Global Poverty Weekly Update May 2, 2016

May 2, 2016

Global Poverty Campaigns

Weekly Update | Week of May 2, 2016

Quote of the Week

"The Reach Act (S. 1911 and H.R. 3706) will ensure that USAID, our country’s main international development agency, cultivates a clear and measurable strategy to help achieve this goal. This legislation focuses on increasing evidence-based interventions and would create new innovative funding sources, like private/public partnerships, to complement our investment. By cosponsoring this legislation, our Congress has the opportunity to keep this momentum moving forward and create a legacy worth remembering. It’s hard to imagine a more powerful way to work together."

– Veronica McDuffee, RESULTS Global Grassroots Organizer. Read more of her letter to the editor to the Idaho Statesman. 

The Reach Act: Mother's Day is a Fantastic Media Hook 

This is the week to write! Mother's Day is a perfect hook for talking about maternal/child health and the potential power of H.R.3706/S.1911, the Reach Act. Now is a golden window of time. Do you have 15 minutes to make a difference? Use this online action alert to write your local paper! (And, if you've been published, have you posted your piece on social media and sent a copy to your legislators?)

Due to political uncertainty in Brazil, the way forward with the Nutrition for Growth Summit has yet to be determined. So we're redoubling our efforts on making the Reach Act a reality. In addition to the online action alert, we've rolled out a fresh editorial packet, a new action sheet, a Spring 2016 education and action/outreach guide, and more. Check out these resources on our maternal/child health issue page as well as on our media toolkit page

Our Reach Act Quarter 2 (April-June) goals: 150 cosponsors and 15 new Republicans. So far we have 127 cosponsors (53 Republicans) and 7 new Republicans. Let's knock it out of the park these next two months by calling for action in the media!

And to support your media work, we'll have special guest John Breunig on the May 14 national grassroots webinar! Join us at 2 pm ET that day (see "Upcoming Learning Opportunities" for login information) to hear some terrific insights on working with with the media. Breunig is editorial page editor and former editor of the (Stamford) Advocate and Greenwich Time newspapers in Connecticut. Breunig has written about how his county copes with the widest income gap in the nation, and works annually on his papers’ campaign to assist struggling families. He was a runner-up in 2014’s National Society of Newspaper Columnists contest, and has won several awards for 9/11 coverage. His work has appeared in the New York Times, USA Today, The Week and the San Francisco Chronicle. He is the 2015 winner of the RESULTS Cameron Duncan Media Award.

2016 International Conference: Sign Up for an Intensive!

The International Conference is an opportunity to learn and connect, but also to move the needle on our issues and deepen relationships. Come to the 2016 International Conference and help us push the Reach Act toward passage. Meet the powerful schedulers in the offices of your representatives and senators in person. Then land that in-district or in-state meeting back home, too. Come and change the world!

1. Financial Assistance Available. Learning, connecting, making change, having fun, making memories. That's what's in store for all of us in DC during International Conference! Register today! If you want to come to the International Conference but are finding it difficult to gather all of the resources necessary to attend, let us know what your need is via our online form. We’ll do our best to support you.

2. Pre-IC and Post-IC Intensives. We are offering two extra opportunities to gain skills and have an impact at the 2016 IC. Below are the details on each of the workshop. Please join us! Both workshops will take place at the Washington Court Hotel, the same location as the RESULTS International Conference. If you are interested, check out this online application form and details.

Pre-IC WorkshopGlobal Health Network Building. Friday June 24, 3-6 pm, then dinner.

Post-IC Workshop: We’re All in This Together: Global Fund Op-ed Writing Workshop. Wednesday June 29, 8:30 am-1:30 pm, including lunch.

3. REAL Change Fellowship Applications Extended to May 31.  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 for inspiration from our current cohort of REAL Change fellows, check out this post by Kaylee Rogers

4. Want to Find a Roommate for the Conference? Subscribe to the IC Help-Share Group by sending an email to [email protected]. Then send a message requesting a roommate or offering room space. If you have questions on how the group works, contact Lisa Marchal, Senior Global Grassroots Associate. 

5. International Conference Discount Code for United Airlines. Conference attendees now have access to a code for a discounted fare on their United flight to/from the International Conference. Here's what to do:

Option 1

  • Go to the United home page (, in the middle of the page there are the flight search boxes, and just left of the “Search” button there is the “Advanced Search”- CLICK “Advanced Search”.
  • Fill out all the appropriate fields, as if you were booking your flight.  Fill out the last box- “Promotions and certificates”.
  • In the “Promotions and certificates” field enter: ZWK4473457.
  • CLICK “Search”- flights showing will reflect the discount.

Option 2

  • Go to the United home page ( scroll down to the lower 1/3 of the screen, then CLICK “Products & Services”
  • Three columns of options will display.  The last option in the middle is “Travel for groups & meetings”- CLICK this one.
  • SCROLL down, and CLICK “United Meetings”.
  • CLICK “Book meeting reservations”
  • In the Offer Code box enter: ZWK4473457, CLICK arrow to the right.
  • Proceed to book your flight, flights showing will reflect the discount.

Road to Rio Fundraising Challenge

Last week, RESULTS Executive Director Joanne Carter sent an email inviting all of you to join our Road to Rio Fundraising Challenge. We hope you have all signed up for this exciting campaign. The money we raise will benefit the advocacy work we are already doing. This campaign is a fun and easy way for us to all be fundraisers and celebrate the global collaboration of the 2016 Summer Olympics being held in Rio de Janeiro.  This is the first time we are coordinating with RESULTS affiliates in the UK and Canada on a collective fundraising effort. You can get started by setting up your personal friends and family page here: you need help setting up a page, contact Grassroots Fundraising Associate Jen DeFranco

Great Blog Reads

Some time-worthy blog entries have just a popped up, and you may want to take a look. On 100 Million Ideas, the blog of the Microcredit Summit Campaign, read Director of Global Grassroots Advocacy Ken Patterson's thoughts on "entrepreneurial democracy," as well as a word on the future of the Campaign itself. Or read RESULTS founder Sam Daley-Harris' hopeful message on the Month of Microfinance blog. 

Upcoming Learning Opportunities

May 11, 9 pm ET. RESULTS Introductory Call. The perfect RESULTS primer. Contact us with any questions and RSVP for the call.

May 14, 2 pm ET. May National Webinar/Conference Call for Grassroots – Global Campaigns. Login information: To join by phone only, dial (201) 479-4595, meeting ID 30204806.

June 25-28. RESULTS 2016 International Conference. 

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