Global Poverty Weekly Update July 10, 2017
Global Poverty Campaigns
Weekly Update | Week of July 10, 2017
"I became an advocate because I wanted to be more involved in an organization that strives to make positive change. I really appreciate how genuine and dedicated everyone is to the RESULTS mission."
– Sunjay Menon, RESULTS advocate
Join us in our nation's capital July 22-25 for the RESULTS International Conference. Check out the current list of speakers as well as the current menu of workshops that will be available at this year's International Conference. We also have a growing support materials page for the conference.
*New!* Editable Media Advisory. Let your local papers know that you are going to DC to speak up for the end of extreme poverty. In this climate of reinvigorated civic engagement, you may be the story they are looking for! Use our template and make your pitch today.
*New* Download the 2017 RESULTS IC App! Stay connected with the conference https://attendify.com/app/n6cifj/. The app allows you to follow the agenda, orient yourself with interactive maps, get info on conference speakers and sponsors, receive conference updates and notifications on your phone, interact with other attendees on the activity feed, take surveys, and even donate to RESULTS.
Have to Miss the Conference This Year? Over the next two weeks, utilize the current action sheet to invite new advocates to take part in changing the world by asking Congress to speak to the Administration about a robust pledge to the Global Partnership for Education (GPE). As mentioned, the focus of this action sheet is writing a letter to your members of Congress – your representative and both your senators – that you can bring to DC with you to the International Conference and hand deliver. Write a single letter addressed to all of your legislators and make several copies, one for each office. Or write individual letters. Just write! Not attending the conference and need someone to deliver your letters? Ask your group leader or contact Lisa Marchal, Senior Global Grassroots Associate, directly for assistance. You can also pair the action sheet with this laser talk and make a call to your members of Congress about GPE, too.
You Can Make it to the Conference After All? Marvelous! Register today! We'll save a seat for you.
Helpful Preparation Tips
1. Check Your List. Run through this handy International Conference preparation checklist as we look forward to our time together in DC.
2. Participate in Lobby Prep. RESULTS groups all over the country are booking meetings with congressional offices – check out our sample meeting request letters – for our day on the Hill (July 25). As part of this, group leaders and their advocates are working with our policy staff to coordinate state-specific coaching calls in preparation for those meetings. Prep calls are already taking place, but a chance to get up to speed can be made available if you are attending the conference and can't make your state's particular call. Have a question about the process? Contact Lisa Marchal and we'll get those questions answered quickly and easily. (If you can't attend the conference, check with us to see if you can call into your state's booked Hill meetings to join remotely.)
3. Policy Briefs. Check back occasionally for updated policy briefs related to our asks for our day on the Hill.
4. Report Your Meetings! Once meetings are booked for our day on the Hill (July 25), please let us know they are happening by noting them in our online tracking document.
5. Reception. We have available a customizable invitation for our Advocacy Day (July 25) evening reception, to be held at our conference hotel. You' can invite congressional offices to join us for this special celebration. Find the invitation template online.
6. Sign up for Extra Training. Are you in DC the morning of July 22 or sticking around DC the Wednesday morning (July 26) after the conference? Come learn with others at an intensive session. Check out the details online and register for a spot.
7. Get Some Assistance. Global poverty advocates: apply for scholarship help – what we call "gap funding." And check out our conference FAQ for cost-saving tips on flights and more.
8. Spread the Excitement. Use Twitter or Facebook to showcase your enthusiasm and boldly ask someone new to join us in DC this summer.
9. Going Live. Next week, we expect to have information on a few sessions we may be able to livestream from the conference. Stay tuned!
10. Take Action. Watch for an action in your inbox on July 25, the day conference participants will be lobbying on the Hill. You can take action on the day as well!
1. RESULTS in the New York Times. Our organization – our mission, our method, our people – are custom-made for times like these. Read what David Bornstein of the New York Times had to say about us and about other efforts of civic engagement. Please share this piece with others, and then invite others to be part of what we're doing. We may be just the thing they are looking for!
2. The Town Hall Project. This great resource will help you know when one of your legislators will be holding a public forum in your area. What a super opportunity to bring up global poverty and ask their thoughts on it! (P.S. This process is called bird-dogging, and we have helpful tips on how to do it successfully.)
3. Grassroots Board Election. You have 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 August 9! Find information on the candidates and how to vote on our blog.
The Senate is taking up legislation that will make an incredible difference in the lives of girls and boys around the world. 250 million kids – nearly 40% of the world’s children – can’t read a single sentence. The Reinforcing Education Accountability in Development (READ) Act has been introduced by Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL), and this bill would make sure that the U.S. is working efficiently and effectively with developing countries to get more out-of-school children a quality education. The READ Act, formerly known as the Education for All Act, was already passed unanimously in the House earlier this year.
July 22-25. RESULTS International Conference in Washington, DC, at the Washington Court Hotel. Register today!
Mid-August-September 4. House and Senate Recesses.
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.
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.