Global Poverty Weekly Update February 1, 2016


February 1, 2016

Global Poverty Campaigns

Weekly Update | Week of February 1, 2016

Quote of the Week

“We have a historic opportunity to put an end to the preventable death[s of] mothers and children by 2035.” – Amanda Beals, RESULTS Global Grassroots Expansion Manager 

Appropriations: We Have a Limited Time Frame for Action-Taking

Other Actions for February: Conference Call, Group Planning, Advocacy 101, International Conference

1. Dr. Mark Dybul on February 13. Join the February national webinar for grassroots, global campaigns. 2 pm ET on Saturday, February 13. You'll benefit immensely from hearing from our incredible special guest Dr. Mark Dybul, executive director of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. Dr. Dybul is arguably the best voice on the TB/HIV pandemic in the world, so you won't want to miss this webinar. Login information: https://www.fuzemeeting.com/fuze/f2988286/30204806. To join by phone only, dial (201) 479-4595, meeting ID 30204806.

2. Finish Group Planning. Find the group planning materials on our website. You will also find a link to the Global Grassroots Calendar, which will be updated on an ongoing basis. Please submit your completed group plans to your Regional Coordinator as soon as possible.​ 

3. Advocacy 101 Webinar. February 8, 2 pm ET. The most effective strategy to influence policymakers is face-to-face visits between local constituents and members of Congress. The Congressional Management Foundation (CMF) asked congressional staff what kinds of contact make the biggest impact on members of Congress, especially when they have not made up their mind on an issue. Respondents overwhelmingly said that in-person visits from constituents made the biggest difference; 97 percent for visits to DC offices and 94 percent for visits to district offices – more influential than paid lobbyists! This training will overview the basics on how to secure an in-district lobby meeting and make sure the meeting is a success.  We'll also touch on resources to help you prepare to make the most of this opportunity! To connect, log onto https://www.fuzemeeting.com/fuze/f2988286/31404402. To join by phone, dial (201) 479-4595, meeting ID 31404402. 

4. What Are You Doing the Last Week of June? Join us in DC for the 2016 International Conference! Watch for more information as plans unfold. 

The Reach Act: Goals for the End of March

Don't stop now!

29 Republicans and 37 Democrats are now on on H.R.3706, the House version of the Reach Act. Can we get to 100 cosponsors, with a balance of Republicans and Democrats, by the end March? We now have 12 cosponsors on S.1911, the Senate version of the Reach Act, again with a balance of Republicans and Democrats. We want to get to 25 by the end of March. Furthermore, we have generated over 200 pieces of media in 36 states on the Reach Act. We want to get media in all 50 states as soon as we can.

How do we get to the 100/25/50 goals? 

1. Book meetings with your legislators to discuss the Reach Act and make your requests. 

2. Call your representative about the Reach Act. Ask Democrats to bring along a Republican colleague.

3. Or write your senators! Again, ask Democrats to bring along a Republican colleague.

4. Even write your local paper! Have you tweeted out your latest published piece?

Advocate Strength: New Groups and Group Leader Training

1. Read Up on Our New Group Starts Across the Network! New Hampshire, Delaware, Kansas, Oklahoma . . . RESULTS groups are sprouting up everywhere. Read all about it! 

2. Current and Incoming Global Group Leaders: Come To a Fall Training! We have a terrific opportunity for leaders of global poverty campaigns groups to spend a weekend sharpening skills and building camaraderie. Two trainings happened in 2015, and the Apriil 2016 training is already full, but there are still plenty of slots for our two September trainings. Sign up online.  

Upcoming Learning Opportunities

February 8, 2 pm ET. Advocacy 101 Webinar. This training will overview the basics on how to secure an in-district lobby meeting and make sure the meeting is a success.  We'll also touch on resources to help you prepare to make the most of this opportunity! To connect, log onto https://www.fuzemeeting.com/fuze/f2988286/31404402. To join by phone, dial (201) 479-4595, meeting ID 31404402. 

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

February 13, 2 pm ET. Join the February national webinar for grassroots, global campaigns. Special guest: Dr. Mark Dybul, executive director of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. Login information: https://www.fuzemeeting.com/fuze/f2988286/30204806. To join by phone only, dial (201) 479-4595, meeting ID 30204806.

February 26, 1 pm ET. RESULTS Introductory Call. The perfect RESULTS primer. Contact us with any questions and RSVP for the call.

June 25-28. RESULTS 2016 International Conference. 

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