Global Poverty Weekly Update March 20, 2017
Global Poverty Campaigns
Weekly Update | Week of March 20, 2017
Quote of the Week
"My first lobby meeting was incredibly empowering. I went from feeling insignificant to powerful. There is nothing like being in a room with such committed, loving people."
– Liz Clerkin, RESULTS Cleveland advocate
Just a Few Days Left: Take Action on Appropriations Sign-on Letters
First, what is a sign-on letter?
What can you do?
National Call-in Day on the Budget!
Watch your inboxes tomorrow – or check out our online action alerts page tomorrow – to take part in a national coalition call-in day on the budget, supporting global development and anti-poverty programs. The President has proposed a 30% cut to the State Department budget for 2018. This is the same budget that funds basic education and basic healthcare for people in poorer partner nations. Cutting these funds will not make the U.S. safer and will harm millions of people. Congress is the buffer between these proposed cuts and they people they would impact. Only Congress can stop them. Join with our coalition partners for national call-in days March 22 and 23 to Congress asking them to protect the international development budget.
Other Key Opportunities
1. World TB Day Hearing. Invite your House members to the World TB Day Congressional Briefing on March 24. this week being co-sponsored by RESULTS. Click to download the invitation and send it along with a personal note.
2. Hear from RESULTS Advocates Who Traveled to Zambia. March 29, 9 pm ET. RESULTS volunteers rarely have the opportunity to see how their advocacy impacts partner nations. This sharing and learning tour was an opportunity for twelve experienced U.S. volunteer advocates to connect their advocacy for global programs with the real impact of these programs on the ground, and to support our advocacy partner in Zambia, CITAM+, in its efforts to grow and develop grassroots advocates as well as learn from their the experience of CITAM+. Join RESULTS grassroots advocates as we continue to share experiences from the tour. Login: http://fuze.me/34592242. Or join via phone: (201) 479-4595, meeting ID 34592242.
3. Race and Advocacy "Book Club" Webinar. March 30, 8 pm ET. Are you interested in exploring the critical relationship between advocacy and anti-oppression? Please join RESULTS for a virtual opportunity for a conversation around the book The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration In the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander. We invite you to this webinar beginning the discussion around systematic oppression in the United States and how it relates to our RESULTS global and U.S. poverty campaigns. Chapters two and three will be discussed during this installment. To participate, log in at http://fuze.me/34326078 or dial in by phone (201) 479-4595, meeting ID 34326078. Continuing dates: April 13, April 27 (dates subject to change).
4. Advocacy Workshop Guide and Webinar. We face a unique opportunity at this moment. Countless people are waking up to the fact that apathy and disengagement are no longer an option in our political process. They want to get involved, but they don’t know what to do or how to do it. RESULTS volunteers serve as the model of what an engaged, informed citizen looks like. Sharing that experience with others will bring new people into our groups and strengthen the democratic process. As you may have discovered already, we are supporting you to engage people in your community each month with the monthly Action Sheet by automatically attaching an accompanying sample meeting agenda. But are also finding that community groups are interested in more comprehensive training.
The First 100 Days Enters the Final Six Weeks
Our goal is to have 100% of RESULTS groups and Free Agents meet face-to-face with their members of Congress or meet with local staff in person with participation by DC policy staff. The scoreboard is looking great with completed and scheduled meetings. Check out the tally in real time on our First 100 Days resource page. #First100Days #RESULTS100
1. Book Your Meetings with Your Members of Congress for the upcoming April 10-21 recess. Let us know of your planned member of Congress meetings through our online form. Prep for your meeting using top tips from our Activist Milestones.
2. Outreach To Your Community. It's having coffee with someone who wants to know more. It's inviting a new potential advocate to your local meeting, framed as an advocacy workshop by using our monthly action sheets and sample meeting guide – like the March Action Sheet (also in PDF) helping you write a letter to the editor about appropriations. It's all of these things, and in this time of invigorated civic awareness, you and your fellow advocates are perfectly primed to bring interested folks into our critical advocacy work. Report an outreach activity using our handy form. Help us get to 500 outreach moments!
Extra Credit: Ask an interested friend, neighbor, or family member to write a letter to the editor that asks for support for a budget that prioritizes our global anti-poverty programs.
Change Your Life: The 2017 RESULTS International Conference
"The International Conference changed my life – it will change yours, too." – Tiffany Wood, RESULTS advocate in Wisconsin
Have your seen our new International Conference video? It shows you all the reasons you should join us in our nation's capital July 22-25, 2017. The RESULTS International Conference (IC) is a chance to use your voice to change the world. Listening, sharing, learning, networking, and advocating with hundreds of others just like you who are committed to the end of poverty. Registration is now open at earlybird rates!
Apply for scholarship help – what we call "gap funding"!
And use our new brochure to invite others to apply for the REAL Change program (which includes IC scholarship monies) or to invite anyone to the IC. Then share your excitement on Twitter or Facebook and boldly ask someone new to join us in DC this summer.
Upcoming Learning and Action Opportunities
Ongoing. REAL Change Fellowship. The 2017-18 REAL Change Fellowship for emerging leaders (age 18-30) is open for applications.
March 24. World TB Day.
March 24, 1 pm ET. RESULTS Introductory Call. The perfect RESULTS primer. Contact us with any questions and RSVP for the call.
March 29, 9 pm ET. RESULTS Zambia Tour Sharing Session. Login: http://fuze.me/34592242. Or join via phone: (201) 479-4595, meeting ID 34592242.
March 30, 8 pm ET. Race and Advocacy "Book Club" Webinar. Are you interested in exploring the critical relationship between advocacy and anti-oppression? Please join RESULTS for a virtual opportunity for a conversation around the book The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration In the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander. We invite you to this webinar beginning the discussion around systematic oppression in the United States and how it relates to our RESULTS global and U.S. poverty campaigns. Chapters two and three will be discussed during this installment. To participate, log in at http://fuze.me/34326078 or dial in by phone (201) 479-4595, meeting ID 34326078. Continuing dates: April 13, April 27 (dates subject to change).
April 8, 2 pm ET. National Webinar/Conference Call for Grassroots. Login: https://www.fuzemeeting.com/fuze/f2988286/30204806. Or to join by phone only, dial (201) 479-4595, meeting ID 30204806.
April 12, 9 pm ET. It's Go Time: Tools and Practices for Engaging Your Community in Advocacy Webinar. To join, log in at http://fuze.me/34577774 or dial in at (201) 479-4595, meeting ID 34577774.
April 10-21. House and Senate recesses.
July 22-25. RESULTS International Conference in Washington DC at the Washington Court Hotel. Registration is open!
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