Global Poverty Weekly Update June 6, 2016
Global Poverty Campaigns
Weekly Update | Week of June 6, 2016
Quote of the Week
"Lots of people have gotten hopeless. When you realize that you can make a difference, it's like, 'Whoa.' This is all about citizen empowerment."
– Ed Greville, RESULTS PG County, inspiring his community in the Baltimore Sun, September 2015
This Saturday, Join Us and Dr. Rajiv Shah!
National Grassroots Webinar – Saturday, June 11, 2 pm ET. You won't want to miss the June national webinar/conference call for grassroots – global campaigns. Our invited guest is Dr. Rajiv Shah, former Administrator of USAID. Make plans with your group to gather, listen, learn, and participate. Login information: https://www.fuzemeeting.com/fuze/f2988286/30204806. To join by phone only, dial (201) 479-4595, meeting ID 30204806.
Newest Preparation Support for the 2016 RESULTS International Conference
"You know, everything that you wish or desire to dream (in) your life, it's very possible." – Loyce Maturu, Global Fund advocate and invited speaker for our International Conference, in the Brattleboro Reformer
Building and working for a world of health, hope, and possibility. That's what the International Conference is all about.
Come to the 2016 International Conference and help us push the Reach Act toward passage. Voice support for robust replenishment of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria at the September 16 replenishment meeting in Canada. (As you consider the upcoming Global Fund advocacy opportunity, take a look at this compelling piece on MDR-TB by Tom Murphy on the global health and poverty blog Humanosphere.)
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.
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. International Conference Q&A. Get your questions answered! June 13, 9 pm ET or June 17, 2 pm ET. Sign up online.
4. 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.
5. Financial Assistance Available. Learning, connecting, making change, having fun, making memories. That's what's in store for all of us in DC during International Conference! If you want to come to the International Conference but are finding it difficult to gather all of the resources necessary to attend, let us know what your need is via our online form. We’ll do our best to support you.
6. Information on Setting Up Lobby Day Meetings.
7. Pre-IC and Post-IC Intensives. We are offering two extra opportunities to gain skills and have an impact at the 2016 IC. Below are the details on each of the workshop. Please join us! Both workshops will take place at the Washington Court Hotel, the same location as the RESULTS International Conference. If you are interested, check out this online application form and details.
Pre-IC Workshop: Global Health Network Building. Friday June 24, 3-6 pm ET, then dinner.
Post-IC Workshop: We’re All in This Together: Global Fund Op-ed Writing Workshop. Wednesday June 29, 8:30 am-1:30 pm ET, including lunch.
8. Want to Find a Roommate for the Conference? Subscribe to the IC Help-Share Group by sending an email to [email protected] Then send a message requesting a roommate or offering room space. If you have questions on how the group works, contact Lisa Marchal, Senior Global Grassroots Associate.
The Reach Act: Have We Met Our 150 Goal?
We are so close to reaching our end-of-June goal, and this week, now that legislators are back from the Memorial Day recess, we will likely reach it. What's the goal? 150 cosponsors on H.R. 3706, the Reach Act!
Here are the specifics on our cosponsorship goal: our Reach Act Quarter 2 (April-June) goals: 150 cosponsors and 15 new Republicans on the House version of the bill. So far we have 148 cosponsors (58 of them Republicans, including the lead) . . . and 11 new Republicans. (And we have one-fifth of the Senate on S. 1911, with an even number of Republican and Democrat names on the list.) Fantastic! Almost there . . .
So, the next move. Now is the time for representatives and senators 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). Media is making the case, and you've almost placed media 43 states, plus Puerto Rico and Washington, DC. Can we fill in those final seven states as part of our campaign? Take a look at the map – perhaps you live in one of the states where we need to land media.
Check out these resources on our maternal/child health issue page as well as on our media toolkit page.
Road to Rio Fundraising Challenge
Recently RESULTS Executive Director Joanne Carter sent an email inviting all of you to join our Road to Rio Fundraising Challenge. We hope you have all signed up for this exciting campaign! 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: https://friendraising.donorpro.com/campaigns/322. If 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 June 26, if we collectively raise $35,000 through the Road to Rio Fundraising Challenge, an additional $15,000 contribution will be donated.
Board Election & Bob Dickerson Award (Final Call for Nominations)
1. 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.
2. Bob Dickerson of Seattle was a grassroots advocate with RESULTS for more than 15 years. He was tireless in his advocacy and generous in his financial support. Bob epitomized this the best of what it means to be a grassroots volunteer. You can send your nominations to [email protected] (deadline June 11). In your nomination, tell us who you want to nominate. Include how the volunteer has achieved the mission of RESULTS, why they are a powerful citizen advocate, and how they inspire you.
Upcoming Learning Opportunities
June 8, 9 pm ET. RESULTS Introductory Call. The perfect RESULTS primer. Contact us with any questions and RSVP for the call.
June 11, 2 pm ET. National Webinar/Conference Call for Grassroots – Global Campaigns. Login information: https://www.fuzemeeting.com/fuze/f2988286/30204806. To join by phone only, dial (201) 479-4595, meeting ID 30204806.
Next House Recess: Begins June 27
Next Senate Recess: Begins July 1
June 25-28. RESULTS 2016 International Conference.
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