Global Poverty Weekly Update June 20, 2016

June 20, 2016

Global Poverty Campaigns

Weekly Update | Week of June 20, 2016

Quote of the Week

"It’s time to put an end to preventable maternal and child deaths. We have the power to do this."

– Matthew Pope, speaking about the Reach Act in the Daily Reporter (Greenfield, IN)  


Special Schedule Change Note for July

On July 9, we'll be joining the U.S. Poverty campaign advocates at the time of their usual monthly webinar/conference call – 12:30 pm ET. So our national grassroots webinar/conference call that day will be a joint "all call" with our whole national advocates network. It will be a wonderful time of sharing and celebrating across the network. Please note and plan for this one-time schedule change. Connection information is the same as always: Or to join by phone only, dial (201) 479-4595, meeting ID 30204806.

Livestreaming on Saturday and More: Be Part of the International Conference from Home!

Come to the International Conference to connect with advocates from all around the world. Come help us push the Reach Act toward passage. Come voice your support for robust replenishment of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria at the September 16 replenishment meeting in Canada. 

The House will be on recess while we're in DC, which means a particular opportunity to make Senate meetings happen—even face-to-face meetings! Meet the powerful schedulers in the offices of your representatives and senators in person. Then land that in-district or in-state meeting back home, too. Learn, and make a difference!

1. Would You Like Some Prep Tips? Take a look at our handy International Conference Checklist to make the most of this month leading up to the conference. You can also check out the conference FAQs for some great information, the recording of our recent IC Q&A webinar, and this snappy new blog post by Grassroots Board Member Cynthia Changyit Levin.  

2. What's Special About Coming to DC? You have the chance to look the scheduler in the eye, connect, and ask them to help you find a time to meet face-to-face with your member of Congress back in the district. You can deepen your relationship with House foreign policy aides or other congressional staff during a more relaxed point in the year. You can potentially go a bit deeper in conversation with legislative staff who specialize in our issues and request specific action. You can work now to set up a face-to-face meeting with a senator. What a great opportunity we will have!

3. Invite to the Lobby Day Reception. Invite your legislators and key aides to the reception that will cap off our conference. Click to find an invitation you can share. 

4. Information on Setting Up Lobby Day Meetings. 

5. Media Advisory/DC Correspondent Meeting Request. We have a media advisory that can be used right before or right after the conference. This advisory is ideal for community, campus, and neighborhood papers. We also have a meeting request for advocates from cities that have DC correspondents. You could request a meeting with the correspondent while in DC! Find both the sample advisory and the sample request on our conference resources page

6. Saturday Livestream, the IC on Twitter, and More! 

Calling on Congress to Move the Reach Act and Check Out the New Global Fund Replenishment Editorial Packet

1. Your work has been fantastic. We have surpassed our goal of 150 cosponsors on H.R. 3706, the Reach Act . . . and the number is still climbing! Absolutely marvelous work.

Also, you have gotten 313 media hits on the Reach Act coast-to-coast. Again, spectacular! So, the next moves: 

  • Keep placing media, as we need to gain media hits in Colorado, Kentucky, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Dakota, and Wyoming. Only six states to go! Check out our updated editorial packet and make that pitch to your editors or write and submit your letter to the editor.
  • Ask your members of Congress to encourage the leadership of the House Foreign Affairs and Senator Foreign Relations Committees to work on the Reach Act (H.R. 3706/S. 1911). Use our laser talk or our latest action sheet to make that request.  
  • Help that cosponsor number keep climbing. Ask your representative and/or senators to join the list of cosponsors today!

Check out the resources mentioned and more on our maternal/child health issue page as well as on our media toolkit page

2. Then, check out the new editorial packet we'll use as we launch our summer campaign to support Global Fund replenishment! (Stay tuned for more on that important campaign.)

Road to Rio Fundraising Challenge Extended

We need to kick our "race" into high gear, and we know we can do it! The money we raise will benefit the advocacy work we are already doing. This campaign is a fun and easy way for us to all be fundraisers and celebrate the global collaboration of the 2016 Summer Olympics being held in Rio de Janeiro. This is the first time we are coordinating with RESULTS affiliates in the UK and Canada on a collective fundraising effort. You can get started by setting up your personal friends and family page here: you need help setting up a page, contact Grassroots Fundraising Associate Jen DeFranco

What's more, through the incredible generosity of one of our board members and his family, between now and August 5 – deadline extended to the start of the Olympics! – if we collectively raise $35,000 through the Road to Rio Fundraising Challenge, an additional $15,000 contribution will be donated.

Don't Forget to Vote 

RESULTS & RESULTS Educational Fund is looking to fill one grassroots board position to serve a term of three (3) years beginning in July of 2016. (There are four grassroots board seats in total.) Grassroots board members represent the volunteer body on the Board of Directors and on the Executive Committee of the Board. It is the responsibility of the Board of Directors to work with the Executive Director in shaping the direction of RESULTS, advising on major policies for the organization, and providing fiduciary oversight. The Executive Committee of the Board is the primary governing body of the organization. Members meet frequently by conference call and are in communication via e-mail and telephone calls. Members must be able to participate at this level and are expected to chair or serve on a Board Committee(s) as well as participate in fundraising for the organization. Grassroots board members play a particular role in representing grassroots perspectives on the board.

Our grassroots board candidates include Tadeo Melean Weiner (Kansas City U.S. poverty group), Maxine Thomas (Indianapolis U.S. poverty group) and Charles Wallace (Austin global poverty group).

You may vote for one candidate. Remember voting ends Tuesday, July 5 at midnight ET. Click here to view candidate bios and statements. After you've reviewed the materials, click here to vote.  

Upcoming Learning and Action Opportunities

June 25-28. RESULTS 2016 International Conference. 

Next House Recess: Begins June 27

​Next Senate Recess: Begins July 1

July 9, 12:30 pm ET. National Webinar/Conference Call for Grassroots – Joint with U.S. and Global Campaigns. Login: Or to join by phone only, dial (201) 479-4595, meeting ID 30204806.

July 13, 9 pm ET. RESULTS Introductory Call. The perfect RESULTS primer. Contact us with any questions and RSVP for the call.

Resources at Your Fingertips

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