Global Poverty Weekly Update June 19, 2017
Global Poverty Campaigns
Weekly Update | Week of June 19, 2017
"I have always been taught to stand up for the rights and needs of others. I became an advocate for RESULTS because I want to use my voice to create change."
– Jalileh Garcia, RESULTS Advocate
Recently, 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. This cannot stand. Too much is at stake.
1. Appropriations Work.
2. Submit a Letter to the Editor on the Budget. Take a few minutes to write a letter to the editor, then encourage your friends and family to write their own. Your voice matters.
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. *Please note – the guarantee for the conference hotel room block ends Thursday, June 22!*
1. Prepare. Run through this handy International Conference preparation checklist as we look forward to our time together in DC.
2. 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.
3. Nominate for the 2017 Bob Dickerson Award. Now is the time to nominate fellow grassroots advocates for the Dickerson Grassroots Leadership Award. This is your chance to nominate a RESULTS volunteer who deserves recognition for their leadership, courage, persistence, and commitment. For more than 15 years, Bob Dickerson (Seattle, WA) was an inspiring RESULTS grassroots volunteer leader – tireless in his advocacy, unstinting in his encouragement and support of other activists, and a generous financial supporter of RESULTS' work. Bob carried in his heart every day, a sense of what living in poverty means for people everywhere, and channeled that emotion into action. From forging strong relationships with members of Congress, to generating media, galvanizing local volunteers and calling his community to action, Bob proved that an individual can exercise their power as an advocate to create remarkable change in the world. Our volunteers are the bedrock of RESULTS, and Bob epitomizes the very best of what it means to be a grassroots advocate. Two RESULTS volunteers will be honored with this award at the 2017 RESULTS International Conference, July 22-25 in Washington, D.C. To nominate a grassroots volunteer, please email your nomination (no more than one page) to Mark Campbell by Friday June 30. Please include how this volunteer has contributed to achieving the mission of RESULTS, why they are a model for powerful citizen engagement, and why they inspire you.
4. 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.
5. Spread the Excitement. Use Twitter or Facebook to showcase your enthusiasm and boldly ask someone new to join us in DC this summer.
1. Senate READ Act. 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.
2. 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 this laser talk and make a call to your members of Congress about GPE, too.
3. 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. 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 the first 5 months of the year. That has us on pace for over 420 pieces this year! Moreoever, you have accomplished getting media published in 40 states plus DC.
3. 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.
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.