Global Poverty Weekly Update March 7, 2016

March 7, 2016

Global Poverty Campaigns

Weekly Update | Week of March 7, 2016

Quote of the Week

"I have always believed that putting an end to extreme poverty will pave the way for peace."

– Barbara Drake, RESULTS Tampa advocate

This Saturday: The National Grassroots Webinar/Conference Call 

March 12, 2 pm ET. Join the March national webinar for grassroots, global campaigns. Focus: World TB Day, with special guests TB survivor and advocate Nora Rodriguez and RESULTS TB Advocacy Officer David Bryden. Nora, a Denver resident, is a dedicated fourth grade teacher, with 24 years of experience, and yet MDR-TB has knocked her out of the profession she loves . . . for now. Come be inspired and motivated by her story. Login information: To join by phone only, dial (201) 479-4595, meeting ID 30204806.

This is the Week to Push Sign-on Letters for Appropriations

In addition to the specific appropriations requests you all worked hard to submit to your members of Congress, we have a final week to 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 seven letters to appropriators now circulating in Congress (three 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 now. Deadlines to keep in mind:

  • 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
  • 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 and More!

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 14), 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


Mini-grants. Last call! Fuel a great World TB Day outreach event with a RESULTS mini-grant! Get all the details from your group leader, or contact Ken Patterson, Director of Global Grassroots Advocacy, for an application with all the details. 

Letter to the Editor. Watch your inboxes 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.

Earlybird Discount for International Conference. Plus, 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. 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. 

And Don't Forget The Reach Act: One Goal Down. We'll Keep Going!

We met our first goal early! 100 cosponsors on the House version of the Reach Act before March 31? No problem – you reached it! 

What does that mean? It means the legislation has real bipartican moment, and we must capitalize on it being keeping up the work of gathering cosponsors. Furthermore, we have generated over 200 pieces of media in 36 states on the Reach ActWe want to get media in all 50 states as soon as we can. 

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?

Fundraising Round-up: Huge Celebration!

From Caitlin Van Orden, Director of Individual Giving: Last October, RESULTS reached out to our volunteers to help us meet our $100,000 grassroots fundraising target before the end of 2015. Your response was overwhelming and I am thrilled to report that together the Friends and Family campaigns and grassroots events you all held in November and December helped us BEAT our goal by raising $110,500! This is truly amazing work and shows that the strength and dedication of RESULTS grassroots volunteers is unrivaled! We are so grateful to all of you for heeding the call and making our end of year so successful. We look forward to another successful year in 2016!

Upcoming Learning Opportunities

March 9, 9 pm ET. RESULTS Introductory Call. The perfect RESULTS primer. Contact us with any questions and RSVP for the call.

March 12, 2 pm ET. Join the February national webinar for grassroots, global campaigns. Focus: World TB Day. Login information: To join by phone only, dial (201) 479-4595, meeting ID 30204806.

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

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.

June 25-28. RESULTS 2016 International Conference. 

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