Global Poverty Weekly Update June 12, 2017
Global Poverty Campaigns
Weekly Update | Week of June 12, 2017
"My sister inspired me to become an advocate. She talks loudly, clearly and powerfully to her state and local officials. I like seeing the human side to our democracy."
– Anne Child, RESULTS Regional Coordinator
1. Call Today. Senate Basic Education Letter. Led by Sen. Isakson (R-GA) and Sen. Feinstein (D-CA), this letter asks appropriators for robust funding for basic education. You'll find the full text of the letter on our website. *Deadline for signers is June 14*
2. Call This Week. Senate READ Act. As we speak, 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 Senate is expected to vote soon on the Reinforcing Education Accountability in Development (READ) Act, introduced by Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL). 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.
3. Can You Send a Number of Letters to Capitol Hill? Over the next few weeks, utilize the June 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 our new laser talk and make a call to your members of Congress about GPE, too.
4. Information. Have you seen the dedicated Global Partnership for Education issue page? Lots to read and share. You can also call up the recording, summary, and companion slides from the June 10 national webinar focused on the GPE.
1. Appropriations Work.
2. Write Your Paper About the Budget. Last week, the White House released a national budget that includes extreme, unprecedented cuts to foreign aid. It spells bad news for the fight against global poverty. Take a few minutes to write a letter to the editor, then encourage your friends and family to write their own. Together we can stop this – but only if we act now!
1. Help Us Unlock a $25,000 Match. Right now your gift to RESULTS will go even further! For the month of June only, a longtime RESULTS donor and volunteer will donate $1,000 for every new monthly donor – up to $25,000! Read more about this terrific opportunity on our website.
2. Your Superb Media Work. Your advocacy has yielded 176 pieces published in just 5 months. That has us on pace for over 420 pieces this year! Moreoever, you have accomplished getting media published in 40 states plus DC.
3. Motivation for Our Work. TB advocate, friend of RESULTS, true inspiration. Read about Zee Pinkerton!
4. Looking Ahead. July's national grassroots webinar (July 8) will focus on preparation for the International Conference, and, in August (August 12), we'll have special guest Selamawit Adugna Bekele, a passionate education, youth, and gender activist from Ethiopia.
1. Registration discount until midnight ET on Thursday, June 15!
To register as a RESULTS Volunteer, please follow these instructions:
1. Click here to visit our registration portal and register
2. Enter “First Name” “Last Name” “Email Address”
3. Select the Registration Type “RESULTS Volunteer Rate”
4. Complete the rest of the registration form
5. When prompted to, enter the discount code: FLASHRVOL
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. Who have you invited to attend? Can we cover all 50 states?
2. Get Geared Up. Run through this handy International Conference preparation checklist as we look forward to our time together in DC.
3. Pre- and Post-IC Intensives. 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.
4. Get Help Getting There. 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.
5. Share It. Use Twitter or Facebook to showcase your enthusiasm and boldly ask someone new to join us in DC this summer.
Twitter sample tweet: Feeling a call to action? Join @RESULTS_Tweets this summer in Washington and talk to Congress face-to-face. www.resultsconference.org
Facebook sample post: Congress needs to hear from you. This summer, meet with your representatives face-to-face. https://youtu.be/9HIQzUtpdM0. @RESULTS #Voices4RESULTS
July 3-7. House and Senate Recesses.
July 8, 2 pm ET. National Webinar/Conference Call for Grassroots. Login: http://fuze.me/30204806. Or to join by phone only, dial (201) 479-4595, meeting ID 30204806.
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.)
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.