Global Poverty Weekly Update March 27, 2017


March 27, 2017

Global Poverty Campaigns

Weekly Update | Week of March 27, 2017


Quote of the Week

"The amazing people that make up RESULTS motivated me to become an advocate. Their love for humanity and will to fight is an inspiration. They've shown me that there is incredible good in this world." – Yaseer Khanani, REAL Change Fellow


Final Moments: Appropriations Sign-on Letters


Log In and Learn

1. 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.

2. 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). 

3. National Webinar/Conference Call for Grassroots featuring Tim Nickens, Editor of Editorials for the Tampa Bay Times. April 8, 2 pm ET. Log into the webinar using this link:  https://www.fuzemeeting.com/fuze/f2988286/30204806Or to join by phone only, dial (201) 479-4595, meeting ID 30204806. 

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.

  • So we've created a longer advocacy workshop guide to support you in training others in a broader set of skills. Look for it on our Resources page. 

  • And mark your calendars for "It's Go Time: Tools and Practices for Engaging Your Community in Advocacy" at 9 pm ET on April 12. This webinar will offer more information on how to use the longer advocacy workshop guide and other best practices for community engagement. To join, log in at http://fuze.me/34577774 or dial in at (201) 479-4595, meeting ID 34577774.


The First 100 Days: One Month to Go!

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 workReport 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.


Celebrations!

1. Fundraising in the Pacific Northwest. "Overall, this event was a great example of a RESULTS group maximizing the potential of a fundraising event to not just raise money, but engage local members of Congress and leverage the media to bring attention to the work of the group and ultimately attract new volunteers." These observations by Caitlin Van Orden, Director of Individual Giving, come from her recent attendance at a marvelous fundraiser held in Seattle. Read more on our blog. 

2. Outreach Around the Country. Our soon-to-finish outreach tour with global health expert Maurine Murenga, several of our RESULTS staff, and some terrific RESULTS advocates has yielded excitement, awareness, and potential new advocates, as evidenced by the news coverage in Sioux Falls, one of the tour stops. Check it out online.


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! 

Global poverty advocates: 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. 

  • Twitter sample tweet: Feeling a call to action? Join @RESULTS_Tweets this summer in Washington and talk to Congress face-to-face. www.resultsconference.org

  • Facebook sample post: Congress needs to hear from you. This summer, meet with your representatives face-to-face. https://youtu.be/9HIQzUtpdM0. @RESULTS #Voices4RESULTS


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 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. Featuring Tim Nickens, Editor of Editorials for the Tampa Bay Times. Login: https://www.fuzemeeting.com/fuze/f2988286/30204806Or 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 12, 9 pm ET. RESULTS Introductory Call. The perfect RESULTS primer. Contact us with any questions and RSVP for the call.

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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