Global Poverty Weekly Update March 6, 2017
Global Poverty Campaigns
Weekly Update | Week of March 6, 2017
Quote of the Week
"In order for my community to become a safer and a more supportive environment, I must be the catalyst for that change. I love being able to say, ‘Congress works for me.’ I know my voice matters. It's important to share with my state officials and let them know that I am worth listening to and that I can make change."
– Sharvonne Williams, RESULTS Indianapolis advocate
Don't Miss It! RESULTS National Grassroots Webinar for Global Campaigns – 2 pm ET, Saturday, March 11
Make the Time. Gather Your Group. Prepare to Learn and be Empowered for Action. Login: https://www.fuzemeeting.com/fuze/f2988286/30204806. Or to join by phone only, dial (201) 479-4595, meeting ID 30204806.
Time is of the Essence for Appropriations: RESULTS' First 100 Days Continues
For this campaign, 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 already filling up with completed and scheduled meetings. Check out the tally in real time on our First 100 Days resource page. #First100Days #RESULTS100
1. Take a look at our Appropriations page to get one-pagers on all our requests and submit those requests NOW. In addition to the one-pagers, you can grab a copy of the February Action Sheet and Advocacy Workshop Guide (scroll to the bottom of the Appropriations page). The action sheet will help you make those appropriations requests to your foreign policy aides. Our appropriations page also has a laser talk and an FY17 appropriations summary from last year for reference and context. Individual offices of members of Congress need your requests now. Prepare to make your requests today! (The House will be submitting their requests to the State and Foreign Operations Subcommittee on Appropriations (SFOPS) by March 30. No Senate deadline yet.) You can even send your requests electronically and then follow up on your request by phone or – even better – with an in-person meeting!
2. Ask your House Member to Testify. Would your representative want to speak up on the importance of foreign assistance at the SFOPS Member Day? They must submit their request to testify by March 9.
3. Book Your Meetings with Your Members of Congress. 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, and grab the appropriate one-pagers for each of your appropriations requests.
4. Write an LTE on Appropriations. Use and share the brand new March Action Sheet and Advocacy Workshop Guide (also available in PDF) focusing on getting published in the media and raising the call to protect programs that alleviate global poverty.
P.S. "Dear Colleague" letters on appropriations, which underscore our work and can be signed in support by your legislators, will be forthcoming. Stay tuned!
Outreach: People are Looking for You
Outreach isn't just about building and holding events. 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 which now come complete with a meeting guide. 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. Let's work toward 500 outreach moments in 2017!
Leading with Action: The 2017 RESULTS International Conference
The International Conference (IC) is roughly 5 months away. This allows you ample time to plan ahead, to ask a fellow advocate to attend, to help us work together to build a groundswell in DC in late July. We are in a moment of citizen advocacy. Don't let this opportunity pass you bya! Join us in our nation's capital July 22-25, 2017 and we'll head to Capitol Hill together, because Congress needs to hear from YOU. The RESULTS International Conference is a chance to use your voice to change the world. Together we’ll spend three days hearing from leading experts, learning new skills, and meeting fellow advocates committed to the end of poverty. Then we’ll take our message straight to Capitol Hill. Registration is now open at earlybird rates!
P.S. 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.
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 8, 9 pm ET. RESULTS Introductory Call. The perfect RESULTS primer. Contact us with any questions and RSVP for the call.
March 11, 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.
March 15, 9 pm ET. Creating Bi-Partisan Support for our Issues in our Communities: A Learning and Sharing Lab. Log in online: http://fuze.me/34116938 or via phone (201) 479-4595, meeting ID 34116938.
March 16, 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. The forward and chapter one 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: March 30, April 13, April 27 (dates subject to change).
March 16-17. Senate recess.
April 10-21. 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.)