Global Poverty Weekly Update June 5, 2017
Global Poverty Campaigns
Weekly Update | Week of June 5, 2017
Quote of the Week
"I became an advocate because I have known poverty and want to take action against it. Every RESULTS member I meet motivates me to advocate more!"
– Steven McGee, RESULTS Louisiana group leader
June 10 National Webinar, June Action Sheet, and Laser Talk: Global Partnership for Education
1. National Grassroots Webinar on Saturday, June 10 at 2 pm ET. Gather with your group, gather with fellow advocates . . . our focus this month will be supporting the vital Global Partership for Education (GPE). We're so pleased to have Sarah Beardmore, former RESULTS Education for All Manager and current Senior Strategy and Policy Specialist in the Secretariat of the Global Partnership for Education. To join, log in at http://fuze.me/30204806. Or to join by phone only, dial (201) 479-4595, meeting ID 30204806. This month's national webinar will be slightly shortened so that you can feel comfortable making an invitation to new people to join in and see what RESULTS is all about, and then take action by using the June Action Sheet to write letters to Congress about GPE. (For more on that, read on!)
2. June Action Sheet and Laser Talk. Utilize the June action sheet during your Saturday gathering for the national webinar – 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. As mentioned, the focus of this action sheet is similar to May's – 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.
3. Information Page. Have you seen the dedicated Global Partnership for Education issue page? Lots to read and share.
The Senate is Voting on the READ Act This Week. Call Now!
This week, 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 this week 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.
Critical Budget Work
1. 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!
2. Senate Global Fund/PEPFAR and Maternal/Child Health "Dear Colleague" Letters.
*PLEASE NOTE* Closure dates on these letters are very dynamic and have been changing. For the most up-to-date closure dates and signer lists, please consult our appropriations blog.
News and Notes
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. 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.
Still Time to Register: The 2017 RESULTS International Conference
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?
1. Read More About It. Enjoy the latest blog post outlining the excitement and learning that await you. Grow your knowledge with us in DC!
2. 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.
3. Share It. Use Twitter or Facebook to showcase your enthusiasm and boldly ask someone new to join us in DC this summer.
Upcoming Learning and Action Opportunities
June 10, 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.
June 14, 9 pm ET. RESULTS Introductory Call. The perfect RESULTS primer. Contact us with any questions and RSVP for the call.
July 3-7. House and Senate Recesses.
July 22-25. RESULTS International Conference in Washington DC at the Washington Court Hotel. Registration is open!
Resources at Your Fingertips
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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.