Global Poverty Weekly Update May 23, 2016
Global Poverty Campaigns
Weekly Update | Week of May 23, 2016
"Far too often, mothers in the least-developed parts of the world are losing their children to diseases that could have been prevented by vaccinations, adequate nutrition and timely medical care. This can be fixed, however."
– Leslie Weinberg, RESULTS advocate, talking about the Reach Act in the Hartford Courant.
We're taking it up a notch. Now is the time for representatives and senators to encourage the leadership of the House Foreign Affairs and Senator Foreign Relations Committees to work on the Reach Act (H.R. 3706/S. 1911). Media is making the case, and you've almost placed media 43 states, plus Puerto Rico and Washington, DC. Cosponsors are increasing the drumbeat of support. It's time for congressional leadership to act!
How can you call on congressional leadership to show the courage moms and kids deserve?
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 143 cosponsors (58 of them Republicans, including the lead) . . . and 11 new Republicans. Keep going . . . we have 5 weeks, and we're bound to make our goals!
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. Voice support for robust replenishment of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria at the September 16 replenishment meeting in Canada. The House will be on recess, which means a particular opportunity to make Senate meetings happen – even face-to-face meetings! 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. Learn, and make a difference!
1. May 26 is the Hotel Deadline. After this date, we cannot guarantee room availability or the discounted price at the conference hotel. Book today!
2. Would You Like Some Prep Tips? Take a look at our handy International Conference Checklist to make the most of ths month leading up to the conference. You can also check out the conference FAQs for some great information.
3. 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! 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.
4. Information on Setting Up Lobby Day Meetings.
5. 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 Workshop: Global Health Network Building. Friday June 24, 3-6 pm ET, 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 ET, including lunch.
6. 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.
7. 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.
8. 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:
Recently 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: https://friendraising.donorpro.com/campaigns/322. If you need help setting up a page, contact Grassroots Fundraising Associate Jen DeFranco.
What's more, through the incredible generosity of one of our board members and his family, between now and June 26, if we collectively raise $35,000 through the Road to Rio Fundraising Challenge, an additional $15,000 contribution will be donated.
1. RESULTS & RESULTS Educational Fund is looking to fill one grassroots board position to serve a term of three (3) years beginning in July of 2016. (There are four grassroots board seats in total.) Grassroots board members represent the volunteer body on the Board of Directors and on the Executive Committee of the Board. It is the responsibility of the Board of Directors to work with the Executive Director in shaping the direction of RESULTS, advising on major policies for the organization, and providing fiduciary oversight. The Executive Committee of the Board is the primary governing body of the organization. Members meet frequently by conference call and are in communication via e-mail and telephone calls. Members must be able to participate at this level and are expected to chair or serve on a Board Committee(s) as well as participate in fundraising for the organization. Grassroots board members play a particular role in representing grassroots perspectives on the board.
Our grassroots board candidates include Tadeo Melean Weiner (Kansas City U.S. poverty group), Maxine Thomas (Indianapolis U.S. poverty group) and Charles Wallace (Austin global poverty group).
2. Bob Dickerson of Seattle was a grassroots advocate with RESULTS for more than 15 years. He was tireless in his advocacy and generous in his financial support. Bob epitomized this the best of what it means to be a grassroots volunteer. You can send your nominations to [email protected] (deadline June 11). In your nomination, tell us who you want to nominate. Include how the volunteer has achieved the mission of RESULTS, why they are a powerful citizen advocate, and how they inspire you.
P.S. And when it comes to inspiration, you can't do better than our founder Sam Daley-Harris. Here's a recent interview he did on The Big Picture!
May 30-June 3. House and Senate are in recess.
June 11, 2 pm ET. National Webinar/Conference Call for Grassroots – Global Campaigns. Login information: https://www.fuzemeeting.com/fuze/f2988286/30204806. To join by phone only, dial (201) 479-4595, meeting ID 30204806.
June 25-28. RESULTS 2016 International Conference.
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