Global Poverty Weekly Update July 6, 2015
Global Poverty Campaigns
Weekly Update | July 6, 2015
Rep. David Reichert (WA-8) is scheduled to be our guest speaker on the National Grassroots Call/Webinar for our global campaigns at 2 pm ET on Saturday, July 11. The topic? Our continuing maternal/child health campaign! Customize this half-page flyer to invite your fellow advocates to join in for a motivating, informative hour.
To register for the webinar: https://www.fuzemeeting.com/fuze/f2988286/29603538. To join by audio only: (201) 479-4595, passcode 29603538.
1. Book Your Meetings with Your Members of Congress for Lobby Day. Lobby Day is July 21, and we know that our maternal/child health campaign will be a priority issue we'll be discussing with our members of Congress. For convenience, you might try booking your Senate meetings for the morning and your House meetings for the afternoon. And please note: Group Leaders have already received information about the availability of our policy staff to meet with groups to help with Lobby Day preparation. (Need scheduling and meeting prep tips? Check out this activist milestone!)
2. Think Broadly and Enlist Others to Be Involved as You Prepare for Lobby Day. Are you being bold and booking meetings with members of Congress in neighboring districts? Are you reaching out to make courageous requests across the aisle so all parties have the opportunity to support our issues? Are you inviting those who can't attend the conference to write letters of support on our issues to their legislators and send them with you to be hand-delivered?
4. Report Your Lobby Day Meetings When They're Scheduled. Once you've booked your meetings, report them via our online form.
5. Plan Your Lobby Day Meetings With Your Group. Use our newly updated form to help with that planning.
6. Dig Into Our Campaigns Info for Your Lobby Planning. Check out our campaigns briefing materials, prepared especially for the conference!
7. Invite Your Members of Congress to the Lobby Day Reception. Customize this invitation and ask your members of Congress to join you (and us) at the July 21 Lobby Day evening reception that will cap off the end of a terrific day of advocating on the Hill.
8. Need to Find Roommates for the Conference? Want to create a carpool? Seeking other logistics advice? This is the place! Subscribe to the IC Help Share e-list by sending an email to [email protected].
If you've been around RESULTS this spring and summer, you know that maternal/child health legislation in the Senate and the House is forthcoming. But building incredible political will begins now. It's the preliminary work we can do to help move the legislation toward success once it's introduced. So don't hesitate to get started!
First, YOU. Have you written your local newspaper and/or spoken to your member(s) of Congress about the importance of maternal/child health and the upcoming legislation? Here are your resources:
Next, Your Community.
1. The International Basic Education Caucus Has Launched in the House. And we were part of it! Read all about the launch and what's ahead on our blog.
2. Share Your Opinion. Missed the chance earlier this month to weigh in on our survey for grassroots advocates? Here's your chance to take part! The online survey remains open for your input, so share your thoughts with us today.
3. Malala Day on July 12. Books, not bullets. "U.S. politicians have a choice to make: they can either invest in military and war or in education and hope. Without education it's impossible to achieve the peace we all seek. Education for all is the only answer," she said. This year, Malala Yousafzai turns 18 – but she does not want birthday wishes. She wants action. Leading up to and on July 12, post a selfie of holding up your favorite book on social media and share why you choose #BooksNotBullets – and why world leaders should, too. When Malala speaks to world leaders on her birthday on July 12, she'll share the power of all our voices and urge leaders to take real action.
4. A Path Appears. RESULTS is featured on the A Path Appears blog! This great piece, written by our own Colin Smith, Director of Communications, begins this way: "A friend of mine took her first job in a congressional office this spring, after many years working in D.C. “What surprised you most behind the scenes on Capitol Hill?” I asked her just a few weeks into the new role. Without missing a beat, she answered, 'How much influence just one constituent can have.'" Read more online.
July 9, 1 pm ET. Advocacy 101 Training and What to Expect at the International Conference. To join the meeting online, go to https://www.fuzemeeting.com/fuze/f2988286/28699630. To join by phone, dial (201) 479-4595, passcode 28699630.
July 11, 2 pm ET. National Grassroots Webinar (Global Campaigns). To register for the webinar: https://www.fuzemeeting.com/fuze/f2988286/29603538. To join by audio only: (201) 479-4595, passcode 29603538.
July 18-21. RESULTS International Conference in Washington, DC. Registration is open.
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Quote of the Week
"U.S. politicians have a choice to make: they can either invest in military and war or in education and hope. Without education it's impossible to achieve the peace we all seek. Education for all is the only answer."
– Nobel Peace Prize laureate Malala Yousafazai