Global Poverty Weekly Update May 1, 2017
Global Poverty Campaigns
Weekly Update | Week of May 1, 2017
"I research issues related to inequality and health, and I always come back to policies and societal forces that shape how we live. Without a way to take action to change these policies, I feel really discouraged. I learned about RESULTS in a student group, and fell in love with the sense of empowerment I gained from taking action."
– RESULTS advocate Haley Medved Kendrick
79% of our global poverty groups participated in a phenomenal First 100 Days Campaign. Here's what RESULTS Executive Director Joanne Carter said about the entire grassroots network's hard work: "Since we launched our First 100 Days Campaign, RESULTS advocates have had over 100 face-to-face meetings with members of Congress, and 200 more with congressional aides. That's more than three meetings per day. On top of that, they've published 300 pieces of media – almost half of last year's record-breaking total in four short months." And as part of this campaign, 48% of global groups create 125 outreach activities. We are well on our way to achieving 500 outreach moments in 2017!
If your group or you as an individual advocate still need to report on your First 100 Days actions, please do so this week and be counted!
Check out the tally of your accomplishments on our First 100 Days resource page. And then keep reading this Weekly Update for news and support to keep the advocacy momentum going during upcoming congressional recesses and in DC at the RESULTS International Conference.
1. May Action Sheet and Editorial Packet on the FY18 Budget. Earlier this spring, the White House released a budget blueprint that would slash U.S. investments in the fight against poverty around the world in FY18. Use our May Action Sheet to create an Education & Action meeting on this issue. The action sheet will empower you to write a Mother's Day-themed letter to the editor. And pitch this editorial packet to your local editor, asking them to issue a call for the preservation of this vital funding.
2. Senate Maternal and Child Health Sign-on Letter. Now is the time to urge members of Congress to voice their support for protecting and increasing funding for anti-poverty programs in global health and education for fiscal year 2018. The House has completed the official process for weighing in, so now we turn our attention to the Senate. There are two key actions RESULTS advocates can take with their senators: 1) Ask your Senators to make a personal appropriations request to the State and Foreign Operations Appropriations Subcommittee (SFOPS) leadership and 2) ask your Senator to sign on to a maternal/child health (MCH) “Dear Colleague” letter. Check out the PDF and Word versions of this action sheet so you can enroll your group and new invitees to take action.
Current Signers for Senate Maternal and Child Health, Gavi, and Nutrition Letter (as of May 2) – 22 signers: Susan Collins (R-ME), Chris Coons (D-DE), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Maria Cantwell (D-WA), Ben Cardin (D-MD), Richard Durbin (D-IL), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Maggie Hassan (D-NH), Martin Heinrich (D-NM), Mazie Hirono (D-HI), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Ed Markey (D-MA), Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Chris Murphy (D-CT), Bill Nelson (D-FL), Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Ron Wyden (D-OR)
Dr. Joia Mukherjee (Chief Medical Office at Partners in Health) . . . speaker and author Pamela M. Covington . . . Washington Post columnist Michael Gerson . . . and more. These are some of the speakers you'll be able to see and hear at this year's International Conference! Check out the current list of speakers as well as the current menu of workshops that will be available at this year's International Conference.
1. Our International Conference video. Check it out! It shows you all the reasons you and those you are inviting should make the investment to join us in our nation's capital July 22-25. The RESULTS International Conference (IC) is a chance to use your voice to change the world. Registration is now open at earlybird rates, but the earlybird rate ends May 15!
2. Invite Others! Use our new brochure to invite others to apply for the REAL Change program (which includes IC scholarship monies) by April 30 or to invite anyone to the IC before the earlybird rate goes away May 15. Then share your excitement on Twitter or Facebook and boldly ask someone new to join us in DC this summer.
3. Help getting to the conference. Global poverty advocates: apply for scholarship help – what we call "gap funding." And check out our conference FAQ for cost-saving tips on flights and more.
1. May 13, 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.
2. May Group Planning. The First 100 Days may be over, but our powerful work is not. Grab our fresh 2017 Group Planning Materials to springboard off your First 100 Days success and carry forward your plans into the balance of the year. (Planning materials available for individual advocates, too!) We’ve also updated our online form where you can submit your plans: www.tinyurl.com/RESULTS2017Plans. Take time in May to complete your 2017 Group Plan Summary and submit it online no later than May 31, 2017.
3. May 15. Earlybird Rate for the RESULTS International Conference ends.
4. RESULTS & RESULTS Educational Fund Grassroots Board Member Election. Would you like to take on a leadership role in governing our RESULTS community? Do you know someone who you think would be a strong voice for guiding our national organization? We are pleased to announce that we are now accepting nominations for the RESULTS & RESULTS Educational Fund Grassroots Board Member election, which will be held this summer. The two seats currently held by Vanessa Garcia and Cindy Changyit Levin will become vacant in July. This election will fill these seats, so that we continue to have four grassroots volunteers serving on our board. You can nominate someone who you think would be a strong voice representing RESULTS volunteers OR you can even nominate yourself if you want to take a bold new step in your leadership journey. Nominations will close on Sunday, May 28.
May 8-12. House Recess.
May 13, 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.
May 15. Earlybird Rate for the International Conference ENDS.
May 15-26. Friends & Family Fundraising Campaign.
May 28. Nominations Due for Grassroots Board Member Election.
May 29-June 2. Senate Recess.
July 22-25. RESULTS International Conference in Washington DC at the Washington Court Hotel. Registration is open!
Advocacy Resources (Weekly updates, action sheets, online action alerts, and more)
Report 2017 Actions
2015 & 2016 Global Congressional Scorecards (See global poverty actions your members of Congress have taken over the past few years.)
Contact the Grassroots Board Members of the RESULTS Board. Also, you can view the most recently published minutes from Board meetings on the RESULTS website, as well as download RESULTS’ most recent Annual Report.