Global Poverty Weekly Update March 14, 2016

March 14, 2016

Global Poverty Campaigns

Weekly Update | Week of March 14, 2016

Quote of the Week

"The bipartisan Reach Every Mother and Child Act lays out a coordinated and strategic plan to end preventable deaths of moms and children across the world. It is an example of how good things can happen and are happening because people set aside their differences to do what is right for the world."

– Laura Leslie, RESULTS advocate 


Make Your Final Phone Calls: Appropriations

In addition to the specific appropriations requests you all worked hard to submit to your members of Congress, we have just a couple of days capitalize on an extra now a new layer of opportuniy: sign-on letters

A sign-on letter is circulated by members of Congress (like a petition) to get other members of Congress to sign on to show their support for an issue (also called a “Dear Colleague”). These letters can have a lot of sway with appropriators when a strong number of their colleagues are asking them to support a cause, especially if there is bipartisan support!

We now have eight letters to appropriators now circulating in Congress (four in the Senate and four in the House) supporting our issues. Thanks to an updated blog post by Senior Policy Associate Crickett Nicovich, you can read about each letter (who is leading on the letter, what it's requesting, who has signed on already, and even the history of supporters on similar letters).

The time to review the letters and act is today. Deadlines to keep in mind (although one last phone call this week wouldn't hurt!):

  • Senate deadline for signing onto the Global Fund and PEPFAR letter is March 15
  • Senate deadline for signing onto the Maternal/Child Health, Gavi, and Nutrition letter is March 16
  • Senate deadline for signing onto Global Partnership for Education letter is March 16
  • Senate deadline for signing onto the tuberculosis letter is March 15
  • House deadline for signing onto Global Fund and PEPFAR letter is March 16
  • House deadline for signing onto Maternal/Child Health, Gavi, and Nutrition letter is March 16
  • House deadline for signing onto Global Partnership for Education letter is March 16
  • House deadline for signing onto the bilateral TB letter is March 17

For complete information on appropriations sign-on letters and how to take action on them, check out our updated blog post by Senior Policy Associate Crickett Nicovich. Or want to know more about how appropriations even works? Check out this informative infographic on our website. 

World TB Day Outreach Webinar!

Webinar. We’ll have two special webinars on March 23 designed to help you have an interesting and informative outreach meeting as we mark World TB Day on March 24. 

  • Choose your time – 8 p.m. ET or 9 p.m. ET on March 23. Each webinar will be identical and will last 30 minutes. Each will feature the powerful story of surviving tuberculosis as told by our guests Tony and Karen Corner, new TB eradication ambassadors from Colorado. The webinar will also feature our own David Bryden, our Stop TB Partnership Liaison who will offer insights on where we are in the effort to put the TB epidemic into the history books. Based on your time zone, choose your webinar and work your agenda around it. The webinar portion of the evening could be at the beginning, middle, or end of your gathering. (Need to hold your outreach meeting later? No problem – the webinar(s) will be recorded!)
Sample Agenda
Enjoy the webinar.
  • Login in at or dial in to (201) 479-4595, meeting ID 32260838. 
  • Take time to write letters to the editor using our sample template (available the week of March 21), or editorial packet
  • Take a picture of your group and post it on Facebook and/or tweet it out using the hashtags #EndTB and #WorldTBDay‚Äč

Letter to the Editor. Watch your inboxes or check our website, for a World TB Day action alert that will empower you to write and submit a letter in advance of March 24, World TB Day.

The Reach Act: Don't Lose Steam!

We met our first goal early! We wanted 100 cosponsors on the House version of the Reach Act before March 31, and you've already reached 105! 

The legislation has real bipartisan movement, and we must capitalize on it. Keep up the excellent work, both in the House and in the Senate (S.1911 has 13 cosponsors)  Furthermore, we continue to work to blanket the nation with media on the Reach Act.

Four big ways to advocate:

1. Book meetings with your legislators to discuss the Reach Act and make your requests. 

2. Call your representative about the Reach Act. Ask Democrats to bring along a Republican colleague.

3. Or write your senators! Again, ask Democrats to bring along a Republican colleague.

4. Even write your local paper! Have you tweeted out your latest published piece?

Earlybird Discount for International Conference (Plus a Discount on United Airlines). And REAL Change Applications. 

1. What Are You Doing the Last Week of June? Learning, connecting, making change, having fun, making memories. That's what's in store for all of us in DC during 2016 International Conference! Registration is open at the earlybird discount rate! 

2. International Conference Discount Code for United Airlines. Conference attendees now have access to a code for a discounted fare on their United flight to/from the International Conference. Individuals booking online thru should enter the Offer Code: ZWK4473457 in the “Offer Code” box when searing for their flight. The prices shown will include the discount already. The discount will vary (between 2% and 20%). The code will be valid for any travel into the Washington area (IAD, DCA, BWI) between June 20, 2016 and July 1, 2016.

3. Are You an Aspiring Young Advocate-Leader? Then we are looking for you! We are recruiting the next generation of young activists and leaders in fighting poverty at home and abroad. RESULTS will train and guide you to create personal relationships with policymakers in Congress and other branches of government. We’ll train and support you to speak powerfully and engage with the media and your community. RESULTS has proven over the past 35 years that when people like you use their voices effectively, we can make progress towards ending poverty. For more information, see our website. 

Last Call for Group Plans!

Group leader, please submit your group's 2016 plans to Ken Patterson, Director of Global Grassroots Advocacy or Lisa Marchal, Senior Global Grassroots Associate. 

Upcoming Learning Opportunities

March 23. World TB Day Outreach Webinar. See above for all the details!

March 25, 1 pm ET. RESULTS Introductory Call. The perfect RESULTS primer. Contact us with any questions and RSVP for the call.

March 31, 2 pm ET. Advocacy 101 Webinar. This training will overview the basics on how to secure an in-district lobby meeting and make sure the meeting is a success.  We'll also touch on resources to help you prepare to make the most of this opportunity! To join the meeting online, go to To join by phone, dial (201) 479-4595, meeting ID 31404402.

April 9, 2 pm ET. April National Webinar/Conference Call for Grassroots – Global Campaigns. Login information: To join by phone only, dial (201) 479-4595, meeting ID 30204806.

June 25-28. RESULTS 2016 International Conference. 

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