Global Poverty Weekly Update February 27, 2017
Global Poverty Campaigns
Weekly Update | Week of February 27, 2017
“What drives me to stay involved with RESULTS is the feasibility of our goals and how working within the system is truly possible and effective. A representative democracy will not function without the feedback and engagement of those it represents.”
– Michelle Tawil, RESULTS Atlanta advocate
1. Make a Call to Congress Today. Yesterday the White House told reporters it hopes to slash funding from foreign aid and our fight against global poverty. Meanwhile, Congress is gearing up to attack critical nutrition and health care programs here in the United States. Use our online action alert to make a call today in support of this vital funding.
2. Joint U.S./Global Action Sheet. Moreover, since many of our advocates, even while focusing on global poverty priorities, wish to advocate on critically important domestic poverty issues, we want to support that, especially in this time of budget considerations. To that end, we've created a Joint Action Sheet for these late winter weeks that will help you take a dual-focused action if on global appropriations and U.S. safety net if you don't have the time to work through the U.S. and global action sheets separately. Take a look, share, and take action!
For this campaign, our goal is to have 100% of RESULTS groups and Free Agents meet face-to-face with their members of Congress or meet with local staff in person with participation by DC policy staff. The scoreboard is already filling up with completed and scheduled meetings. Check out the tally in real time on our First 100 Days resource page. #First100Days #RESULTS100
1. Take a look at our Appropriations page to get one-pagers on all our requests and submit those requests even this week. In addition to the one-pagers, you can grab a copy of the February Action Sheet and Advocacy Workshop Guide (scroll to the bottom of the Appropriations page). The action sheet will help you make those appropriations requests. Our appropriations page also has a laser talk and an FY17 appropriations summary for reference. Individual offices of members of Congress are already setting deadlines for receiving these requests, and we don't want those intra-office deadlines to catch us off guard. Prepare to make your requests today! You can even send your requests electronically and then follow up on your request by phone or – even better – with an in-person meeting!
2. Book Your Meetings with Your Members of Congress. Let us know of your planned member of Congress meetings through our online form. Use our February action sheet (scroll to the bottom of the Appropriations page) to reinforce your appropriations requests for FY18 with your members of Congress. Alternatively, you could meet with a new member of Congress to introduce your group to the office or even make a request about the READ Act. Prep for your meeting using top tips from our Activist Milestones.
3. Get Others Involved in a Quick Action They Can Take. Share our online action alert on appropriations with your social media network.
4. Track Our Collective Progress and celebrate our successes along the way on our First 100 Days tracker.
What Else Can You Do?
Outreach isn't just about building and holding events. It's having coffee with someone who wants to know more. It's inviting a new potential advocate to your local meeting, framed as an advocacy workshop by using our monthly action sheets which now come complete with a meeting guide. It's all of these things, and in this time of invigorated civic awareness, you and your fellow advocates are perfectly primed to bring interested folks into our critical advocacy work. Let's work toward 500 outreach moments in 2017!
The International Conference (IC) is roughly 5 months away. This allows you ample time to plan ahead, to ask a fellow advocate to attend, to help us work together to build a groundswell in DC in late July. We are in a moment of citizen advocacy. Don't let this opportunity pass you bya! Join us in our nation's capital July 22-25, 2017 and we'll head to Capitol Hill together, because Congress needs to hear from YOU. The RESULTS International Conference is a chance to use your voice to change the world. Together we’ll spend three days hearing from leading experts, learning new skills, and meeting fellow advocates committed to the end of poverty. Then we’ll take our message straight to Capitol Hill. Registration is now open at earlybird rates!
P.S. Use our new brochure to invite others to apply for the REAL Change program (which includes IC scholarship monies) or to invite anyone to the IC.
March 11, 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.
March 15, 9 pm ET. Creating Bi-Partisan Support for our Issues in our Communities: A Learning and Sharing Lab. Log in online: http://fuze.me/34116938 or via phone (201) 479-4595, meeting ID 34116938.
March 16, 8 pm ET. Race and Advocacy "Book Club" Webinar. Are you interested in exploring the critical relationship between advocacy and anti-oppression? Please join RESULTS for a virtual opportunity for a conversation around the book The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration In the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander. We invite you to this webinar beginning the discussion around systematic oppression in the United States and how it relates to our RESULTS global and U.S. poverty campaigns. To participate, log in at http://fuze.me/34326078 or dial in by phone (201) 479-4595, meeting ID 34326078.
March 16-17. Senate recess.
April 10-21. House and Senate recesses.
July 22-25. RESULTS International Conference in Washington DC at the Washington Court Hotel. Registration is open!
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.)