 

  • Has your local paper written on the important of the Global Fund this year? Now's the perfect time as we anticipate and work for a strong showing by the U.S. at the fall Global Fund replenishment meeting. Check out the editorial packet we are using to support Global Fund replenishment! 
  • Take a look at the July Action Sheet designed to help you write a letter to the editor about why the U.S. must support the Global Fund! And now the August Action Sheet is out, designed to help you ask your member of the House to weigh in on support of the Global Fund.
  • Plan now for the August National Grassroots Webinar/Conference Call for our global campaign work. Our guest will be Thokozile Phiri, powerhouse TB-HIV advocate. Login: https://www.fuzemeeting.com/fuze/f2988286/30204806. Or to join by phone only, dial (201) 479-4595, meeting ID 30204806. 
  • Take a look at other Global Fund advocacy resources (House caucuses and Washington State delegation weighing in, Global Fund Senate letter, useful videos, etc.) on our website. 
  • Also, read this new blogpost from our TB Advocacy Officer David Bryden titled "A Reason for Optimism for TB Advocates."

Will Your Legislator Cosponsor the Reach Act After the Recess Ends?

1. We have 176 cosponsors (including leads) on H.R.3706 and 26 cosponsors (including leads) on S.1911, the Reach Act. You have done spectacular work! So, the next moves: 

  • Ask your representative and/or senators to join the list of cosponsors at an in-district or in-state meeting. Maybe your member of Congress would be interested, as they have showed interest in this issue area via their support of the Global Food Security Act or by virtue of members in the House Women's Caucus. Remember: cosponsors can officially be added once the congressional recess is over
  • Ask your members of Congress to encourage the leadership of the House Foreign Affairs and Senator Foreign Relations Committees to work on the Reach Act (H.R. 3706/S.1911). Use our laser talk or this action sheet to make that request.  
  • Keep placing media, as we need to gain media hits in Colorado and Nevada. When we do that, we'll have gotten Reach Act media published in all 50 states! Check out our updated editorial packet and make that pitch to your editors or write and submit your letter to the editor.

Check out the resources mentioned and more on our maternal/child health issue page as well as on our media toolkit page

In-District Meetings and Town Halls – Join Our How-To Webinar

Step One: Interested in meeting with your members of Congress Looking to learn more about how to engage fall election candidates on our issues? We have a treasure trove of information to share. Join us on August 16 at 9 pm. To log in, go to http://fuze.me/33195710. To join by phone, dial (201) 479-4595, meeting ID 33195710. Let us know of the town hall or in-district meetings you're planning for by entering the information into this handy spreadsheet. If we have Reach Act coalition partners and allies in your area, we can pair you with them for a meeting more easily that way (if you're interested in that). 

​Step Two: Consult this growing list of town halls around the country. Then, if you attend one, let us know what happened! Please report your meetings this summer right after they happen, and catch up on any missed meetings, as this information is extremely valuable to our advocacy progress and process as a wholeThink about the outreach you did to House and Senate offices as the conference concluded, and make a plan soon with your team to follow up with each office with whom you met. Then please report each of your lobby meetings through this reporting formYou might want to have copies handy of some of the support materials we had at the International Conference related to the Reach Every Mother and Child Act as well as the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, and you'll find them on our website.

Road to Rio: Victory!

We did it! With your help we exceeded our Road to Rio goal and unlocked the $15,000 match, raising a total of $57,403! We couldn't have done this without you. RESULTS Executive Director Joanne Carter wanted to thank you directly. Watch her video message. 

Upcoming Learning and Action Opportunities

August 10, 9 pm ET. RESULTS Introductory Call. The perfect RESULTS primer. Contact us with any questions and RSVP for the call.

August 13, 2 pm ET. National Webinar/Conference Call for Grassroots. Login: https://www.fuzemeeting.com/fuze/f2988286/30204806. Or to join by phone only, dial (201) 479-4595, meeting ID 30204806.

August 16, 9 pm ET. Candidate Engagement Webinar. To log in, go to http://fuze.me/33195710. To join by phone, dial (201) 479-4595, meeting ID 33195710.  

House and Senate return in about 4 weeks. 

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